After ages Sony has now officially rolled Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware for Xperia SP, just now saw it. 12.1.A.0.266 firmware was certified more than 10 days ago and as promised a bit late Sony is rolling it now. Sony has already rolled android 4.3 firmware for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z a lot ago and still it is awaited for Xperia T, TX and V. No official statement on Sony’s blog has come up regarding 12.1.A.0.266 firmware update rolling.
At present Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware is confirmed on Xperia SP C5303 in Malaysia, Australia ( Vodafone AU ), UK, Greece, Central Europe, Netherlands, Bulgaria region over PC Companion, available over SUS also. No OTA for 12.1.A.0.266 firmware seen yet. In India on Xperia SP C5302 no 12.1.A.0.266 firmware update notification not seen yet. 12.1.A.0.266 firmware is still seeding and will be soon rolled out in other regions also.
[ UPDATE – 13 Feb ]
Xperia V Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.295 firmware ROLLING Officially Now
[ UPDATE – 13 Feb ] Xperia T, TX, V Official Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.295 firmware updated on Sony site. [ UPDATE – 12 Feb ] Sony has updated Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware for Xperia SP on their official Xperia SP software update page now 🙂
Xperia T,Xperia TX, Xperia V Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.295 firmware ROLLING Now Officially – Confirmed by Sony.
Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware update
Connect your Xperia SP to PC Companion to and look for 12.1.A.0.266 firmware update notification as shown below and proceed as per on screen instructions.
Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware About Phone
- Phone – Xperia SP C5303
- Android – 4.3
- firmware Build – 12.1.A.0.266
- Kernel – 3.4.0
- Baseband Version – 8960A-AAAAATAZQ-40031007-16
Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware Software info
1269-35388_12.1.A.0.266 Generic user
We will post the 12.1.A.0.266 firmware ftf links to be flashed manually via FlashTool as soon as update is rolled world wide.
We will soon post the full detailed changelog and screenshots very soon, stay tuned 😉
Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware changelog / Screenshots
- White UI is seen exactly like other Xperia handsets have on android 4.3 update.
- New Sony Smart Camera app.
- New Sony media apps with updated versions.
- New downloadable Xperia themes.
- New Xperia stock wallpapers and themes.
- New Xperia Home launcher.
- UI is a lot smooth.
Download 12.1.A.0.266 ftf for Xperia SP
Download below mentioned ftf file and flash it using FlashTool.
# For C5303 LTE AU
Download C5303_12.1.A.0.266_Generic AU.ftf | 812 MB
[ via antkalaitzakis96 ]
Download C5303_12.1.A.0.266_Australia Generic.ftf | 813 MB
[ via Patrol619 ]
Download C5303_12.1.A.0.266_Australia Generic.ftf | 812 MB
[ via krump_lee ]
# For C5303 Central Europe LTE
Download C5303_12.1.A.0.266_Central European 1 CE1.ftf
[ via MrZender ]
# For C5302 India HSPA+ Global Users
[ via Badhan Ganesh ]
How to flash manually Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware ftf on Xperia SP ?
Download concerned ftfs from above links.
Note :- No Root Needed. Warranty not void, safe. Works on both Locked/Unlocked bootloaders. Below mentioned guide is for Xperia Z1 and is similar for Xperia SP.
Guide :- How to flash Android 4.3 Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware ftf using Flashtool manually ?
If you are facing Google Play 403 error in downloading any app after this update then kindly wait, it is a error from Google’s side, should be up in a bit of time 😉
[ UPDATE – 13 FEB ]
Xperia SP Android 4.4 KitKat under investigation now, Will it receive?
Xperia SP Frame Bent Issue appeared like Xperia Z1 – Poor Build Quality or User’s Fault ?
If you have already got 12.1.A.0.266 firmware update on your Xperia SP, kindly post below your changelog and review of it. Are you happy now Xperia SP users, finally but late Sony rolled android 4.3 for Xperia SP. Drop your comments below.
