About a week ago, the Sony Xperia M started receiving its official update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. While not KitKat, it at least proves that Sony still wants to show its mid-range device some official firmware lovin’. Naturally, many Xperia M Dual (C2005) owners wondered when the dual-sim variant would receive the update. Thankfully, that time is now.
XDA Forum Member navidhz first shared the news early yesterday, and it was later confirmed by Sony on the Xperia M Dual’s official firmware page. And just like its single-SIM sibling, the update brings Android 4.3 and a host of minor improvements such as a smoother UI, an updated battery stamina mode, new first party apps, and security enhancements. But unlike last week’s 15.4.A.0.23 update for the Xperia M, today’s update for the X Dual comes in at version 15.5.A.0.18.
The update is currently rolling out to consumer devices, and should also be available through Sony’s PC Companion. But for those who’d like to install the update a bit more directly, XDA Senior Member mbc07 was kind enough to repackage the update into a flashable FTF.
[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
March 26, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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!]
Android is an amazing OS because OEMs can offer their users devices that suits everyone’s individual needs. A high-end flagship is not the best choice for everyone, hence why there are quite a few mid-tier and low-end devices released to the market.
One OEM that releases cheaper, but still nice devices is Sony. One of their devices intended for the mid/low-range market is Xperia M, code named Nicki. The device features some decent technical specification consisting of a dual-core 1 GHz Krait 200 CPU, 1 GB RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage.
FreeXperia announced official support for the Xperia M starting from FXP309. Much credit belongs to XDA Senior Member PecanCM, who did a great job bringing up the device tree and kernel. This announcement is a special one for FXP, as it’s the first device (and surely not last) to receive official support in 2014.
A new build for Xperia M is available to download on the project’s website. In the mean time, you can visit the thread by PecanCM and get the unofficial port for that device and read the full story on FXP blog.
January 30, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
As is pretty much always the case, quite a bit is happening in the Sony Xperia world. And today, this comes in the form of official updates for the Sony Xperia M and the flagship Xperia Z1—the former coming soon, and the latter already rolling out with a captured update package.
First off, we have the Sony Xperia M. The device, which was released in the middle of last year, was never destined to be a flagship device. In fact, with only a dual-core 1 GHz processor and a WVGA screen, it was more inline with the flagships of 2011 and 2012 than 2013. Regardless, the Xperia M is still a good device, and it has amassed a loyal following in our forums. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that many were upset when the device wasn’t included in the initial list of Xperia smartphones set to receive official Android 4.3—much less KitKat. Thankfully though, it appears as if the Xperia M will be receiving official Android 4.3 after all, as Vodafone Australia has queued the Android 4.3 update for testing. While this doesn’t say anything about unbranded devices or those available on other carriers (or even other Vodafone regions), it bodes well for Sony’s progress behind the scenes.
On the Sony Xperia Z1 front, we have an official maintenance update to software version 14.2.A.1.136. The update has only rolled out to certain BALs at this time, but XDA Recognized Developer Androxyde has managed to create an FTF from his customized BAL and mirror it in this thread for everyone’s enjoyment. Furthermore, several other users have provided the updates for different variants in the thread as well, if you’d rather have a different region’s firmware. The update itself is still Android 4.3, but it brings numerous fixes, as well as a new white balance setting.
If you’re a Xperia Z1 user and you would like to get your hands on the update in FTF form, head over to the firmware thread to get started. On the other hand, if you’re an Xperia M user and you’d like to discuss the incoming 4.3 update, head over to this discussion thread and speak your mind.
[Source: Vodafone.au | Thanks to Samantha for the tip!]
January 13, 2014 By: Samantha
MultiROM is probably a name that many on XDA will recognize, especially if you’re an owner of one of the officially supported devices, such as the Nexus 7, for which MultiROM was originally developed by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar. As you may have guessed from the name, MultiROM is a tool that enables one to boot multiple different ROMs on a supported device, without going through all the hoops such as wiping a ROM or performing backups.
Well, it seems like another device has discovered the magic of MultiROM, with the Sony Xperia M receiving an unofficial port of the tool called MultiROM Xperia, courtesy of XDA Senior Member alvinhochun. As of right now, MultiROM Xperia is in its alpha phase and is up for testing, but its installer is still not ready, meaning one must install this by flashing its boot image through fastboot.
In action, MultiROM Xperia can boot multiple ROMs installed on either your micro SD card or a USB storage device connected to your phone via an OTG cable. Additionally, if you have a kernel with a kexec-hardboot patch, you can even boot ROMs with kernels different from one another
MultiROM Xperia is compatible with both the single SIM and dual SIM variants of the Xperia M, and will only work when the device’s bootloader is unlocked and running the 15.1.C.2.8 build of Android 4.1.2. So if you’re interested in multiboot solution to your Xperia M, check out the original thread for more information.
January 10, 2014 By: Samantha
Although only released last year, one wouldn’t really say that the Sony Xperia M is a very distinguishable device, especially in the vast sea of Android phones. With some middle of the road specs including a 4-inch screen with 480 x 854 resolution, a dual-core 1 GHz CPU and 1 GB of ram, one will probably be forgiven to think that it’s simply ‘just’ another Android device.
But despite this, it’s still great to see it receive attention from developers, as there’s now a highly-functional Android 4.4.2 KitKat build for the Xperia M. Thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member PecanCM, Xperia M users will be able to experience Kitkat in the form of an unofficial CyanogenMod 11 build even before Sony has given any indication of an official KitKat update.
Although the build is still in its alpha build, the working is remarkably extensive and includes all the important functions such as:
Despite this, it should be noted that because the build is in its alpha phase, there will be bugs and hiccups that may not have been reported or documented yet. Additionally, the dual-sim variant of the Xperia M is not officially supported by PecanCM, but XDA Senior Member ansebovi has figured out a relatively straightforward way to get this working with the dual-sim Xperia M.
If you would like to follow the development progress of Android 4.4.2 on the Xperia M, visit the original thread for more details. And for owners of the dual-sim Xperia M interested in giving this a go, check out ansebovi’s workaround post.