[ROM][UB]Android 4.4.2 KOT49H Google Play Edition - Root/Busybox/Tweaked (1/16/14)

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Shadow of Chaos

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Feb 17, 2013
Fun stuff, I just had about the same issue.
@tahdor Flash the recovery that bigxie links to in the second post in the topic. I Then reflashed the ROM and factory resetted, but I'm sure one of those is redundant. (The old method of getting recovery that was in 5th page before we got the img for it doesn't agree with a lot of stuff).


Senior Member
Oct 20, 2007
Be nice to have a aosp version of this rom.

Update oy yea i am so glad netflix still works great with this rom only thing is if you drop the dpi the home screen looks crap nothing fits icon etc got no control over it if this could be fixed would be nice.

This is AOSP. It's actually closer to AOSP than CM.

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Senior Member
Dec 16, 2008
Flash the boot.img that you used to make the backup with in fastboot mode and restore it.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You...... This did it. I restored the old stock kernel (with recovery), http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2576006. I followed step 1 and 3. I skipped 2, 4, 5. Then I did recovery and phone is booting and is back to where I was. Thank you.

Now two things.

Q1. While restoring it said something about .secure_xxxx (do not know exactly) found in /sdcard. Should I bother ?
Q2. Since I skipped the step 5 (putting new 290 kernel). I am assuming that "restoring" from CWM had put new kernel as well. I see that phone says .290 in settings->about phone.

Thanks and thank, I feel that my life is back.


Senior Member
Dec 16, 2008
Fun stuff, I just had about the same issue.

@tahdor Flash the recovery that bigxie links to in the second post in the topic. I Then reflashed the ROM and factory resetted, but I'm sure one of those is redundant. (The old method of getting recovery that was in 5th page before we got the img for it doesn't agree with a lot of stuff).

Thanks. I flashed old kernel (with recovery) http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2576006 then I restored the old back from CWM. That did the trick. Thanks for pointing this out. If I go back to GPe, I will install the correct recovery as pointed by you i.e. mentioned in second post. When I installed recovery yesterday, second post was not there. I need to be more careful in future.


Senior Member
Oct 3, 2008
i suggest that users who are not that familiar should stay away as my phone got bricked when i tried to go back to sony rom it took me long to fix

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    Stock Android 4.4.2 KOT49H for Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE/HSPA+

    -Made from full system/boot dump of Google Play Edition Z Ultra 4.4.2 KOT49H.S2.2052
    -Rooted with SuperSU by Chainfire
    -Busybox installed
    -Odexed (for ART compatibility)
    -otacerts removed to hopefully disable future OTAs


    -LTE Sony Xperia Z Ultra (C6833/C6806)
    -HSPA+ Sony Xperia Z Ultra (C6802)
    -Be on 4.3 firmware (.290 or .136)
    -Unlocked Bootloader


    -Stock Android 4.4.2 w/ Google Apps
    -ART capability
    -Tap to Pay (Google Wallet)
    -X-Reality in Display Settings
    -Dual Recovery (Clockwork & TWRP) built into boot.img - Tweaked Version only
    -SD Card Write Permissions enabled - Tweaked Version only


    -Chainfire, for SuperSU (working on 4.4.2)
    -DooMLoRD, for the initial ZIP from which this port was made
    -DooMLoRD, for the stock GPe kernel w/ recoveries packed in


    -Android 4.4.2 features can be found (here)





    -Fastboot flash boot.img w/ recovery (use CM boot.img, or comparable)
    -Reboot into recovery (holding vol down at Sony logo)
    -Factory Reset
    -Flash ROM (do not flash gapps packages, gapps are already included)

    Quickest Way to install ROM if not on .290
    bigxie said:
    The best and fastest course of action, if you're unlocked, is to do the following:

    1. Use flashtool to FTF to .290, uncheck wipe data & cache, check exclude system + kernel (this literally saves like 10 minutes)
    2. Reboot into the bootloader and flash CM boot.img or GPe advanced recovery
    3. Reboot and enter recovery by holding volume down when the LED turns purple
    4. Flash the ROM, do a factory reset
    5. Reboot


    Tweaked Edition:

    MD5 (bigxie_togari_GPe_KOT49H_tweaked-signed.zip) = 6a98ea07139074c7f5cf48ddd6e63e9d

    http://d-h.st/TPG - Dev-Host (Thanks, LordManhattan!)

    http://goo.im/devs/bigxie/togari/bigxie_togari_GPe_KOT49H_tweaked-signed.zip - Goo.im

    Stock Edition

    MD5 (bigxie_togari_GPe_KOT49H_odexed-signed.zip) = 21e5ac076c947200cdb7c76b3987798a

    http://goo.im/devs/bigxie/togari/bigxie_togari_GPe_KOT49H_odexed-signed.zip - Goo.im

    ChillyChan packed the stock kernel with a newer philz recovery and TWRP available here:


    Q: How can I get the launcher from the Nexus 5 that has Google Now on the leftmost pane on this ROM?
    A: Install the Google Now Launcher from the Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.launcher

    Q: Does Apt-X work on the GPe ROM?
    A: No, it looks like Sony did not bake Apt-X support into the GPe ROM. Perhaps they will add it to a future update (much like HTC later added IR support to the One GPe)

    The following issues are both addressed in the tweaked version of GPe ROM available in OP

    Q: I lost my recovery, how do I get it back?
    A: This ROM contains the stock GPe kernel, which does not include recovery. If you need it, you can flash DooMLoRD's GPe recovery with dual recovery found here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2579005

    Q: I can't write to my external SD card. Is this a bug?
    A: No, this is the behavior Google intended. If you want to bypass it, refer to the following thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2574730
    EDIT: @bigxie You might want to take a look here :)

    I just repacked the kernel from this ROM with Philz Touch from that thread and TWRP from @[NUT]'s XZDualRecovery.

    GPE ROM kernel with Philz Touch (vol up) and TWRP (vol down): https://db.tt/Uyy6biCu

    "Reboot to recovery" from advanced power options doesn't work (just reboots into ROM) and I don't know how to fix that :p
    LordManhattan you know I am a big critic of course such rom will not be to my tasting.

    to be honest I don't know what the fuss is all about these google roms I installed and I will revert back to sony roms, because this GPE rom its ugly and plain, and I hate how it looks and feels. What maybe slightly faster but that is not everything in a phone.The soft icons although can be removed but look so ugly too.

    -Now as far as sound over bluetooth its sucks compared to sony roms I think there is no aptx support as before when I used to connect to my aptx headphones it used to give me a message that aptx is connected, but with this GPE no sign of aptx.
    -The UI is ugly as hell even if I lower the DPI, I feel it looks so cheap that I can not stand it ( sorry google with all the money you have can't create a better UI )
    - I don't get H+ connectivity anymore only H
    - the dialer sucks ( i know you can download so many dialer from play store)

    Well that's the nice thing about owning one of these devices right now... We have many choices. Sounds like a Sony ROM is for you. The rest of us love the stock look and will continue to use it.

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