Thanks antkalaitzakis96, levered for pics and info 🙂
I think Z1 users will get android by march or april only.. When i brought z1 most of the websites mentioned that kitkat will be available in the 1st week of february… feeling frustrated 🙁
I meant Android Kitkat
Finally! Im waiting now frimware ftf
ftf made, another user is uploading it now….will soon post link.
not rolled in India yet :/
What’s wrong? Why people receving old update? If sony installed 4.3 by mistake I will Sell my phone
what we think is that as Sony has not updated this on their blog so by somehow this new .266 update got rolled on their servers with old file .254 firmware so as when they see this they will update on their blog and may roll out correct file…
it is 4.3, confirmed after updating again 😛
Kindly tell me that can I have installed custom rom and i donot have any back up. so how can I install this update for my xsp… please reply…
Hey Anurag,please post the .ftf file asap :)))
yes users are uploading it, as soon as it is done, links will be live…
hi bro ….when 4.3 update will be released on india..for sony xperia sp c5302 model….if released plz inform ..or post the link …
ftf link for India 4.3 ftf file is posted in comments, check them…
What about xperia L ?
It will be given hopefully android 4.4 after June 2014. NO 4.3 for it.
waiting for ftf
C5303 LTE ftf is uploaded, try it guys….It’s a torrent link, download torrent file.
The download is not working msg 410 – Gone
link updated now working….check
plz most the magnet link torrent link dead
If I flash 4.3 for SP c5303 I will loose my warranty?
No warranty lost 🙂
Can I install the c5302?
Yes you can but it will give you additional lte settings in network which obviously you can’t use
Thanks! but when OTA will be available, will i be notified?
and will i be able to get further updates from sony? (bug fixes, 4.4 etc..)
No eta for ota, yes you will be notified and get all updates from Sony officially after flashing.
Please m. Anurag in step 6 of flashtool im confused. Please help me
Can I flash my XSP C5303 bought in Slovakia when I´m already using TELEKOM-LTE_12.0.A.2.254 to GLOBAL-LTE_12.1.A.0.266 without any problems with my operator (signal or 3G-network) ? Thanks…
Mate if you are on a carrier operator then kindly do not flash file.
this FTF firmware its like a file that you can get via pc companion or OTA version? so it means this is a normal firmware that you don’t need a Root and your warranty cannot be lost? i mean its safe to use this?
Yes safe to use, warranty is not lost, no root needed.
You can simply flash it if you don’t want to wait for PCCompaniom update.
oohh thanks for the info…but i have C5303 bought here in Italy not a branded its generic, so it is safe to use that FTF australia?
yes you can flash because you need to wait a bit longer as we have only come across users from UK, Vodafone AU and Malaysia confirming this update…no other user confirmed it till now…
ooh thanks for that, you helped me much 🙂
See you need to go to location where you have stores the downloaded ftf file and then browse it, select the ftf file and flash it
Can I flash my XSP C5303 bought in Slovakia when Im using TELEKOM-LTE_12.0.A.2.254 to GLOBAL-LTE_12.1.A.0.266 without any problems with my mobile operator (signal or 3G-network) ? Can I use this version from Australia when Im from Slovakia ?? Thanks…
Could I update my brazilian version of Xperia SP with this FTF? I will have any issue with it?
You can update but we will find out Brazil ftf, wait
First bug: when pressing the volume keys the volume slider doesn’t appear, just a black box(annoying)
Second: more Ram, even worse Ram management.
Can you check with me if it’s also to you guys?
Hi I’ve got the same problem with volume slider, just a black box, maybe they fix it soon lol 😀
this ROM will serve on a c5302
Yes it can but after flashing c5303 rom your phone will say c5303 in about phone settings.
Can I flash the above Rom to my c5302
Yes you can flash.
Hey anurag sorry for my questions but when I turn off the phone and switch it on by pressing volume down and plug it in pc. No action what should do?
try some another usb port of your PC, first insert cable in pc > then press the volume down button and at the same time insert cable in XSP, then it should work…
4.3 is available for sp. Sony update their site.
waiting for blog post to come up on their site.
Hey Anudag,I have c5302 locked bootloader india. while flashing this generic ftf, I have to exclude TA and exclude Baseband??? please reply
Nope you have to flash whole ftf, excluding those file may get you a bootloop :/
Thankyou though I have just relocked the bootloader and restored the TA to get drm keys back 😉 but in this firmware there aint BE2 in album
Thank you m. Anurag. I try the new frimware. It’s better and smoother from older 4.1.2 thank you for your support
any news about android 4.3 for XPERIA TX?
