Install Android 4.4 Kitkat on Xperia SP

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Named as Huashan, the right sibling of Taoshan, the Sony Xperia SP is surely one of the most popular mid ranger of yesteryear. The Xperia SP boasted the most powerful chipset back in it’s time that a mid ranger could have in the form of a 1.70GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 on board. The chipset featured powerful cores along side a high end Adreno 320 to make up for a powerful contender in the price range.

Nonetheless, the Xperia SP, along with it’s brother, the Xperia L, received a lot of attention from the customers as well as the developers. It was amongst the first devices in the Xperia 2013 line up to be added to the Free Xperia Project. Although, despite of the capable hardware, Sony dropped the Huashan out of support at Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. But, as the device was already up on the developer forums, we now have a fully stable Android 4.4 Kitkat build ready to be flashed onto your devices!



  1. Make sure you have backed up all the data and have a custom recovery ready on your device that’ll be required to complete the flashing process.
  2. Download the ROM file and Gapps Zip files.
  3. Put the files downloaded above in the root folder(preferable) of your sd card.
  4. Boot your phone up in recovery mode(Generally using Vol Up+Power Buttons).
  5. In the recovery mode try navigating using the Volume keys and for selection, use the Power key.
  6. Now in the recovery mode, wipe all the data/ Do a factory reset for a clean installation
  7. Now go to “Install zip from sd card” (We mean the external sd card here!).
  8. Select the ROM zip file that you downloaded in the above step and proceed to flash it.
  9. Flash the Gapps zip file in a similar fashion. This helps you runs all the Google services on your fresh installation.
  10. From the recovery menu, Click “Reboot System Now”.
  11. Sit back and relax, You’re home fella!

If you’ve gone through all the steps mentioned above in the order they’ve been given, you’ll land up on the Homescreen of your Cyanogenmod installation in a few minutes as the first boot usually takes around 2 minutes depending upon the ROM and the hardware. Just keep you calm and enjoy the ROM.

For more on this, you can drop us a word in the comments section or head over to the original thread if you’re keen enough. Happy to help!

Credits to the ParanoidAndroid Team for the Gapps package!

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