Sony Xperia SP with Locked Bootloader Receives Unofficial CyanogenMod 10.2 Port
Sony released quite a few of interesting devices in 2013. One of the most successful was the Xperia SP, a device that easily can compete with Nexus 4 and other relatively powerful smartphones. Not too long ago, the Xperia SP was updated to Android 4.3. This gave developers an opportunity to cross more boundaries and limitations.
Xperia devices, although capable of being unlocked, are often locked by carriers. That makes developing for those devices harder, as custom kernels can’t be flashed. All Xperia SP owners with locked bootloaders now have a reason to smile. XDA Forum Member bagyusz used a method developed by XDA Recognized Developer KeiranFTW to create a build of CyanogenMod 10.2 available for locked Xperias.
The ROM uses 2nd-init method, which basically loads a second ramdisk on top of stock kernel. It’s not a new method and was used with an old line of msm7x27 Sony Ericsson devices in the past, but works great and even allows porting newer versions of Android with external kernel modules. A great majority of device features are working already, and the only noticeable bug is GPS. However, the build is quite early and this might be resolved at any moment.
If you are a happy owner of a locked SP, make your way to the development thread to try out some AOSP-derived goodness on your device.
[Thanks to XDA Senior Member mrjraider for the news tip!]