Sony's new new smaller-than-average smartphone is getting a bit more appealing for the DIY crowd with official support for CynaogenMod, courtesy of the FXP dev group. Nightly builds for this device are now listed in the CM download portal.

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As most flagship smartphones creep up in size, the Z1 Compact (codename Amami) is a 4.3-inch device with a 720p screen. That's almost tiny by today's standards. It has the same Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 20.7-megapixel camera found in the regular Z1, though.

The Z1 Compact is supported on CM 11, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Since these are nightly builds, there are likely to be bugs, but not as many as the experimental build, which is still listed on the download page. At any rate, flash at your own risk.

[CM Blog, CM Download Portal]

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  • MaroonMushroom

    If it weren't so crazily scratch prone I'd probably have one right now. CM just makes it almost perfect.

    • The Maverick

      i have it for a while now, my only criticism (besides the wait for kitkat) is how scratch prone the back is, i generally keep it in a leather pouch when i go out, but damn that backside!!!

      • dave birney

        its fairly bad alright. 4 days and there were 4 light scratches on the back so i got one of those carbon skins. its adds some much needed grip to the back as well. but damn the backside yea. damn sony in the backside

        • The Maverick

          i've been looking for some skins myself for the back any recommendations?

          • dave birney

            the one i got was from skinzone, the carbon has more of a rubbery feel to it compared to some of that shiny carbon stuff youd see around, but i actually like the grip because it nearly slipped out of my hand a few times when i got the phone first

  • Sean Long

    No opinion on the phone but CM has probably lost me for good. I installed an M4 snapshot to replace my M2 snapshot and I could no longer get to settings in my Gnex. Had it been just a regular nightly then I could possibly understand....but it was an M snapshot...which is supposed to be less glitchy than nightlies. My N5 is on the way and I am staying pure kitkat for the time being.

  • Cuco

    Really cool! Xperia Z series phone support OTG to add storage with Meenova MicroSD reader: http://goo.gl/2iJ6gf