Still not available here in my country im from Philippines .
Any news about Xperia T upgrade?
I can flash my XSP 5306 from mexico?
can i flash my XSP 5306 form mexico? sorry for my english
Still not available in our country Philippines
Rolling in Philippines now 😉
Anyone who upgraded their xperia sp ? Is it now ok to move apps from internal to sd card ?
Now rolling android 12.1 (Chestnut honey) for XPERIA Z100,Z ULTRA 200,Z TABLET 80.It brings sony new smart camera app,new launcher,new UI,so more….
Anthony’s Child: as my father had told 36 years ago android 4.3 will roll out for XPERIA TX,T and V very shortly….please stay tuned us and bear with us.
Thanks for the info Anurag soon ill upload my screenshots
How many mb is it ?
800mb+ via pc companion and no ota seen yet, no eta for ota.
Its still not available in India, when will it come to India?
Anurag is it true that u cant update using win 8 ? but im updating my xperia sp right now im from philippines using windows 8 and its preparing the computer for the update 😀
Not true 😛 I myself use Win 8 and 8.1 no issues while updating via pcc and sus, though I always prefer sus it is fast and i can track downloading % with speed.
Hey anurag which firm have u updated using sus or PCC if its indian version please upload the ftf file
In India not released yet XSP update…
can i flash 5303 firmeare on my XSP 5302 my bootloaader is locked and phone is not rooted also when the update in india arrives will i be able to flash it on my XSP
yes you can
On Update Checker it say India has Fw version 12.1.A.0.266 and also i read that some person in delhi got the update over PCC is that true???
well if update checker says that still it may not roll in India 😛 We can’t sue Sony for that 😛 It should come soon…We are also waiting…I don’t know about that person, may be he is simply trolling 😉
anurag i have installed it its good very smooth thank ya 😀
Hello SP owners! No update in INDIA yet! But I downloaded the ftf firmware file from: (Only for C5302 HSPA)
And I used sony flash tool to flash it.. I gotta say that the update is pretty worth it.. Here is my changelog:
– User interface optimisation and smoother graphical experience
– New Sony user interface with new home screen look and feel
– Sony’s Smart Social Camera and downloadable camera apps
– Updated Sony Media apps – “WALKMAN”, Album and Movies apps
– New version of Battery STAMINA Mode for prolonging battery life
– Improved Wi-Fi (Really the range is awesome)
– Touch problem is gone (When placed horizontally)
– WALKMAN problem is gone (No BASS problem after notification)
– RAM increase
– Very butter smooth interface with awesome themes
– Increased Music Volume; Clarity
– Take screenshot option is changed from long pressing power button to holding the power and volume down key simultaneously. And the quality is pretty low compared to previous screenshot version.
– When increasing/decreasing volume, only a black bar is visible which should be fixed by sony..
– Lock screen customization options are provided
– “my Xperia” (Remote lock/Erase contents) is available now at Settings -> Xperia
– New clock UI
– Day Dreaming is now available
Hope this helps..
Thanks mate for bringing this in 😉 Post some screenshots also….
I have my screenshots on my instagram go to my page arieljrxd tnx 🙂
Thanks a lot 😉
Volume bar works fine in my phone .
If you can live with the annoying wifi bug then don’t upgrade! I used to love this phone but due to the very annoying issue that wifi only worked randomly I decided to upgrade. Now wifi works but everything else is crashing or is extremely slow! And the battery is drained in a few hours by ‘Android os’ 🙁
volume bar initially worked fine bt after restart it became a black bar
Link not working for c5302 india .266 ftf
please fix … i am stuck 94.1%
i bought my xperia sp c3503 in Nepal some 5 months ago and these days we have c3502 in the market. i wonder if I will be getting an update and how long will it take to get the updates by pc companion.
can i update my sp 3502 with update of 3503
Yes you can but ftfs for both file are available.
bro can i install in sp 5303 update in xperia sp 5302 model..bcoz sony pc sute dint show update for 5302 …what ill do?
Yes you can install but after installing your phone will say c5303 in abouy phone settings.
