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Dec 25, 2017 - 2 minute read - Comments - android

Reviving an Xperia Flagship Phone

My first Android phone is a Cherry Mobile Flare S100, a rebranded phone from China. The reason I decided to use this is because it is cheap, and at that time I don’t know if Android will stick to me. It was still Android Ice Cream Sandwhich (ICS) at that time, the fusion between Android tablet (Honeycomb) and Android phone (Gingerbread).

At that time there were two separate branches of Android - one for tablets and one for phones. Once they merged, it became Ice Cream Sandwhich (ICS). Aside from being cheap, the community is great and the customizations are endless. I have made several contributions here, here and here.

After 2 years, I upgraded to an Xperia flagship phone, the less popular Xperia ZL. I’ve used the device to its fullest - flashing ROMs from Jelly Bean to KitKat to Lollipop to Marshmallow to Nougat. I’ve been using it for several years but yesterday I made a mistake and sadly it won’t boot anymore! It is not a bootloop issue as the bootanimation does not appear anymore LOL. The recovery is also messed up, instead of booting into TWRP, it just boots into stock Android recovery. If only the custom recovery works, everything should be fairly easy, but it’s not.

How I plan on solving this problem -

  • use Xperia flash tool
  • flash the approriate FTF file
  • flash custom ROM
  • profit!

Today I’m planning to revive it! Hope it works!


UPDATE:

After several trial and error, got it to boot to custom recovery TWRP! From there everything is smooth sailing. I was able to reflash the custom ROM and it now works OK. This will be my backup phone, having it’s own data only plan for VoIP access.

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