Sony Xperia Z Ultra receives an early Android 5.0 Lollipop build, courtesy of XDA

Sony Xperia Z Ultra receives an early Android 5.0 Lollipop build, courtesy of XDA
Android 5.0 Lollipop is already upon us, gracing select devices either officially or unofficially (courtesy of the tireless Android developers that have worked towards this). It comes to no surprise that select Sony models already run Lollipop (take the Sony Xperia L, for example); what's more, Sony has already revealed that a large number of its most recent and not-so-recent handsets will get the newest Android. Among these was the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the large, 6.4" behemoth of a phablet that made the rounds roughly a year and a half ago.

Luckily enough, the fans of the 6.4" giant who are not of the patient type and don't want to wait for the Lollipop to arrive officially will probably be happy to know that the first AOSP-based Android 5 build for the Xperia Z Ultra is already here. The firmware has been ported by the long-time XDA developer Saatvik Shukla (who probably has a lot of love for Sony handsets) from the Sony Xperia Z1, which shares almost the same hardware insides as the Xperia Z Ultra. 

Then again, being an unofficial port, not everything works as intended. For example, the camera, GPS, and the stock video player don't work. The build is available for both the regular and the Google Play edition of the Xperia Z Ultra, and those who are eager to play the dangerous game of flashing and testing this early Lollipop will have to tread lightly, as flashing the wrong build might render your phone useless.
source: XDA

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Xperia Z Ultra
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3050 mAh(16h 3G talk time)



1. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

Great! Galaxy SIII also got an early unofficial cm12 build.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I kinda like this phone. It's huge but it can still easily compete with flagships today :) except the camera lol.. Though any flagship from end 2013 is still very competitive.

3. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

This is also the secret bargain of the year. Can be had for $299 no contract if you can find it.

7. MrDropgift

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

I have this phone and I love it. Use a smart watch to read my messages on the go though. Great phone for the price at this point. Amazon

4. cory944

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I'll wait for a version with less bugs, but it's really tempting. I want a LiquidSmooth version of lollipop too.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The Nexus 4, 5, and 6 and OnePlus One all have Lollipop LiquidSmooth builds. I haven't tried it yet on my Nexus 4, just the Nexus 6 L preview port and some other 5.0 AOSP build. I love LS 3.2 on my Nexus 4 though. Right now I think the 5.0 build is still pretty close to AOSP with the LS features being added over time.

6. blueether

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 29, 2014

GPs and video are about the only big bugs left @ ED - Correction, the GPe version is not released yet as it still has RIL issues

8. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

waiting for Z4 Ultra...

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