Got 4.3 update in india for xperia sp
great news 🙂 Let us check our XSP…
share your customization number and region…
Hey Anurag, Any information about the xperia sp 4.3 rollout in india.. Why its taking so much time ? Any idea..?
No idea and no eta for roll out. Updates are region dependent they may or may not roll in all regions and if they do may not be at same time.
Some users have started it reporting but we can’t find it yet.
Does anyone have any idea whether this 4.3 firwmare update have the BLE APIs enabled?
I need to make a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) application. Is it possible?
Although the support site(india) is showing an update, my device update centre and pc companion is not showing one, it says your device is up to date (with previous 4.1.2). My device is a rooted one without unlocking bootloader. Is my device being rooted an issue.
Nope :/ Sony has not rolled it out yet in India. We have seen only a few users who have got this, even we are also waiting to update our XSP.
is it safe to update xperia sp through above ftf hspa file? as i am not familiar with software techonology.
yes it is safe mate, flashing is easy..
i cannot download ftf file…plz tell me a solution
which one LTE or HSPA ?
After browse source file its not showing ftf.file
download the ftf and then place it in the folder, if you have placed it, must be there otherwise something you have done wrong….
I download the ftf but my computer is not showing this file as ftf file its showing as vlc media file(.bin)
if i use ftf to update it using global lte, will this cause any issues? currently in uk running EE-lte firmware. no update on pcc
i connected my xperia sp (c5302) with the sony companion and its say that a new update is available, 12.1.a.0.266.sony released it only in australia but i live in pakistan. what should i do?
plz could someone reply to my msg above???
you update it if you have got a notification irrespective of your region.
thank u for that!
Here it is Generic_India_C5302..
This is pretty larger (829 MB) since it comes with extra apps for India like sony music, opera mini, camera apps etc..
this is sony xperia sp officially 4.3 update or testing version???
suppose if istall my warranty will be available…??plz notife me
warranty will be safe, it is official version.
i downloaded ftf file but it showing as .bin,,,it is only opening in vlc media
I’ve just had a bad experience with a recently bought Xperia SP (5303).
It came with and old FW version (237 I think), and 2 or 3 days later came up the warning message to update the FW version with SONY Connect to the new . 266 version.
After the update, the Xperia booted and them start working normally. At night, I turned off my phone (I usually do that when I go to sleep), and for my surprise, the next morning when I turned the device on, there came some error messages like “System interface stopped” and whenever I hit “ok”, the message pops up again on the screen.
I managed to reset the mobile to the factory standards, but the error messages are still there.
I tried to contact the local support (Brazil), but I’ll manage to reach them only next Friday.
Remotely, no one could help.
Does anyone has ever gone through this problem?
Please point me to where I can download the old 4.1.2 build! The 4.3 build is useless. Apps are crashing and it is extremely slow.
I will downgrade as soon as I find the file.
I’m from Myanmar I want to get update in my sony sp c5302.can I know a time to get up get update please.
Thanks a LOT!!!
Successfully Flashed My Xperia SP C5302 with the Generic_India_C5302 by Badhan Ganesh.
Its Working Fine with me!!
No Bugs reported until yet!!
Camera Quality and WiFi Range Improvements are seen.
UI is very smooth!
Download now from the link https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B91NfT5kQEMFc0otMXFHWHQ1Uzg/edit?pli=1
I am downloading the flash files provided by xperiaguide and will be flashing them.
Is it fine to flash and if i Flash will it possible to get future updates like normal update procedure???
Hope I flash correctly and dont brick:)
Well we don’t hold any responsibility if your device is bricked due to any of the mentioned step in tutorial, though it is safe but if you end up doing something wrong from your side it’s your fault.
You will get future updates if you flash. Warranty is not lost.
thanks bro about to flash will update as done
I just flashed with the FTF provided by Bandhan Ganesh. I used the generic India FTF.
Flashing done in few minutes and my xperia got updated with 4.3
No bugs experinced phone works fine.
Wifi : Still same
Black box on pressing volume rocker with downloaded theme
I was never bothered of camera as I have a sony camera for it.
Touch is very sensitive and smooth
Rest if I got any bug or special thing I will update.
Thanks to Anurag, Xperiaguide Team and Bandhan Ganesh
Lastly flash then wait for OTA on SUS or PCC just follow the guide.
