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Update Xperia Z to Android 7.1.2 XOSP N Nougat Custom Firmware

XOSP N is a new custom ROM for Xperia Z. It means Xperia Open Source Project. This ROM literally changes your Xperia Z into the latest Sony flagship device Xperia Z5. This ROM is a complete port of Xperia Z5 firmware and includes all of the Sony’s exclusive apps like Music, Album, Videos and the latest Camera app 2.0. It even includes Xperia Themes too. Some minor customisation is also present so that if you don’t like anything, you can modify it according to your liking. There are no bugs in this fantastic ROM and it runs smooth and fast. Xperia UI is one of the best OEM Android UIs available so it is nice to see it on an old device like Xperia Z. If interested in Android 7.1.2 for other phones, check out our new Custom ROMs section. You can update Xperia Z to Android 7.1.2 XOSP N Nougat custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by Sony, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod in order to flash the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files on your phone.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install Android 7.1.2 XOSP N Nougat ROM on Xperia Z with complete steps using CWM recovery. We also have several tips on how to backup your phone data and also some more tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. You will have to wipe your previous personal data and apps as usual when installing custom ROMs. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s begin with the tutorial below.


Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Android 7.1.2 XOSP N Nougat ROM Details:

This amazing XOSP N custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. A quick list of the main features in XOSP N is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your Xperia Z:

  • Based on CM 14.1
  • Removed many unnecessary apps and stuff as well as CM ones
  • StatusBar Clock font style
  • StatusBar Clock font size
  • Added StatusBar Date & style options
  • Added option for date style/position, left-right of clock
  • Xperia Z5 inspired LockScreen style
  • Xperia Fonts
  • Xperia Battery Text prototype
  • Time Contextual Headers
  • XOSP N Universal dialog for Shutdown/Reboot and Dexopting Process
  • Stock Kernel
  • Snap Camera
  • ViPER Audio Engine
  • Theme Chooser
  • Xperia based Bootanimation
  • Custom Framework and SystemUI Xperia drawables
  • XOSP NFileManager
  • Xperia Z5 sounds
  • Xperia X Wallpapers
  • XOSP NSetupWizard
  • Custom Materialized
  • Stock Browser is custom themed
  • Contacts is custom themed (Much more Xperia Style)
  • Dialer is custom themed (Much more Xperia Style)
  • Status bar logo
  • Navigation Bar ON/OFF
  • NavBar dimensions
  • SlimDim
  • HW Keys ON/OFF
  • SlimSeek Bar
  • Status bar Network Traffic indicator
  • RAM Bar in recents options
  • Toast Animations
  • Long Press back to kill in Development Settings
  • Ability to hide the Super SU status bar icon
  • Dashboard Columns
  • Dashboard double lines toggle
  • Double Tap to sleep anywhere on the lockscreen
  • On-the-go Mode
  • Double tap to sleep on navigation bar
  • SystemApp remover
  • Omni inbuilt SystemUI Screenrecording
  • SuperSU
  • Xperia Apps
    • Xperia Z5 Home app
    • Album App
    • PhotoEditor
    • PhotoAnalyzer
    • Xperia Keyboard (aka textinput-tng)
    • Music (former WALKMAN)
    • Video
    • SemCalendar
    • AudioRecorder (Material Version)
    • ClockWidgets
    • Sketch
    • SmartConnect
    • WallpaperPicker (For Xperia X custom wallpapers)
    • Weather App
    • Wheater Widget
    • Walkman Widget
    • Track ID
    • SomcPodcast
    • SemcDLNA

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the Sony Xperia Z, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

  • Android 7.1.2 Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Xperia Z custom ROMs, click here!

Like this XOSP N ROM based on the latest Android 7.1.2? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

Sony Xperia Z USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Sony Xperia Z properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Sony Xperia Z USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Sony users can also back up data using Sony PC Companion. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Sony Xperia Z backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Xperia Z to Android 7.1.2 XOSP N Nougat custom firmware.