Last Updated: June 9th, 2013

Just a day after Sony threw developers a bone by posting the Android Open Source Project code for their flagship Xperia Tablet Z, the industrious folks at CyanogenMod have one-upped them with a release of their own. Both a release candidate (RC) and a test build of CyanogenMod ROM 10.1 (Android 4.2) have been posted to the download site, ready and waiting for you to flash to your unlocked tablet.


It's no surprise that CyanogenMod is supporting the Xperia Tablet Z; Sony has been historically friendly with the developer community, and in any case, the 1080p tablet runs on the same chipset as the more far-reaching Xperia Z smartphone. The release candidate is a lot more stable than the nightly builds that CyanogenMod usually starts off with, and should be quite suitable as a daily driver ROM (with perhaps just a few bugs here and there). Nightly builds should be popping up soon for developers and those adventurous souls who have to be on the bleeding edge of custom software.

Xperia Tablet Z owners who are wondering how to join the custom ROM party should start by unlocking the device's bootloader (and voiding the warranty) at Sony's website.

Update: What did we tell ya? The first nightly build is already available. Download it here.

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I love love love this tablet. It's so light, beautiful, fast, plus waterproof, it's a shame Sony is dragging its feet bringing it to market. Hopefully, it comes out everywhere soon and Sony promotes the hell out of it. I would get one and I don't even like 10 inch tablets.

    • Arslan Jumaniyazov

      Have you played with it?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Yeah, briefly a couple of times.

    • Ambroos

      I had a go with a prototype in early February, I couldn't believe my hands. It's ridiculously thin and light for a 10" tablet. Comfortable to hold with one hand too.

      It'll still be one of the fastest tablets available at release. S4 Pro easily bests the Tegra 3. I wonder how it performs compared to the Nexus 10.

    • Kiamat

      When can we expect a full AP review of this bad boy?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        As soon as we can get our hands on a review unit. So far Sony hasn't provided one but we're waiting for it.

  • Mental_Moose

    Can't wait to get my TabZ.
    Support from both Sony and the CM-team is extremely promising.
    I had originally planned on running stock for a little while, but with CM already dropping an RC, I can't really see myself doing that anymore :p

  • Kiamat

    This is going to be my first Android tablet. I can't wait!

  • Pramod Prabhakar


    Spell check pls.

  • Bakaouji

    Awesome! I was thinking of buying this, but I couldn't justify it since it didn't have any rom development.

    Hats off to Sony and CM :)