Will be flashing now onwards and will root the day Sony ends sp support or takes back Android Kitkat from us
WiFi Range has Increased! Sony has a done Good Job for that!
Earlier, my Range was very short, but now its showing Good Signal Strength even in those areas where it never used to catch even a poor strength!
The Black Box will be removed when you’ll Apply the Default Xperia Theme and Reboot!
The Bugs experienced by me are
1. Play Store taking lots of time for downloading.
2. LED Lights not pulsate in Sync with Music Beats at full volume.
3. No BE2 in Album, Haven’t checked if it works for Movie or not!
4.A Black Box appears instead of Music Volume Bar when using any other theme.
5.Battery Drainage is fast even when STAMINA mode is ON!!
and the annoying thing after the update is it only shows 20 Most Used Apps instead of the Earlier Sequential Order made on App Menu accordance to Usage.
Could you please do a favour? Could you check if this update supports BLE? Try installing this app — https:// play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ti.android.ble.sensortag&hl=en
If it is compatible with your device and installs properly then please let me know here.
I wanted to confirm the BLE compliance for this update on Xperia SP before I buy. My main aim to buy this phone is to have a BLE compliant device.
Thanks a ton.
I have also flashed the FTF provided by Ganesh and the ROM is super smooth. I like the new UI. Display clarity is better on this ROM, fonts are sharper. Thanks a ton Ganesh, you ended my wait. Can anyone help with the Rooting procedure of this new ROM. Thanks in advance.
Is the 4.3 update live in New Delhi, India?
Any idea when its going live?
i get notification via pc companion 12.1.A.0.266 in india….
It’s rolling now in India. I am from Delhi and currently downloading this update with SUS. Update is a hefty 822.1 mb in size and I am waiting it to be finished.
yes we got it, updating now 🙂
When will u upload ftf???
India FTF is already uploaded a 3 days ago, taken from users who got it. Kindly check comments and post again.!
that update is not recognised by flash tool
any one plss send indian version official 4.3 update screenshot which came just now pls…
it is same as posted above of C5303, what new to look into ? 😛
The android 4.3 update for Xperia SP C 5302 is now available in India. Downloading the updates now.. 🙂
Xperia SP owners who are running Android 4.3 have a new update for the Album Application (Album 5.4.A.0.20). Don’t what is the purpose of update, but I can tell that the Bravia Engine 2 issue in album app is still not fixed in this update.
when will xperia sp uk generic user get the updates..
Hi. Can the C5302 update be used for C5306?
few moments ago i was notified via the Sony PC companion that 4.3 update is available for my C5302….so before starting the update what are necessary things to do like….should i backup my contacts,whatsapp messges,messages etc…..will this all are gonna be lost if i update my phone?
help will be much appreciated
just update it, nothing is to be backed up, nothing will be lost.
unable to update using Sony PC Companion….its saying that…..
please try again with a computer that runs Windows 7 or earlier versions of windows….
i am currently using windows 8.1 Pro…
indians complained of no updates but dudes we still haven’t got updates in the uk.. shit man..
Try to update via flashing if you want…I see here already rolled in UK
Tem como fazer root nessa versão original da Sony Xperia sp 4.3?
plz upload torrent link for C5302 ftf file as m facing downloading problem. downloading till 628 mb and then stops. so, please someone upload torrent file link for C5302 india
I am from India haven’t recieved any notification in the update centre yet on my SP C5302. That’s probably because it’s only possible via PC Companion. Please tell me what is the size of the update(via PC Companion so that I can prepare.
size is 829 mb
I need torrent link for India plz
I downloaded update file via update center of my xsp, but when installing is started an error occurred and say ” couldn’t install”…
My xsp has been rooted,how can I install this update without pc.
Plz help me!!!!!
i have 12.1.a.1.201 and 4.3 android version
but cant root if i root then wifi stop working
so can i roll over to 12.1.A.0.266
or there is any way to root 201
Is it sensible if i updated to 12.1.A.0.266 in a country where it has officially not been released then shortly thereafter get an update of the former 12.1.A.0.201……is it going to add any value or instead it is going to downgrade my phone back to its former miserable state?