Sony has a solid track record when it comes to quickly making open source kernel files available to the public. The company released them for the T-Mobile exclusive Xperia Z1s last week on the same day that the handset launched in stores. Now Sony is following through with the Xperia Z1 Compact just after launching the phone in Europe.


These files are what developers need to make the custom ROMs many of us can't get enough of. Of course, people don't need to wait for such a release to start hacking away at a device. Developers have already rooted the Xperia Z1 Compact and gotten ClockworkMod Recovery running on it. But that's just the beginning of the process, and taking things further is where these files come in.

Source: Sony

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Moar source files! MOAR

  • Captain Canada

    The Verge gave it an 8.2/10 which is amazing, I couldn't find a difinitive answer about whether it has Qi charging or not but if it does then this is the complete package (the flaps for the ports because of its waterproofness are annoying) . The only knock on it is software (which Cyanogenmod can now easily fix) and that it isn't available in North America. Sony is getting very close.

    • Zack Mills

      There is no wireless charging. There is a magnetic adapter With pins on the side however.

      • zzzz

        Wireless power consortium thinks different.
        "Qi-enabled @SonyXperia Z1 Compact"

        • Zack Mills

          The only other references to this are from less than reliable sites. Why would it not be specifically listed on Sony's site as well as specifically mentioned as absent on other more reputable sites such as the Verge?

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  • SK

    When the fuck will this come to the US?! Dammit it SONY, I want to throw the money at you and you are dragging your feet!

    • dave birney

      you can order it sim from some places in the uk!

  • Aaron

    I have a LG G2 coming as my next phone, after buying Samsung for the past 3 models, but I'm seriously thinking I'm going Sony after the G2 because of their fantastic support. Samsung especially blows in that respect when it comes to their Exynos chipsets, bootlocking, and binary counters.