- Try this for "device not supported." You'll have to tap the welcome to towel root icon 3 times and change the string to:
So for those who face similar situation like me, skip that step, just tap welcome to towelroot straightaway..
Let me know if I got it: there's a common Z Ultra, and it is rootable AFTER upgrading the firmware to KitKat. And there's the GPe one (Google Play edition), which should be rooted as soon as it is unpacked. Right?
By the way, in case I got it as a gift, what procedures should I take to know which one I got?
No. Root is never enabled out of the box simply because it is a security risk. Some devices are easier to root than others but none come rooted.
There are two versions of this device, both of which come with a locked bootloader. The difference lies in the branding and the software:
The regular Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes with Sony software (Xperia launcher, camera, etc)
The gpe edition is not an Xperia device (its name is actually Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition - without the Xperia as part of its name). And as you may have guessed, it comes with Google experience type of software (basically aosp with everything that has Google branding on it).
As far as rooting, I am not sure of a way to root lollipop other than flashing a rooted ROM, which last I checked is only available for the Xperia version. I think that Doomlord released a rooted .IMG for the GPE but I haven't seen comments of any kind from people successfully flashing it.
Telling which one you got is as simple as looking at the box or even the device itself. If you see the word "Xperia" anywhere, you got the Sony variant. Also, look at the launcher. If it is not Xperia launcher, then you got the gpe one.
Hopefully this helps...
There are two rules in life for being successful:
1. Never reveal everything you know;
Thanks a lot for the reply.
Now I know I got the Xperia one, not Google's branding.
Then I said " rootable AFTER upgrading the firmware to KitKat", I was acctually asking: "Should I update the firmware to KitKat (which is already available, acording to Sony's website) and only after getting the device rooted? Or should I root it right out of the box?"
According to your answer I may assume it can be done in both cases.
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