Will Verduzco · Jan 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

Highly Functional KitKat Build for Sony Xperia S

You may recall that just yesterday, we featured a highly functional KitKat build for the  Sony Xperia Ion, a somewhat forgotten device that was only officially updated to Android 4.1.2 and never received stable aftermarket builds of Android 4.2 or 4.3. Yesterday’s work came from  XDA Senior Member MrGezz and Recognized Developer RaymanFX.

As it turns out, several loyal readers sent tips and told us in the comments about RaymanFX’s previous work on a different, but related device. Today, we’re going to take a look at another build created by RaymanFX (and the OpenSEMC team), this time for the Sony Xperia S.

Like yesterday’s build almost everything works. In fact, the minor bugs that afflicted the Ion release such as the nonfunctional charging light and battery status wonkiness are not present in the Xperia S release. The currently known issues are relatively few and minor, and include things like a nonfunctional FM Radio, the lack of stereo sound on the hardware speaker, and the notification drawer not rendering smoothly. Essentially, unless you have very specific use-cases, this is more than capable of being your daily driver.

If you wish to give KitKat a try on your Xperia S, make your way over to the original thread to get started.

[Many thanks to our commenters who pointed out this build!]


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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