June 16, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
So you are browsing the XDA forum for a device you don’t happen to own, and you stumble upon a ROM that catches your eye. What’s more, the supported device even has a vastly different resolution than your own. What do you do next? Since we’re still trying to battle upgrade-itis, you’re not going to give in and buy the new device just yet. But how can you adapt some of the same experience for use on your own device? Port the ROM over!
First things first, it’s important to note that we highly encourage source-built development work rather than porting existing binaries over. However, sometimes, you want something quick and dirty that will be used for personal use. Unfortunately, though, this process is often too complicated for novice tweakers. Thanks to a guide created by XDA Recognized Developer sandy7, though, this is now easier than ever.
The guide is quite detailed. It spans three detailed and information-packed posts, and each post describes its part of the process in great detail. However, in order to successfully port a functional ROM to a vastly different target device, many steps are needed, so this is to be expected. That’s not to say that this process is difficult. It’s relatively straightforward. However, you’ll need to allocate a decent chunk of time prior to getting started. There are also screenshots along the way to help keep you on the right track.
While the guide is actually geared towards Xperia MDPI devices such as the Mini, Mini Pro, Active, Ray, and Live with Walkman, much of the guide contents can be adapted to other MDPI devices. So just be aware that if your target device is not one of the above, you’ll need to dig a little bit deeper to make it work. To learn more, head over to the guide thread.