How to port the Xperia Z5 Premium Sony Walkman player to your Android device

How to port the Xperia Z5 Premium Sony Walkman player to your Android device
If you like Sony's new white-themed Walkman audio player, as found on the Xperia Z5 Premium, there is a way to port it over to your Android device, as long as it is running on Lollipop or Marshmallow, and is rooted, of course, with recovery installed. 

Besides Sony's fresh interface, which includes album art, song categorization by various criteria, and minimalistic controls, you will also be getting some of the under-the-hood goodies, like ClearAudio+ optimizer, the xLOUD speaker booster, and a bunch of equalizer presets, including a manual option. 

The high-fidelity DSEE HX upscaling technology can't be recreated, though, as this one is hardware dependent, and needs a dedicated sound processor and proprietary algorithms. Still, if you are feeling nostalgic about the Walkman brand, and want to see Sony's newest player run music on your Android device, here's what you need to do:

1. Download the Xperia Z5 Premium_Walkman Port v1.1 zip file to your Android gear;

2. Flash the downloaded zip via your installed recovery of choice (both CWM or TWRP will do);

3. As always, wipe your Dalvik/cache, and enjoy the Walkman player. Bear in mind that not everything will work on all handsets, but if you like playing around with ports and mods, you can give it a try.

source: androidexpert35 (XDA-Devs)

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Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Display 5.5 inches
    3840 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3430 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat



12. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

This bootlooped my Oneplus One running cm13 so be careful people!

14. king_of_mar1311

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 04, 2015

me too, in redmi note 2, miui7 hic, how to fix bootloop, i really want to use this version, older version (like dont have time to sleep funtion

5. rsiders

Posts: 2084; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I really miss the music player from the Xperia Z3 coming to the LG V10 but I'm not into the rooting thing so I guess I'll have to manage.

13. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Or you may try to get a good alternative from Play Store.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Knew this thread a mile away as i see this all the time in XDA! Needs mentioning of Z5 camera port too. Hows the app tho? Is it better than Viper?

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

It's an apples to oranges comparison. This app is a music player while Viper is an "enhanced equalizer" so it doesn't make sense to compare them

3. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This seems to be the regular "Music" app that I am used to seeing, not the Walkman branded... anyway IMO is still the best bundled player... I am a Beta Tester for it, and even the Beta versions are super stable and awesome. BTW the newest beta gives you the ability to change themes (black and white), among other features.

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Sony's apps (album, music, etc.) are the best in its class. They even put a lot of effort in the FM radio.

7. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

IMO PowerAmp is the best music player for Android (if you don't mind the $3.99 price), but I must agree, that the Album and the Video (etc.) apps are the bests of the stock media apps. (I have an Xperia Z).

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1579; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The best is Onkyo HF player, PowerAmp is a toy compared to it.

8. samgsam15

Posts: 51; Member since: May 09, 2014

Exactly. Their album app is amazing- Smooth, full of features. Walkman app too is very easy to use. I just hope they improve their camera algorithms for auto mode. Their small apps too are great :)

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

should i always wipe the cash after flashing anything ? i never know this !!

2. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

It's kind of a good practice type of thing. It's not mandatory, but it doesn't hurt to do it after flashing anything. The cache is just temp storage in the CPU so this process just clears it out and hopefully prevents any collisions between applications during boot... Or you get the evil boot loop

9. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Sony could sometimes try to make profit by giving Walkman on Play Store. Atleast till then, devs should try to make a working APK version of it!

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