December 26, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Updating the firmware on a device can be a real pain if you’re rooted. If you accept an OTA, you usually lose root during the update. The pain then comes when trying to root the device after the update. Often times, root isn’t achieved on an update for quite some time. This leaves early adopters stuck with a stock ROM that can’t be rooted. Sony Tablet S owners don’t have to worry about that anymore, thanks to a new app that makes firmware updates easy.
The tool is called Sony Tablet S FLASHER, and it does pretty much as its name implies: It flashes things. It was released by XDA Senior Member condi to help users get updates without losing root or messing anything up. As Condi explains:
S.onyTablet.S [FLASHER] will update your device firmware, prerooted, ‘rescue-backdoored’, with init.d added, and write permissions for ext-sdcard enabled,
All this automatically, you dont need to manual dl anything, copy, recovery etc. Nothing. Just plug in your tab, and run this tool It will automatically download needed data.
There shouldn’t be anymore worrying about keeping root with new updates, and no more worrying about making sure you’ve downloaded the right firmware. For those who install updates as soon as they come out, this can be an invaluable tool to make sure that you get to keep root while still running the latest from Sony.
For more details, check out the original thread.
It is always exciting when a phone or tablet gets an update to the next Android OS version. This is especially for tablets because no tablet owners want to be stuck at Honeycomb or, worse yet, Gingerbread. Of course, as with all updates, the first priority is re-establishing root. In most cases, users can just download a pre-rooted ROM and update that way. In other cases, though, a new root method is required. The Sony Tablet S was recently updated to ICS, and there is now a compatible root method.
XDA Forum Member WonderEkin found a root method for the Tablet S ICS on a Japanese forums, and was kind enough to translate it and bring it over. The method itself is delightfully old school, and takes place mostly in a command prompt or terminal. Of course, that means it is also harder than one-click methods, and it will take longer as well. So be sure to allot the appropriate time.
Users are directed to download a series of files and extract them. Then, open up a command prompt and change directory to where the extracted files are. From there, it’s a matter of restoring a provided settings file, removing a few files, pushing the root stuff, and a laundry list of other things.
For the full method and download links, check out the original thread.
April 3, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The rooting process of the Sony Tablet S has been done and redone several times. Usually it’s to keep it up to date, but every new iteration of the root method has made it just a little easier for Tablet S owners to get their root on and the newest root method is no exception. XDA Senior Member condi, who brought users the last root method, has done it again with an all-in-one root tool that not only gives one click root access, but also includes a number of other fun and cool features. Many of them are user tools to help make processes easier, but there are also a few dev tools included to help developers out.
The main menu consists of over a dozen entries, from the standard rooting and unrooting to some really cool features like a one click region changer tool and a tool that will add root and init.d capability to an unsigned ROM. The best part? The tool even appears to be compatible with the Sony Tablet P as well, although it’s recommended to tread carefully as testing is still going on for the Tablet P. As if this weren’t enough, the developer is working to add new features and is taking suggestions from his audience.
For additional information, download links, full instructions on use, and what each menu item will do, check out the development thread. Feel free to leave suggestions of what you’d like to see in the application.
February 23, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
Sony Tablet S owners are a patient bunch. The device was released in September, and was only recently rooted thanks to an an exploit discovered by djrbliss. Since then, XDA forum member Condi has been hard at work making sure that people are able to make the most of this newly discovered exploit. Following hot on the heels of his previously released automated rooting script, is a new Tablet S multi tool.
The tool is a script to be run on Windows and has three main functions;
This tool comes as an afterthought to a comprehensive guide by Condi on how to allow rooted users to manually back up the OTA updates and re-flash their devices without causing the potentially fatal bootloop a few users had experienced. Due to the necessary edits to the build.prop people were finding themselves receiving annoying OTA notifications so this tool allows for those to be disabled and re-enabled at will.
To take advantage of this you’ll need root access and ADB set up correctly. It’s well worth the effort though as this effectively enables you tweak the firmware of this device to meet your personal needs and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Tablet S owners can look forward numerous custom ROMs popping up.
Interested users can get started by visiting the original thread.
February 16, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Rooting a device can be some sticky business. In some cases, it’s as easy as using one of the well known one click solutions, such as SuperOneClickRoot. Others, however, require some cunning such as manually patching files and using ADB.
Once root is established though, it’s work from the community that makes that root seem less imposing and easier to obtain for the less technically challenged. It is in that spirit that XDA Member Condi has taken a prior root method for the Sony Tablet S and turned it into a simple to use Windows script. The modifications made over the prior version of the root method include:
to eliminate problems like ‘com.pwn.me’ error etc.
timing is correct,
it goes fully automatic,
disabling mpt device automatically, and reenabling,
modded to work on 64 and 32bit systems,
(tested on winxp 32bit, win7 64bit).
The script is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and has been tested on Windows XP and Windows 7. Simply make sure the proper MTP driver is installed, download the script, run it and you’ll be seeing that Superuser prompt in no time flat. It doesn’t get too much more simple than that.
So for anyone who was waiting for an easier way to root their Sony Tablet S, you can find the download link and additional information in the original thread.
January 25, 2012 By: liwen
Sony has previously confirmed that its two tablets, the uniquely book-shaped Tablet S and the dual-screened Tablet P, are definitely going to get updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, we only didn’t know when. Now The Verge and TechRadar have gotten some new and slightly more specific information regarding the timing, which is apparently going to be this spring.
Currently being tested internally, the Ice Cream Sandwich update will also come with “some really cool unique bits”, presumably including support for Microsoft Office files and, more notably, the
PS3 controller. With the Tablet S becoming PlayStation certified, you’d be able to play games with the Sixaxis controller of the PlayStation 3 instead of those annoying on-screen controls. Of course, this would only work with special PlayStation-compatible Android games, similar to those found for the Xperia Play – if it turns out to be true, that is.
December 23, 2011 By: liwen
As spotted by forum member kopite42, Sony confirmed in its support forums that its tablets, the uniquely book-shaped Tablet S and dual-screened Tablet P, are going to get an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No date has been confirmed, however.
Today we’re happy to confirm that an update to Android 4.0 will be available for Sony Tablet. Details including timing will be announced in due course, so please stay tuned.
Join the discussion in the forum thread.