If you own the Sony Xperia L and wondering on when will Sony release the Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update for your device, I have to say that there is nothing specified on that matter. But luckily for you, there is an alternative that can be used for updating your Xperia L to Android KitKat firmware. Yes, I am talking about the Omni ROM update, which can be anytime installed on your smartphone. Omni ROM was the first custom ROM based on Android 4.4 OS launched on the market, so you can safely use the software as it is stable and smooth – read the lines from below for learning more about this unofficial OS improvement.
Like any other custom ROM, Omni ROM represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android firmware. Now, by using this dedicated step by step guide you can learn how to flash the Android 4.4 based Omni ROM on your Sony Xperia L and test the latest features and capabilities without waiting for the OTA update to be rolled out. First, you should thank those of xda-developers because they are being “responsible” for the installation procedure explained and detailed below.
As I have already pointed out, Omni ROM isn’t an official Android 4.4 KitKat update provided by Sony for your Xperia L. In fact we are dealing with a custom firmware which can be only manually installed on your Android device. Furthermore, the flashing procedure can be risky and complex and you can end up in bricking your device while applying the software. In order to avoid the unpleasant situations you need to read all the guidelines from below; also don’t apply things without consulting my indications. Don’t worry everything you need to know is being described on this tutorial, tutorial which can be safely applied even by a newbie.
Omni ROM will bring a stable version of Android 4.4 KitKat firmware on your Sony Xperia L. According to those who have installed the update, everything is working as expected, there are no bugs and you can apply the software for a daily use. On the same time, Omni ROM brings stock and extra features, apps and capabilities which can then be used for improving the performances of your Xperia L. So, if you were planning in upgrading your phone, now you have the perfect opportunity in achieving the same.
With Omni ROM your Sony Xperia L will run faster, you will be able to receive more power, enjoy an upgraded battery life, improved web browsing experience and a redesigned Android OS which has been optimized especially for your device. So, with Omni ROM you will not get the pure Android 4.4 KitKat firmware as the ROM has its own UI and personalization options. On the same time, with this software you will be able to access the internal system of your Xperia L for installing custom apps, for removing in built programs and bloatware and even for overclocking your Android smartphone.
But if you want to achieve all that, first you will have to root your Sony device. The root access will remove the factory and default restrictions from your Xperia L so your phone will be prepared for the next step that has to be performed. Therefore, don’t go any further without gaining root access. Then, after completing the mentioned operation you will have to get and install the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery on your smartphone. You cannot update your Xperia L to Android 4.4 KitKat firmware without using one of the mentioned custom recovery images.
Be careful as when gaining root access, the warranty of your device will get void. All the mentioned processes from above are being unofficial ones so that’s why the warranty will get void. In case you are wondering, yes you can restore the warranty if you have to. In order to do so, you will have to revoke root access and flash the stock Android firmware; therefore downgrade your Xperia L to stock Android OS or update with an OTA update for being able to restore the lost warranty.
I also recommend you to backup the Xperia L data before starting the update operation. Why? Well when using CWM or TWRP recovery for flashing Omni ROM a wipe is being required – else the Android 4.4 KitKat OS will not run properly on your phone. So, when wiping the system your data which is saved on the internal storage memory will be erased. Because of that, take your time and use suitable backup and restore apps from Google play for saving everything that’s important for you. Don’t forget to use the recovery image for making a Nandroid backup – you can save and then restore the current ROM without using a complex tutorial like the present one.
Also, since this is a manual update operation, if you want to safely complete the steps from below a computer, your Xperia L and the phone’s USB cable are being required. On both computer and smartphone you need to deactivate the security protection before going any further and on your handset you need to go to “menu –settings – developer options” for enabling the USB debugging option. Check the battery status of your phone and if there is less than 50% power left, plug in the charger and only after that begin the installation procedure from below.
This step by step guide is showing you how to install Omni ROM Android 4.4 KitKat OS on the Sony Xperia L. So, don’t use the steps from below if you own a similar or different Android device. The tutorial is compatible only with the mentioned smartphone; else you will probably end up in bricking your phone.
Update Sony Xperia L to Android 4.4 KitKat OS with Omni ROM
- From here download the update file.
- From here download the Google apps package.
- Save the files on your computer and don’t unzip the same – place the files on desktop.
- Connect your Xperia L with your PC via USB cord.
- Take the downloaded files and place it on your phone’s SD card.
- Disconnect the devices by unplugging the USB cable.
- Turn off your device and wait a few seconds.
- Then reboot in recovery mode.
- Wipe the system and clear cache before going any further – choose “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery.
- Select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the firmware file and install the same.
- Then do the same thing and flash Google apps package.
- In the end from recovery select “reboot system now”.
Good job, you have updated your Sony Xperia L to Android 4.4 KitKat OS using Omni ROM. Remember that this is only a custom ROM firmware so the best will be to test the same before taking any other conclusion. See how the software works and don’t hesitate and share your impressions with us and with other Android users by using the comments area from below.