Do you remember the Sony Xperia L? It got treated to the AOSP variation of Android 5.0 Lollipop

Back in March 2013, the world was still enjoying Baauer's fresh Harlem Shake hit single, NASA's s Curiosity Rover discovered even more water-bearing rocks on Mars, and Sony announced the mid-range Xperia L. With its humble dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus, 1GB of RAM, and a 4.3"display up front, the phone was not officially graced by a higher version of Android than 4.2.2 Jelly Bean during its lifetime. Yet, it seems that the dated Xperia L will have one last chance to prove its "prowess", as an Android 5.0 Lollipop build is now available for the trooper.

Naturally, the culprits for this are the developers from XDA, who have ported the stock AOSP version of the confectionery OS for the long-in-the-tooth Xperia L, which means that it's a slightly forked version of stock Android. We are dealing with an early build which has too many issues and flaws in order to be considered stable enough for a daily use (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS don't work properly yet), but without a doubt, most of these will be fixed in a timely fashion.

The Sony Xperia L joins the not-so-numerous army of other non-flagship devices from the past that surpassed many of the more popular Android representatives and received Lollipop thanks to unofficial builds. Last week, for example, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S III mini got treated to the sweet Android 5.0 Lollipop against all odds. In the meantime, however, most of Sony's flagships are already 

If you are sporting an unlcoked Sony Xperia L and want to get a lick of Google's finest, head on to the source links.

source: XDA (1), (2

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Xperia L
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1750 mAh(9.1h 3G talk time)



1. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

main pic is SP

2. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

SP and L, two worthy phones but only got 4.3 and 4.2 as their last official update. Releasing too much sh*tty mid-range and low-end phones costed Sony a lot, and left a lot of users very disappointed. Fortunately, we have these awesome devs working miracles Sony can't do.

3. funtikar

Posts: 25; Member since: May 05, 2012

I wouldnt say sh*tty but too much yes, they are just spitting phones and leaving them behind. Why the f would they even release Xperia E and Xperia E1 when you can buy Xperia M for the same price. It's ridiculous. The last year model is usable has much better specs then the the newer ones.

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

the Xperia M sucks too. I have it... why the hell they didnt put 8 GBs into these phones atleast

8. funtikar

Posts: 25; Member since: May 05, 2012

Xperia M was one of their first lower counterpart that had good battery life(atleast the single sim ver)....its quite groundbreaking for sony considering their history with Xperia lines with bad battery life. Although I wouldn't call it the best too, I had it too, I also complained about the 4gb internal and the poor camera .

4. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Totally remember this sh!tty phone. My friend hardly used for 3 months ,since then the service center guys been using it.

5. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

This, a friend bought one and the speaker started crackling, bright white spots appeared on the screen and the screen wasn't very responsive.

7. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Screen was biggest turned down. Poor viewing angles, barely visible in sunlight. Worst phone I've ever seen. Even that Nokia 520 is better made phone than this.

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