Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, an Android smartphone from the famous Walkman series was launched in August 2011. Due to remarkable sound quality, this phone easily gained much popularity in a very short span of time. It was powered by 1 GHz processor and had Android 2.3 Gingerbread version. Later it was upgraded to official Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich. After which Sony stopped providing future official upgrades to this device. The main reason behind this was the lack of RAM and hardware compatibility that this phone had.
The only way to experience those new advanced features is to cross the restrictions given by developers and flash third party custom ROMs. Last time we posted an article for updating Sony Live with Walkman to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean using the most famous and well-known Cyanogenmod 10.1 custom ROM. After the release of Android 4.4 KitKat many users were eagerly waiting for this latest build on their device. Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is now available for Sony Live with Walkman device and is running successfully. All thanks goes to the Carbon team who made this dream come true. Now all the KitKat flavored features can be experienced on your phone. You must note that this is not an official build but a custom ROM in its initial stage. So a few bugs and issues may be there. Do not worry as with further builds they will get vanished. Interested users may proceed further to flash Android 4.4.2 KitKat on their Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.
Disclaimer: The process of updating Sony Live with Walkman to latest Android 4.4.2 using Carbon ROM is much risky and can damage your device completely if not done properly. Although the chances that your phone will get damaged or bricked are least, still by mistake if any disaster occurs then neither we nor the developers will be responsible for that. We highly recommend you to attempt all the step given below carefully and without performing anything by your own.
This guide is meant for Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman WT19i. Don’t try this any other Xperia / Android device else it may cause damage to your phone. If you are unsure about your phone’s model number then check it here- ‘Settings –> About device’.
- Lack of battery power may increase the risk of interruption during the Carbon ROM flashing process. So ensure that you have at least charged your mobiles battery up to 70% to minimize further problems.
- For improving battery life, you may refer our article:
- How to improve battery Life of an Android device (Guide).
- Before proceeding further, make sure that you have backed up all your entire data and setting somewhere for safety. This is highly essential as disaster can strike anytime without even giving a sign. You backup may include Contacts, SMS/MMS, APN settings, Call-logs, Memos etc. In the last step of this procedure you need to wipe entire data present on your phone memory. So a backup is must.
- How to backup Android Contacts and Text Messages (SMS/MMS).
- How to backup Call logs & APNs from your Android Device.
- How to backup Notes and Memos from an Android device.
- Device bootloader must be unlocked.
- Custom recovery like Clockworkmod is required to install Android 4.4.2 Carbon ROM. If you don’t have it yet then refer this guide to flash the same.
Below is the list of download files you’ll require to flash Carbon ROM.
Download all above packages and save them on PC. Transfer ROM & Google Apps zip to your device’s storage memory. Disconnect the phone from PC.
Sony Live with Walkman Android 4.4.2 Update Installation
For the purpose of simplicity, we’ve separated this guide into two different sections namely Kernel flashing & ROM Installation. Be sure not skip kernel flashing procedure else it may lead to boot loops & the ROM won’t boot.
- Extract Fastboot files package (using 7 zip or WinRAR) on PC and run the ‘runme.lnk’ file. This will open a command prompt window.
- Switch off the phone & enter into fastboot mode. To do so, press Volume up button and by holding it, connect the phone to PC. Upon connecting, computer may start to install fastboot drivers.
- Open ROM package and extract ‘boot.img’ from the root directory. Copy it to the location where you’ve extracted the fastboot files.
- Enter these commands in command prompt window to flash carbon ROM kernel-
fastboot -i 0xfce flash boot boot.img
fastboot -i 0xfce reboot
- Your device will be rebooted and it will get stuck on Sony logo. But don’t worry! It has happened because you’ve just flashed a custom kernel.
- Disconnect the phone from PC.
- Switch off the device & then restart it. While restarting, repeatedly press Volume up to boot into recovery mode.
- Once you get into recovery mode, select ‘backup and restore –> backup’ to make a nandroid backup of your current ROM / Firmware. Nandroid is a complete backup of your Android system image (just like Windows recovery image). For more info, refer this article.
- For clean installation of ROM, you’ll need to wipe the data from your device. To do so, select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option & confirm the wiping.
- To flash the ROM, select ‘install zip from sdcard –> choose zip from sdcard’. Navigate to the location where you copied ROM file earlier & select it. Confirm the installation by pressing on on ‘Yes – Install ____’.
- Once Carbon ROM gets installed, you may flash Google apps if you wish. For flashing GApps, follow the same procedure that you did for ROM installation. But this time instead of selecting ROM file, select GApps package.
- After flashing both packages, select ‘reboot system now’ to restart the phone. It may take a bit longer for first boot so be patient.
That’s it! Your phone has now booted into all new Android 4.4.2 KitKat based Carbon ROM. Let us know if you’ve any difficulties while following this procedure. You can use our comment section for that.
Tip: If you don’t like this ROM & want to have your previous ROM then boot into recovery and select ‘backup and restore’ –> ‘restore’ option.