05
Dec
2014

Custom ROM for Sony Xperia U (XperiaSTE)

I have owned a Sony Xperia U for two years this December, and the original stock software was very, very bloated with lots of Sony apps that could not be removed. The phone was originally running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which was very quick and snappy, until the update to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released. The phone only has 512 MB of RAM, and suffered an awful lot in terms of performance and stability, locking up often and requiring a hard reset.

Fortunately, the bootloader is unlockable (there are loads of guides on the internet to find out how to do this), and many custom ROM’s have been written for this phone. The ROM’s have been in development for a long time now, but the one I have found to be the most stable (running stock Android) is the one that can be found here.

Below is a screenshot of the battery life that can be achieved from the phone (I am running a new battery that I got off eBay for cheaps):

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This is with about an hour’s worth of screen-on time. The phone is almost perfect, but there are still a couple of issues listed to do with Radio and Audio over Bluetooth functionality. I also can’t seem to get the GPS to work very well either, but these are all issues that will eventually get resolved. And the pretty light bar at the bottom can work in conjunction with the notification LED at the top, making notifications extra-obvious!

If any of you have owned an Xperia U, please let me know what you thought of it in the comments!

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