It’s not every day that you see a 2012 phone receiving the latest Android version. While some brands abandon their devices after 2-3 years after the release, Sony Xperia T, TX, and V, an 8 years old device, just received the Android 10 in form of LineageOS, thanks to the developer and all credit to AdrianDC over at XDA for the ROM. You can download the ROM and see the installation instructions in this post.
LineageOS is the most trusted and most used Custom ROM for Android. It is an AOSP based Custom ROM that focuses on giving Stock Android experience with some extra essential features. There are many great features in LineageOS 17.1 and it gives a good performance and battery life. LineageOS also push monthly security patches that ensure the safety of your device.
Xperia T, TX, and V released back in 2012, which makes them 8 years in 2020. All three devices are equipped with an HD screen on the front and a 13 MP camera on the back. On the inside, the Snapdragon S4 Plus along with 1 GB of RAM powers all three of the devices. The devices shipped with Android Icecream Sandwich out of the box and were later updated to Jelly bean officially by Sony.
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Download LineageOS 17.1 for Sony Xperia T/TX/V
For Xperia T: Download
For Xperia TX: Download
For Xperia V: Download
The following issues exist as of 28 August 2020. The developer has promised to resolve them in the next build, so keep an eye on the XDA thread to know the status of ROM.
Video playback: Due to Android 10 newer codecs, recorded videos now play properly
Boot: The boot image will support Magisk as the current one does not
Notifications: Minor fix on lights selection
LineageOS is the most used and most trusted Custom ROM out there. It was started as CyanogenMod and known to be the first custom ROM or firmware which was able to make its way to some smartphone as pre-installed default firmware.
LineageOS is based on AOSP code and you will hardly feel a difference from stock Android. There are some third-party apps like Trebuchet, AudioFX, Clock, Dialer. Jelly, Eleven Music Player, Recorder, Snap Camera. All the apps are useful and there are no Ads in them. LineageOS comes without Google app or GApps, you have to install them after flashing the ROM.
Due to its stability and performance, many other custom ROMs use LineageOS code as their base, some of them are Resurrection Remix and crDroid.
If you want a daily driver with good battery life and performance, then LineageOS is one the best option for you.
Features of LineageOS 17.1
- A new partial screenshot UI was implemented that lets you hand-select smaller parts of your screen and edit the screenshots.
- Many of you have been waiting for news on themes since the CyanogenMod Theme Engine’s deprecation in CyanogenMod 13.0, and those of you in this boat are in for a treat!
- AOSP’s new ThemePicker app was adapted to have the range of accents you’ve become used to with our old implementation, Styles.
- Support for font change, icon shape (both QuickSettings and Launcher), and icon style changes (eg. changing the style of the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth icons).
- Trebuchet has long been able to hide apps from the Launcher and protect them with a passcode/password, but now you can also use your biometric sensor to authenticate as well!
- Wi-Fi display is available once again.
- Support for on-screen fingerprint sensors (FOD) has been added.
- Support for pop-up and rotating cameras has been added.
- Support for Australian English, Lithuanian, Latvian, Dutch, Romanian, Slovenian, Serbian, and Turkish spell checking has been added to the AOSP keyboard.
How to flash LineageOS 17.1 Custom ROM on Sony Xperia T/TX/V
Instructions are taken from Official XDA thread of ROM
- Remove all Pins and Password so Decryption dont fail
- Make sure to update to latest Firmware
- Flash the latest TWRP given above
- Charge the device to at least 50%
Step 1: Flash the TWRP Custom Recovery on the Sony Xperia T/TX/V
Step 2: Take Full Backup
Step 3: Perform a Factory reset (Format Data) by Going in the Wipe Section
Step 4: Flash the LineageOS zip file in the Install section
Step 5: Flash GApps (Download from Above)
Step 6: Flash Magisk Zip if you want to root
The first boot will take some time so be patient. And that’s it, you have flashed the Custom ROM on Sony Xperia T/TX/V