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The Xperia Z2 Tablet isn't the most high-profile tablet around, but there are more than a few fans of Sony's unique industrial design. Combine that with the company's unlocked hardware (at least for non-carrier versions), and you've got a perfect candidate for custom ROMs. The CyanogenMod team has started publishing nightly releases for the Z2 Tablet, in both its Wi-Fi (castor) and unlocked GSM (castor_windy) flavors. The first nightly build is available for download now.

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Sony's skinned version of Android runs on top of KitKat on the Z2 Tablet, but the company's software load is pretty high, jamming in all sorts of apps and features with varying utility. Loading up CyanogenMod should give owners a choice that's closer to "stock" Android (4.4.4), albeit with the ROM's bag of extended settings and options. Nightly builds are always a bit of a gamble in terms of reliability, so it might not be advisable to dive headfirst into CM without a backup. Here's the Gapps package for the Google Play Store and related services.

A note on the recent announcement of the Verizon LTE version of the Z2 Tablet: yeah, not a chance. Verizon infamously locks the bootloader on every Android device it sells, and though this will be the first Sony Android device on Verizon's network, Sony has already shown that it's more than willing to accommodate the carriers. Unless someone breaks the bootloader after the tablet is released, which is by no means a given, the Verizon version will probably have limited ROM support.

Source: Google+

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Samvith V Rao

    Didn't know this tab was so popular. Why don't you chaps review this tab?

  • Hans Gruber

    I'd avoid the Z2 tablet like the plague.

    Just got one for my mother thinking build quality would be on par with Sony's Z series phones...

    However all i can say is cheap plasticky creaking rubbish.

    And
    the best thing is the touchscreen is faulty on a large number of
    tablets where it because partially or completely unresponsive to touch
    (google videos of multitouch demos losing tracking of fingers), i've
    tested it and seen lines breaking where it loses touch.

    On flat surfaces touch can just stop working entirely.

    Not to mention the fact that a lot of tablets arent straight. they have a bow/curve in them which isnt quite right.

    Basically poorly made with a MAJOR flaw that renders the tablet entirely useless.
    (see XDA forums or http://talk.sonymobile.com/t5/Xperia-Z2-Tablet/Touch-screen-problem/m-p/620325#U620325 )

    • Felipe Pimenta

      The touchscreen problem was fixed after a few software updates. And you're the first I have seen to say they are "cheap plasticky creaking rubbish". Everyone who saw my Tablet Z (the 2013 model) were amazed by it. Not a single bash, including from Apple fans.

      But, to each their own.

      • Hans Gruber

        The Z isnt the Z2 is it. There's forum threads full of people complaining about the creaking tablets and if you think the touchscreen problems have been fixed my software updates you're wrong. The latest firmware for Z2 tablet (

        17.1.1.A.0.402) still has huge touchscreen issues. I should know, i've used 2 different tablets that both had them running the most up to date firmware. There's nothing software that could cause a tablet working..."ok" to not responding at all when laid flat on a desk and that's numerous models. They become completely unresponsive. And as well, i've tested with multiple testing apps both drawing lines and multitouch and both show either breaks in lines or losing track of 1 or more fingers when using the touchscreen.

        Build quality is non existant and that goes from early builds to recent ones (i.e. week 21 which is around middle of may).

        So basically there's no 10" tablets worth getting if you're trying to avoid samsungs and apples (because the Asus TF701T is looking unlikely to ever get any software updates)

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  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Well, goodbye Nexus 10! Been nice knowing ya!

  • clooney

    Well I work with many tablets during my day job and I have got a Z2 tab of my own. Quite the right choice for me, and I don't give a single fuck about what Hans outlined below :) I love it.

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