Last week the Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone got its first taste of root, which also included a custom recovery. Now it’s the turn of its Xperia Z2 Tablet sibling to received its own touch-friendly custom recovery based on the popular CWM.
Recoveries are an important part of the Android experience, whether you stick to your manufacturer’s firmware but more so if you go the custom ROM route. Of course, all Android phones come with their own stock recovery, but those are pretty limited in what they can accomplish. Custom recoveries are like gateways to another Android experience, allowing users to install custom ROMs or even gain root access.
By large, one of the oldest and most popular recovery around is ClockworkMod or CWM from Koushi “Koush” Dutta. But though CWM has been long in the game, there was a point in time that it wasn’t exactly fast in adopting new features. This led to other recoveries, such as the Team Win Recovery Project or TWRP, rising up with new features like using the touchscreen for interaction. Eventually, however, a touch-enabled CWM recovery came into being, and that is what has made its way to the Xperia Z2 Tablet.
Getting this CWM-based touch recovery on the tablet is relatively easy, but does have a few prerequisites. First, it requires an unlocked bootloader. Sony has been quite good at directly providing such methods, but the still new Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet are still not on the officially supported devices list. The process also requires that the smartphone runs the stock Sony Android 4.4.2 ROM. But most importantly, this current recovery only supports the WiFi-only version of the device, particularly model SGP511. Once all those requirements are met, it’s just a matter of a few fastboot commands before you can start on a journey of a more liberated Android experience on the tablet.