The Sony Xperia P is a mid range Android Smartphone manufactured and released by Sony. The Smartphone was officially announced in the month of February 2012. The Sony Xperia P had some very impressive hardware specifications for a mid range Android Smartphone. Below are some of the important hardware specifications of the Sony Xperia P:
- 1 GHz dual core processor.
- 1 GB of RAM.
- 16 GB of on-board storage with no MicroSD storage expansion support.
- 4 inch LCD display with a screen resolution of 540×960 pixels and a PPI of 275.
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
- 8 MP rear facing autofocus camera with LED flash.
- VGA secondary camera.
- Non-user replaceable 1305 mAh battery.
From the hardware specifications list, it is pretty much evident that the Sony Xperia P is not an under powered Android Smartphone. However as you might have noticed, the Sony Xperia P runs on an outdated version of Android, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Even though there has not been any official updates for the Sony Xperia P thereafter, you can update it to the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat OS by simply rooting it and then installing the Cyanogenmod 11 custom ROM. And today, we’re here with a much simple tutorial on how to update Sony Xperia P to Android 4.4 Kitkat manually by installing the Cyanogenmod 11 custom ROM.
Here are a couple of warning statements to begin with, before attempting to update Sony Xperia P to Android 4.4 Kitkat manually:
- Your Sony Xperia P should already be rooted before attempting to update it to Android 4.4 Kitkat.
- Rooting and installation of custom ROM’s on an Android Smartphone is not an authorized process and you will void the warranty of your Android Smartphone if you do so. Therefore, you’ll void the warranty over your Sony Xperia P as well once you root it. Hence, proceed at your own risk only.
- You’ll not be able to receive any official firmware updates once you install a custom ROM on your Sony Xperia P.
- We are not to be held responsible if something goes wrong during the processes mentioned below, and your Smartphone gets damaged.
Below are a couple of prerequisite procedures to complete before attempting to update your Sony Xperia P to Android 4.4 Kitkat OS:
- Make sure that your Sony Xperia P is already rooted and a custom recovery has been installed.
- Make sure that your Sony Xperia P has at least 80% of battery backup.
- Download and install the USB Drivers for Sony Xperia P on your PC.
- Backup all the data from your Sony Xperia P. As all the data stored on your Sony Xperia P will get erased during this process.
- Download and install the Quick Boot tool from the Google Play Store on your Sony Xperia P.
- Download the Cyanogenmod 11 custom ROM from here.
- Download the Google Apps file from here.
How To Update Sony Xperia P to Android 4.4 Kitkat Manually:
Below is the detailed guide on how to update Sony Xperia P to Android 4.4 Kitkat manually:
- First of all, connect your Sony Xperia P to the PC.
- Copy and paste the ROM kit and the Google Apps kit that you downloaded earlier to the storage space on your Sony Xperia P.
- Disconnect your Sony Xperia P from the PC.
- Now run the Quick Boot tool Android app on your Sony Xperia P and then select the “Recovery” button to boot into recovery mode.
- Once your Sony Xperia P has booted into recovery mode, perform a Data/Factory reset, wipe the Dalvik Cache and wipe the Cache partition.
- Once that’s completed, choose the “Install ZIP From SD Card” option from the recovery menu.
- Next choose the Cyanogenmod ROM kit that you earlier placed on your Smartphone’s storage space. And then confirm the selection.
- Now the ROM will be installed on your Sony Xperia P.
- Again select the same option and now choose the Google Apps kit that you placed earlier and confirm the selection.
- Now the Google Apps kit will be installed on your Sony Xperia P.
- Now reboot the Smartphone.
As its the first reboot after installing the custom ROM, it might take some time longer than usual. So please be patient. Congratulations, you have successfully completed the processes to update Sony Xperia P to Android 4.4 Kitkat manually.