CyanogenMod has made its way to the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet


Sony unveiled the Xperia Z2 tablet earlier this year and both Wi-Fi as well as LTE variants of the device are now available for purchase in the U.S. Those who picked one up and now want to flash a custom ROM on it are in luck. The folks at Cyanogen have rolled out the first nightly builds for Xperia Z2 tablet. Apart from bringing all of the features and options that come part and parcel of CyanogenMod, the custom ROMs offer a near stock Android 4.4.4 experience for the Z2 tablet. The Xperia Z2 tablet comes with Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed however the software gets customized by Sony so there are all sorts of apps and UI customizations that might not appeal to all users. Which is why some would want to go the custom ROM route and CyanogenMod happens to be one of the most popular custom ROMs out there.

Sony released and showcased the Xperia Z2 back in spring of this year. But they, as per usual, announced their partner tablet, the Xperia Z2 Tablet alongside the flagship smartphone. The tablet wasn’t planned for United States marketing, so we here stateside saw no real advertising or special news happen, but people will and did buy this tablet, since it is a great value tablet for the price. Verizon Wireless, the United States’ largest carrier, has the latest Sony Xperia tablet for their network (to be released on July 17), with 4G LTE installed inside. Sadly, we won’t likely see any great amount of custom development for this one (since Verizon is horribly notorious for locking their devices’ bootloaders, which in turn disallows the installation of custom software). And that’s the big deal today: custom development for the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. Who would do that besides Sony for now? A fan favorite, everyone. Cyanogen has begun support for the newest tough tablets from Sony with the nightly builds from today (20140712, July 12 2014) after an apparently functional experimental build from the previous day. With this, Cyanogen has added the tablet, in both its Wi-Fi-only and LTE-enabled variants, to the sidebar of supported devices. For the Wi-Fi and LTE models, the names are castor_windy and castor respectively. Should you have either variant of this powerful tablet, you should go check out CyanogenMod and see if it’s worth a warranty to get, since rooting voids a manufacturer’s warranty and you need to be rooted to flash or install custom software to your device.

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