Posted on Aug 12 2013 - 10:29pm by Anurag Kumar
  • New Features
  • UI
  • Performance
  • Battery Backup
  • Camera
  • RAM Management

Guess what Sony has rolled out another update, this time for Xperia SP. Both Xperia SP C5302 HSPA+ and C5303 LTE version are being reported with this new Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware update, probably it is the bug fixing update over previous 12.0.A.1.257 firmware ( Update in India )  and 12.0.A.1.284 ( Global ) updates.

Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware Update for Xperia SP confirmed in India, Philippines, Vietnam. Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware update available over PC Companion, SUS and Bridge. It’s a global update rolling in every region as it has been reported on both versions of Xperia SP 🙂

Update has brought a new UI and some other cool features, kindly check the changelog below.

Xperia SP C5302/C5303 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware update

Xperia SP C5302 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware update details

  • Android Version – 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Phone – Xperia SP C5302 / c5303
  • Kernel – 3.4.0
  • Baseband – 8960A-AAAAATAZQ-40031007-11

Xperia SP C5303 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware update Details About Phone screenshot

Both kernel and baseband has been changed as comparison to previous firmwares.

Update Xperia SP C5302/C5303 on Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware via PC Companion

Connect your Xperia SP C5302/C5303 to PC Companion and check for Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware update notification, if a notification as shown below is available then proceed as per on-screen instructions.

Xperia SP C5303 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware update via PC Companion

Xperia SP C5302 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware update via PC Companion

Download Xperia SP C5302 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware via PC Companion

Xperia C5303 on Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware via PC Companion

First reboot after update will be slow, don’t panic it will get back to normal soon. Well similarly you can update your phone via SUS also if PC Companion is not showing the update notification.

Update Xperia SP C5302/C5303 on Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware Manually by flashing

Well if you haven’t got the 12.0.A.2.245 firmware update notification and want to update the phone manually by flashing you can do that. Download below mentioned 12.0.A.2.245 firmware ftf file and flash it on your Xperia SP C5303. Flashing don’t void warranty, require no root neither unlocking of bootloader, it’s safe.

Download C5303_12.0.A.2​.245_RU.ftf | 710 Mb ( via XDA user – alivanov79 )


Download Xperia SP (C5303) 12.0.A.2.245(JB4.1.2)_Russia.ftf | 710 Mb ( via XDA user – wellkin )


Download Xperia SP C5302_12.0.A.2.245_GENERIC-VN.rar I 710 MB ( via XDA user Qdezi )


Download Xperia SP (C5302)_12.0.A.2.245_Indian.ftf I 745 MB ( via XDA user sarkar1990 )

Customization info above Brand – India file added below.

Software Customization info of Xperia SP C5302 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware Update

Xperia SP C5302/C5303 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware Update Changelog / Review / Screenshots

12.0.A.2.245 firmware Update seems to fix many bugs. It looks very much similar to Xperia Z android 4.2.2 updates, looks this what Sony Xperia SP got for skipping android 4.2.2 😛 UI is improved very much.

  • Quick Settings option added which came to Xperia Z in Android 4.2.2

Quick Settings Option in Xperia SP C5302 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware Update

  • Semi – Transparent bars added in soft keys panel – menu bar and notification bar ( on homescreen ).

Transaprent Naviagtion bar in Xperia SP C5302 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware Update

  • Some new small apps seen.
  • 766 MB Of RAM available for usage.

766 MB RAM in Xperia SP C5302 Android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.245 firmware Update

  • Home screen still redraws on booting up.
  • White Balance Mode option of camera seems distorted – a bug.
  • Soft keys button bar black now, on previous firmware it was grey.
  • Wi-Fi issues are fixed, though we never had any.
  • Touch more responsive, seems unusual touch response bug fixed.
  • No change in battery consumption, it is same as before ( reporting after 24 hours ).

We are checking new features on our phone, will update the post soon. Proper root method for Xperia SP 12.0.A.2.245 firmware is not yet available, will update as soon it comes.

If you have already gotten this update, than let us know the chnagelog and any major changes you noticed. Comments with your reviews on 12.0.A.2.245 firmware Update.

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71 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Mike August 12, 2013 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    yes got update in Philippines 🙂 Seems a bit issue with my camera…

    • Marco January 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      can you post your service info? or Customization version? thanks

  2. reshma August 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    update in India…phone performance increased…small apps i seldom use..

    • Ruben August 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Is there any change in the camera.. It had very poor lowlight images. How does it look now?

  3. Rko August 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Love the new UI, it’s like XZ 🙂

  4. Arun August 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    can i flash this C5303 file on my HSPA+ version ?

  5. Seema August 13, 2013 at 12:00 am - Reply

    updating my XSP…excited 🙂

  6. Prretam August 13, 2013 at 12:00 am - Reply

    IS root available on it…DoomLoRD kit working ?

  7. Mallika August 13, 2013 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Can you please post your software customization info ??

