The Android operating system is based on open source software which allows developers to take the code they want and create their own operating system images instead. By creating a different operating system to the one that comes stock on your Sony Xperia Tablet Z device, you are creating a custom ROM. People enjoy installing these custom ROMs on Android-based devices because they can provide more specific features to suit ones needs. For example, some custom ROMs may make your Sony Xperia tablet Z faster, while others could give your device features you have never seen before from any stock version of Android.

These are the best custom ROMs for the Sony Xperia Tablet Z tablet that you can install today:

Sony Xperia tablet Z

LiquidSmooth v3.0 Beta:

The LiquidSmooth v3.0 custom ROM is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop so you can enjoy the beautiful material design. The LiquidSmooth ROM is pre-rooted with the SuperSU installed on it. In addition to the rooting aspects, it comes with lots of performance and UI tweaks. One of the developers on the XDA Developers website ported this custom ROM to Xperia Tablet Z with all the main features kept intact.

Features: based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, linaro 4.9 GCC toolchain, slim DPI on the fly, active display, RAM bar, slim quick settings, privacy guard, working WiFi tethering, cell broadcasts, TRDS 3.0, halo, built in superuser, privacy guard, slim configurable, power menu, slim recents screen, custom animation control, lock screen notifications, status bar tinting.

Download: LiquidSmooth v3.0 Beta ROM

Unofficial Carbon ROM:

From the very moment I installed Carbon ROM on my Android device, I became a huge fan of this ROM. The Carbon custom ROM is real smooth that it works smoothly on a 768 MB RAM device. With the theme feature you can easily theme your phone with thousands of theme available on Google Play Store. But this build of Carbon ROM is ported from another device and is unofficial.

Features: based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, active display, live display, amient brightness, sources updated, slimPIE, slim recents, disabled doze mode, floating windows, breathing notifications, music tile, dynamic tiles, silent mode in power menu.

Download: Unofficial Carbon ROM

Tesla ROM:

The Tesla ROM is a stock Android 5.0 Lollipop-based custom ROM with stock features like fast charging, battery saver and lock screen notifications. Besides all of that, the Tesla ROM also contains new Tesla features in the settings menu to configure the performance and user interface the way you want it running on your operating system.

Features: based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, slim PIE, RRO layers support, customize-able quick settings tiles, Slim’s power menu, Slim’s nav bar and hardware, animation control, app circle bar, lock screen shortcuts, lock screen weather, screen recorder settings, kernel auditor built in, Tesla Coil customization, performance tweak options, reassign hardware keys.

Download: Tesla ROM

Paranoid SaberDroid:

The Paranoid SaberDroid custom ROM is a mixture of two custom ROMs: Paranoid Android and SlimSaber ROM. Both of these custom ROMs have lots of new and unique features waiting for you once you install this Paranoid SaberDroid build. These features contain a good deal of user interface tweaks and performance boosting features. Download this custom ROM on your phone for clean and fast Android experience.

Features: based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, SaberMod 4.9 tool chain loaded, graphite enabled, hover control, PIE control, theme engine, quick settings tiles, app ops, advanced power menu, volume button wake, notification LED, rotation, Lightbulb app, LTE, network, sleep and NFC quick tiles,

Download: Paranoid SaberDroid ROM

Dreams Version 0.3 ROM:

The Dreams version 0.3 custom ROM is a new type of custom ROM having a new interface running on the ROM. You should install this custom ROM on your Sony Xperia Tablet Z if you want to have some additional free space on your tablet. That free space can then be used for you to install more games and apps on operating system.

Features: based on Android 4.4 KitKat, auto hide the status bar, battery mods, Bluetooth low battery support, Bravia Engine 2, custom carrier label, user defined colors for PIE controls, image and video quality increased, more alarm and notification ringtones, HALO, ported from Paranoid Android ROM, CM 9 music player, Chrome browser, Google Ears “What’s this song?” added.

Download: Dreams Version 0.3 ROM


The AOKP custom ROM is Android Open Kang Project, which is based on the Android Open Source Project. It has a stock Android 4.4 KitKat interface. AOSP does not contain any performance tweaks or interface customization options. The pure Android 4.4 KitKat OS experience is here and its specially for your Xperia Tablet Z.

Features: based on Android 4.4 KitKat, signal cluster updates, force expanded notifications, status bar header items: CAF task manager, heads up and power menu, restart system UI to dev settings as a tile and as a power menu, call recording format.

Download: AOKP ROM

crDroid Android:

The crDroid Android custom ROM is based on Android 4.4 KitKat OS and is a really fast and smooth custom ROM. The crDroid custom ROM makers are making custom ROMs from when Android 2.3 GingerBread OS was the latest Android OS for smartphones. These developers know what a smartphone needs in a custom ROM and delivers the best features.

Features: based on Android 4.4 KitKat, ambient display brightness settings, call recording format, notification ticker is back, app sidebar, over scroll effects, snooze option to heads up, touch to power menu, task manager, heads up and power menu on notification drawer.

Download: crDroid Android ROM

Dirty Unicorn v9.3 ROM:

The Dirty Unicorn custom ROM is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS and the first custom ROM for Xperia Tablet Z which is based on latest Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. Dirty Unicorn custom ROMs are the highly customizable custom ROM for your Tablet Z. Install it on your phone and customize your phone with customize-able features and CM themes.

Features: based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, screenshot tile, material design. MMS improvements, lock screen tile, heads up options, proximity speaker, CM theme engine, power menu screenshot delay, status bar clock alignment, theme chooser, lots of tiles added, remove voice dailer, nav ring shortcuts, various translations, DSP manager, volume rocker music controls, double tap to wake up.

Download: Dirty Unicorn v9.3 ROM