Granted, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are still unavailable in many markets, and they haven't made their way to U.S. carriers, meaning they have yet to lock down the bootloaders and block any official OEM unlocks. Nevertheless, if you own one of the international versions, you'll be pleased to know that root and ClockworkMod-based recoveries have found their way to Sony's latest flagships.

Root and recovery are, of course, the first steps toward flashing custom ROMs and kernels. No custom ROMs are yet available for the devices, but without custom recoveries available until yesterday, why would there be? In any event, by the time these phones make their way to U.S. carriers the bootloaders will almost certainly be locked down. Even T-Mobile locks the bootloaders on its Xperia devices. Those of you who are just chomping at the bit to get your Xperia experience while being able to flash custom ROMs and kernels will have to hold out hope that someone develops a bootloader unlock for them. Of course, by that time the Snapdragon 805 flagships with the QHD displays will be on carrier store shelves, so the 20MP camera will be the only major incentive to still get an Xperia Z3 or Z3 compact.

If you already have an Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact undefiled by overzealous carriers, you can find your root method and custom recovery here (Z3) and here (Z3 Compact). You can thank XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD for posting them for public consumption.

h/t 9to5Google, Xperia Blog