Ever since custom recoveries and roms became popular, nandroid backups have been the fall back method for all android enthusiasts, irrespective of their confidence levels. They allow easy backup and restore in case things go wrong, which happens invariably when a modification is being tested. With that being said, how relevant are Nandroid Backups to this day? Back in 2011, when the world of Android was being awed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, a little modification made its appearance...
Sony Xperia M Receives Android 4.3, Update Captured and Converted to FTF!
Although Android 4.4.3 is already undergoing internal testing, most devices other than modern flagships have yet to receive an official taste of any version of KitKat. In fact, it’s not uncommon for older or less powerful devices to be prematurely forgotten in update limbo. But rather than complain that they’re not running the latest and greatest firmware, we can at least be happy when they do receive some official firmware love from their OEMs.
The Sony Xperia M is one such device. Shipping with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean nearly a little under a year ago, the device is currently running Android 4.2.2. As of today, however, Sony has issued an OTA update that’s starting to make its way to consumer devices. No, the update’s not to 4.4.2… or even 4.4, but it’s a start.
Today’s firmware update comes in at version 15.4.A.0.23, and it bumps up the Android version to 4.3 Jelly Bean. According to Sony, it brings various improvements ranging from a smoother UI and an improved Battery STAMINA mode to various updated first party apps and security enhancements.
Naturally, this update is not available for every device on every carrier just yet. But thanks to XDA Forum Member 7lucky7, you can get in on the update before your time. 7lucky7 was able to convert the device’s SUS update files into FTF format.
Those looking to get in on the update a bit early should head over to the FTF firmware thread.
[Thanks to raghu and #superuser for the tips!]
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