Soon after Sony announced the Google Play Edition of the massive Xperia Z Ultra, the Japan-based phone maker added a new device to the AOSP for Xperia Project, meant to bring a clean Android experience for the owners. We are taking about the Xperia L, one of the most affordable smartphones launched by Sony in 2013.
Even though the dual-core 1 GHz processor and the 4.3-inch sub-HD screen aren’t appealing for the users who want powerful hardware on their smartphones, those who want a stock Android experience will pleased to hear that they will be able to download and install Android 4.4 KitKat on the Xperia L. The sad news is that installing stock Android 4.4 KitKat on the Sony Xperia L is not as easy as flashing a custom ROM. First you will need to unlock the smartphone’s bootloader (which will void the warranty), then grab the source files from GitHub, and create the Android 4.4 image all by yourself. If you aren’t an advanced Android user, the process might give you some head aches.
If you know how to install the Android 4.4 AOSP on you Xperia L, you might want to know that it’s “not suited for everyday use,” as it doesn’t come with a couple of important functions like GPS or Bluetooth. Furthermore, Sony is not offering GApps for 4.4 AOSP for Xperia L as they are owned by Google. Fortunately, there’s a work around here, and you will be able to grab GApps from our website using this link.
For the time being, the AOSP for Xperia project supports only five devices: Xperia L, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Z, and Tablet Z.