  8. leo August 13, 2013 at 8:18 am - Reply

    already updated. but i noticed something about light effects. when stamina mode activated the illumination light doesn’t do it normal way. we know when stamina mode is activated the light effects for sms is the light doesnt stop. (slow mo low light to high light)

    • Aftab August 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Bro, are you still getting the lighting problem??? still i did not update it, is it good to update??
      please let me know waitin for your reply.
      – Thanks in Advance.

      • Johnny January 18, 2014 at 9:04 am - Reply

        I jump to this conversation, because I’m facing the same issue. In stamina mode I’m not notified about e.g. new text message by the small led light. Is there some magic how to bypass it a get it work? I got Sony Xperia Go – St27i

  9. Amir August 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I have rooted my xsp.
    can I update with pc companion without any problem?

    • Anurag Kumar August 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      yes you can update 🙂

      • satinder August 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm - Reply

        can i update xperia sp without using computer or laptop?

        • Anurag Kumar August 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

          Yes you can in case you got the OTA update notification on your phone…

  10. mohan August 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    i used to get white spots when i used take pictures either in low light or no light(complete darkness) this thing is fixed with this update …. clarity also got better…I say it’s a very good update….I have a question can we get movies app,walkman app ,mx player etc as small app(multitasking) as in case of samsung s3 and so?? plz reply

    • Anurag Kumar August 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      No you can’t….these work on sony framework only 😛

      • mohan August 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

        Is RAM size increased or remains same??

        • Anurag Kumar August 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

          check the post it is written in it.

          • mohan August 13, 2013 at 11:58 pm -

            i mean it was written “766 MB Of RAM available for usage.” i don’t know the previous amount of RAM available…and here also it was not mentioned about either previous ram amount or whether it is increased or decreased . so….

          • Anurag Kumar August 14, 2013 at 12:00 am -

            ok, it decreased for us from 770 MB RAM.

  11. samir August 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Its a good update, my quadrant score is excess of 8000 for the first time. I dont know if its just me but after the update the blacks look darker and also the horrible white film like light on the screen has reduced greatly. The picture quality seems to have improved but the main issue of touch screen response when placed horizontally still remains. I have a feeling this cant be fixed with a software update, my take is that this is a hardware issue. The problem disappears when you touch the aluminium band around the phone. I have a feeling this is some kind of electo-static thingy. I am thinking of using a soft case/soft rubber jacket on the phone. It may just work. With regard to the weak wi-fi reception, i havent checked as yet if this has been addressed.

  12. Onder August 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    i got update at Turkey. We are ready for 4.3

  13. DarlessTan August 14, 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Nice, I Just Get The Update, hehehe

  14. Ali August 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I got update and I realize that the swipe mode, face unlock and none option in security section are disabled.disabled by administrator,encryption policy, or credential storage,it’s written lower those options.
    any idea??

  15. Aftab August 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Hello Anurag,

    i got the update conformation,but i’m afraid weather will it spoil my phone???
    please let me know asap.., waiting for your message..,

    -Thanks in Advance

    • Anurag Kumar August 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      see buddy we have not got any issue with light illumination notification bar on our XSP.
      Though we are warning you that many users have reported to us about that issue.

      You should update it from my end.

      • Aftab August 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm - Reply

        Thanks Anurag,
        if at all i get any notification light problem, can i get it solved??

  16. Prashanth August 15, 2013 at 6:18 am - Reply

    I used to get white spots when the phone is place horizontally on a flat surface is it fixed in this update “12.0.A.2.245” Please reply ….

    • Anurag Kumar August 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      Didn’t see any issue like that in this new update..

  17. jas August 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Got the update but while updating via PC companion, it is not working. On reaching the stage of update, it powers off the phone and then shows message to power on by holding Volume down button and while doing so green light glows and shows charging symbol. Nothing happens afterwards.

    • Anurag Kumar August 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Yup it happened with us too..when the warning comes remove your phone from pc and then press volume down button and insert cable in phone as soon as it is detected update continues.

      If you still face issues, try update via SUS

    • Ali August 17, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

      try this way,it works for me
      Just disconnect cable and connect it to another usb2 port and continue set up.

    • dilpreet August 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      I am experiencing the same problem. last night when i tried with PC companion to update, every time my phone powers down when update starts after preparing. i tried the procedure of holding the volume down while connecting but nothing happened.
      Pardon me but what is SUS, i am not that tech savy.

      • Anurag Kumar August 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

        Download sony update service software SUS and try installing FROM it.

        • dilpreet August 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm - Reply

          completed the update from SUS.
          After update it seems battery discharging rapidly.

  18. Gary August 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Stamina mode still gives wi-fi notifications of apps like facebook, gtalk, whatsapp while not using the mobile. earlier it show only when the flip covers was opened.

  19. gab August 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    what is the “N” thingy that is up there? what purpose does it serve?

