Root guides for the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet and smartphone are available for reference online at popular developer site, XDA developers. As Android Central reports (April 6), the root method for the 10.1-inch Xperia Z2 tablet is based on version 188.8.131.52 of ClockworkMod and is for the 16GB Wi-Fi only, model SGP511.
The custom recovery plus root guide/instructions are pretty straightforward and require an unlocked bootloader, working fastboot and stock Android 4.4.2 firmware. Just last week, the root guide/instructions for the Xperia Z2 smartphone surfaced online ahead of the phone’s global release. Also based on ClockworkMod 184.108.40.206, root installation for the Z2 phone lets Xperia Z2 tablet owners gain access to apps that require root access.
According to Android Authority, availability of the Xperia Z2 handset is limited and experiencing manufacturing delays. Expected to land in Europe, the UK and Canada’s Bell network in May, retail for the 5.2-inch water resistant Xperia Z2 phone has already seen its launch in Singapore, CNet reports.
There is still no word from Sony regarding a U.S. release date, although rumors suggest that it could land exclusively on Verizon’s network. As we pointed out in a previous report, the Xperia Z2’s band compatibility makes it a candidate for AT&T and T-Mobile as well. The water resistant Xperia Z2 tablet is currently available online in the UK and parts of Europe. Similar to the smartphone, its broader availability status is still unknown.
Besides being able to install “root only” apps, rooting lets users uninstall “bloatware” apps and install and use custom made ROMs. As with all major firmware changes, its important to perform a backup of your device before attempting to apply root. Also, be sure to read the warning disclaimers of the Xperia Z2 tablet and smartphone root guides at XDA developers carefully before proceeding.