    • Xperia Guide August 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      That is the symbol of NFC. Use NFC to share you content as android beam…

  20. Gaurav August 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Yes, the update is good.
    Apart from what you’ve mentioned here.
    I noticed that,
    1) When you pull down the notification panel, the background become darker
    2) The blacks on the display are better now, earlier they were looked merely like dark greys

  21. pradeep August 17, 2013 at 7:37 am - Reply

    got the update via PC companion , but not able to start my phone,
    its just showing red led indication

  22. gab August 17, 2013 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Also, when I play sounds from my phone, eg. Radio or YouTube videos, there’s a blue light at the bottom part that I can’t seem to off

  23. anshul August 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    according the reviews on other sites abt wifi range,wifi range for sp is only 4 meters????plz plz let m know if it is fixed in 12.0.A.2.245 update…plz plz let m know m abt to buy this phone

    • Anurag Kumar August 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      On our home wifi, our xsp works perfect in 10m radius…never came across this wi-fi issue you reported…
      Let me check this issue…

  24. amino August 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    hye guys, i already update my XSP and i noticed that light effect doesn’t work normally weather in stamina mode or not…
    i notice this problem when i got text massage…
    how i can solve this problem…

  25. Will August 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Noticed that my reception seems to drop low or disconnect altogether since the update. Requires a restart or turn on flight mode and off again.

  26. tanay kayal September 2, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Hi guys. Can you please upload some pictures taken from the camera of sp with its best settings possible after the camera improvement? My email is [ noted ]

  27. matiur September 8, 2013 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    as above mentioned by samir, i m also facing the problem like if phone placed horizontally touch seems to not work properly…so everyone has this problem or just me and him… if it is, thenwhether it is solved in the update or not???

  28. Advait September 10, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I was excited about the new .2.245 upgrade which has minor changes.But my SP upgraded to .257 instead of .245.
    And now when I am trying to re-upgrade via PC Companion it won’t upgrade.It says that ‘There is no software for your mobile’.But everytime I connect it to PC it gives the notification of .2.245 upgrade.

    And while installing PC Companon I overlooked the location thing.It mistakenly installed US version instead of Indian version.

    Now what the heck I can doo..??PC Companion is not working and I want to upgrade my SP(even if the upgrade has no major changes..)

    Apart from that will i receive any notification of further upgrades or not??

  29. Tiago September 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    The light notification doesnt work…..
    When is the next update?

    • Anurag Kumar September 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      No news about it, not even certified yet.

  30. roshan September 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    i updated my xperia sp,but nw i am having issues with my notification lights…its nt blinking after i get a msg or miscall…wat should i do?

    • Anurag Kumar September 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Reboot phone once check still have issues ? If yes try repairing your software via pcc

      Do check in settings are they on or not…

  31. Luka3rd September 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I doubt your info as:
    12.0.A.1.257 update is not only for India! It is merely not in usa. So, you claim unconfirmed info…
    Second, one can hardly say where is Sony’s where is your writing above…

    • Anurag Kumar September 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Hahaha i am not writing all countries list who have got the update. Second thing i didn’t get your second comment.

      .257 was in India and if it is not in USA not my fault. My info was 100% claimed for INDIA .257 update. Better brush up your facts.

  32. vk September 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    On my x sp, after the above OTA update, my phone is heating up noticeably more and phone seems to take more time to charge and drains faster?? It’s that right. Has anyone else faced this at all?

  33. vk September 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Another 24 hours later, my phone seeMs to have settled down and the battery heating problem is better. WiFi issue is the same. Range less than 4 meters. Camera has improved in low light.

  34. bernie November 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    pls help i cant update my sony experia sp c5302 if camera is blur when taking picture and my contacts are not sycronize have name in whatsapp but cant find in viber etc. and everytime have popup notice new system is now available but i cannot update using pc companion pls advice thanks in advance

  35. rajesh November 7, 2013 at 1:12 am - Reply

    I bought a new sp two days before and now i am facing problems with light effects, i am getting lights on call,photos and music.but i am not getting light while playing videos.

    tried restarting the phone,no use.

  36. devansh November 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    How to do conference call in 5302? Link to download user manual for above model

    • Anurag Kumar November 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      While you are on call, select contacts press call button then merge both

  37. Arunvel November 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    I bought new SP c5303 on yesterday. while i am opening whatsapp it shows as your phone date and time is inaccurate. But i set date and time correctly. how can i rectify this problem?

    • Anurag Kumar November 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Try factory resetting the phone once

  38. Karthik January 19, 2014 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Planning to buy a Xperia SP……….. Lot of complaints (Read in various forums) that the phone has low Wi-Fi range and frequently drops Wi-Fi connections…. Is it true?? Is it worth buying the phone? And will it get a 4.3 and future 4.4 update?? …… (i live in India)…..

  39. Srikant February 25, 2014 at 3:49 am - Reply

    I have recently updated my phone with new update. I had taken back up before updation. When I have restored my data i got every thing back except my contacts. I tried again, again and again but all in vain. my contacts seems to be lost now. Please Suggest how can i take my contacts back. I still have back up file in my laptop.

  40. arpan January 21, 2015 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    i have download xperia sp c5302 software ftf now how can i update this software to my phone and i also i phone is dead wont on can u give me some idiea or viedo

  41. Anand February 6, 2015 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    It takes hours to update the phone

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