Sony ENDS Xperia C, Xperia SP Android Update support officially

From a long time there was no word from Sony on the Android 4.2.2+ upgrade for Xperia C and Android 4.3+ upgrade for Xperia SP well now Sony has officially confirmed that both Xperia C and Xperia SP will no longer be updated anymore, they have reached their EoL ( end-of-life term ) of android updates.

Sony last updated Xperia SP to android 4.3 as when Xperia V and T was also given update but Sony Xperia SP Software update page says “Latest & Final Version, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean“. Xperia SP was launched with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean in 2013 which is undoubtedly the best 720p HD display mid range Xperia handset of 2013.

No KitKat for Xperia SP

Below you can see the snapshot from the Xperia SP software update page.

Xperia SP Final Android support ends

No Android 4.3 & KitKat for Xperia C

Sony launched its first MediaTek SoC phone in form of Xperia C in 2013 with android 4.2 out of the box and unfortunately now it will remain only on Android 4.2 only with only 3 minor updates till now since launch. Xperia C Software update page now reads as “Latest & Final Version, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean”.

Xperia C Android Support Ends

We were really expecting from Sony atleast updating Xperia SP on Android 4.4 KitKat as when we have seen Xperia E1 getting a better treatment from Sony in terms of update. Xperia M saw Android 4.3 update while Xperia C was not updated further.

Well that’s unfortunate now as Sony has ended support for Xperia C and Xperia SP officially. So users what are you going to do now, moving over to another handset or now its time to try for KitKat custom ROMS. What are your plans, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.207 firmware update rolling

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.207 firmware which was certified a few days back is now rolling on carrier operators T-Mobile in Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland and Orange in France. 12.1.A.1.207 firmware is a bug fixing update over previous 12.1.A.1.205 firmware build android 4.3.

12.1.A.1.207 firmware brings performance enhancement and bug fixing, nothing major is noticed so far. Sony still has not updated anything about Xperia SP android 4.4.2 KitKat update.

12.1.A.1.207 firmware

12.1.A.1.207 firmware has not hit regular Xperia SP variants so far, we can expect the rollout in upcoming days hopefully though no surety is there.

12.1.A.1.207 firmware

12.1.A.1.207 firmware ftf is still not available, we will post it as soon as we get it but you can install the pre-rooted 12.1.A.1.207 firmware based ROM if you want.

Download Rooted, Deodexed, Zipaligned Stock 12.1.A.1.207 ROM

Check this thread for installation steps for locked and unlocked bootloader Xperia SP.

Download C5303_RDZ+207.zip

Let us know if you have got the Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.207 firmware update. Drop your comments below with the changes noticed.

via – XDA

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.207 firmware certified

In the middle of KitKat crisis for Xperia SP, Sony has certified a minor android 4.3 12.1.A.1.207 firmware for Xperia SP on PTCRB. 12.1.A.1.207 firmware is spotted for all variants of Xperia SP i.e. C5302, C5303 and C5306. At present Xperia SP in Android 4.3 12.1.A.1.205 firmware.

Sony has still put Xperia SP under investigation for KitKat build and there is no surety whether it will come or not. Xperia SP users are facing many bugs like heating issues, dark camera pics, notification light issues in present firmware build.

12.1.A.1.207 firmware

Below you can 12.1.A.1.207 firmware certification.

12.1.A.1.207 firmware Xperia SP

We will keep you updated on the firmware release. What bugs you are facing Xperia SP users currently on your present firmware build. Let us know. Drop your comments below.

Thanks Ben for the Tip!

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.205 firmware update rolling

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.205 firmware was certified on PTCRB in May end and now it has started rolling on a few carrier operated handsets. 12.1.A.1.205 firmware is seen rolling in regions like France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, UK on carriers Orange FR, customized GR, T-Mobile HU, Orange PL, Orange SL, Orange ES, T-Mobile UK, O2 Pay Monthly respectively.

12.1.A.1.205 firmware is not seen on regular Xperia SP variants yet. 12.1.A.1.205 firmware is a bug fixing update over previous 12.1.A.1.201 firmware version where users are facing issues like low battery stamina, flickering screen issue is the main issue for many users. Check your Xperia SP for 12.1.A.1.205 firmware if you have carrier dependent handset, for generic Xperia SP devices it may roll soon.

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.205 firmware

Below you can see the regions where 12.1.A.1.205 firmware has hit Xperia SP. Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.205 firmware

Connect your Xperia SP to PC Companion and look for an update notification as shown below, proceed as per onscreen instructions.

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.205 firmware PC Companion Download Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.205 firmware ftf

Download Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.205 firmware ftf for C5303 from below link and install it via FlashTool.

Download C5303_12.1.A.1.205_Telekom HU.ftf

For C5303 Generic devices

Download C5303_12.1.A.1.205_Generic GR.ftf

Official Changelog of Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.205 firmware update.

Android 4.4.2 update rollout date is still not confirmed for Xperia SP as Sony is mum on this issue for the time being.

We will keep you updated as soon as 12.1.A.1.205 firmware starts rolling on Xperia SP globally. Do comment below if you have already received 12.1.A.1.205 firmware update.

Thanks Levered, damin26 🙂




Android 4.4.3 CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies rolled for Xperia SP

Sony Xperia SP ( huashan ), the forgotten handset from Sony which is still on android 4.3 and no confirmation is there yet from Sony when it will roll android 4.4.2 KitKat update for it. CyanogenMod team has come up with CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies android 4.4.3 build for Xperia SP officially, not the stable one but the first build from CM team.

CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies for Xperia SP allows you to install android 4.4.3 ROM on your Xperia SP after unlocking the bootloader of handset. Keep in mind unlocking bootloader voids warranty so make sure you backup your DRM keys before you do that. If you don’t want to wait for Sony’s official update to android 4.4.2 then you can go with CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies for the time being.

CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies for Xperia SP

Below you can see the android 4.4.3 CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies on Xperia SP in action.

Download Android 4.4.3 CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies for Xperia SP

Check below link to download Android 4.4.3 CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies package for Xperia SP from CyanogenMod website.

Download cm-11-20140607-NIGHTLY-huashan.zip 

Let us know if you have tried installing Android 4.4.3 CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies build on your Xperia SP, how stable it is. Drop your comments below.

Thanks Franki9 🙂

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.201 firmware update rolling – Android 4.3

Sony rolled android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware update on Xperia SP after a long wait and when it came users were disappointed by the bugs it brought with itself. As a bug fixing update over original android 4.3 firmware update for Xperia SP, we saw 12.1.A.1.192 firmware getting certified for Xperia SP on PTCRB and then SFR French carrier posted the info that 12.1.A.1.192 firmware may roll on carrier device anytime soon but it never came.

Just now Sony has rolled a higher build 12.1.A.1.201 firmware on Xperia SP which is bug fixing update over previous 12.1.A.0.266 firmware. 12.1.A.1.201 firmware is confirmed on regions like Indonesia, USA, Latin America, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Italy etc. Sony has officially updated 12.1.A.1.201 firmware on Xperia SP software product page, update has been confirmed on all handset versions C5303, C5302, C5306 etc.

12.1.A.1.201 firmware update is available over PC Companion and SUS, OTA notification for 12.1.A.1.201 firmware is not seen yet. Connect your Xperia SP to PC Companion and look for a notification as shown below. 12.1.A.1.201 firmware update size is about 822 MB.

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.201 firmware

12.1.A.1.201 firmware  Xperia SP C5302 India

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.201 firmware about phone details below.

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.201 firmware update

If you haven’t got 12.1.A.1.201 firmware notification yet then you can update manually using FlashTool.

Download Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.201 firmware ftf

# For C5303

Download C5303_12.1.A.1.201_CH.ftf
[ via XDA user Jozinek ]

Download XperiaSP_12.1.A.1.201_GR.ftf.torrent
[ via XDA user UltraWelfare ]

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.201 firmware changelog

  • Enhanced user experience.
  • Improved battery performance.
  • Software performance improvement.
  • Volume bar bug fixed.
  • Old media apps viz. Walkman 8.1.A.0.7, Album 5.4.A.0.24, Movies 6.1.A.0.18.
  • More Free RAM available.
  • LED Bug fixed.
  • Screen flickering fixed.

If you have updated your Xperia SP on 12.1.A.1.201 firmware then let us know if you find any other major changes or bugs. Drop your comments below.

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.192 firmware update coming today, SFR France says

Xperia SP 12.1.A.1.192 firmware which was spotted on PTCRB at Feb end has been approved and confirmed by SFR carrier in France and roll out of the same starts today dated 21 March, 2014. Sony rolled android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware update on Xperia SP after a long delay and getting number of firmware certified for the same android version but Xperia SP users are still not satisfied with the build as it has many bugs associated with it.

Earlier today SFR France mentioned that android 4.3 has been finalized for Xperia M and now they have posted another good news, as per SFR carrier in France, 12.1.A.1.192 firmware update can come anytime today and will bring more improvement in performance and stability, overall smooth graphical experience and update to Sony Media apps viz. Walkman, Album, Movies.

12.1.A.1.192 firmware update has not been spotted yet rolling on any user’s handset so far but as soon as it comes we will let you know.

A few days back Sony rolled android 4.4.2 KiKat update for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra along with it’s schedule plan for rolling KitKat for Xperia Z, ZL, ZR , Tablet Z, T2 Ultra, E1, M2. Unfortunately Sony has not mentioned Xperia SP, C, L, V, T, TX in the KitKat update getting device list yet.

Bugs like hidden volume bar, touch responsive issues, poor camera quality in low light, heating and battery drain issues have come up on 12.1.A.1.192 firmware update. Do let us know your bugs list on Xperia SP.

We hope Sony rolls 12.1.A.1.192 firmware update quickly over Xperia SP and in future rolls out KitKat too. Let us know if any user gets 12.1.A.1.192 firmware update notification on his Xperia SP.

[ Source – SFR France ]

Install Xperia Z2 battery icon SystemUI Mod on Xperia SP

As you all know Sony has used a new horizontal all white battery icon in Xperia Z2 KitKat firmware which has got mixed response from the users; now can be installed on Xperia SP. XDA Dev Levered has modded the SystemUI.apk for Xperia SP so that Xperia Z2 battery icon can be installed on Xperia SP. It is a mod from Xperia Z2 original KitKat SystemUI and only to be installed on Xperia SP.

To install it on your Xperia SP, it must be rooted, just download the below mentioned file and push it in system/media/app folder and replace it with the available file. Set correct permissions rw-r-r and do reboot. Kindly make a backup of original file before replacing it with the modded one.

Download Xperia Z2 battery icon SystemUI Mod

Note: Only for Xperia SP rooted users, do no try it on other devices.!

Download SystemUI.apk

Check the preview of Xperia Z2 battery icon SystemUI Mod on Xperia SP below.

Xperia Z2 battery icon on Xperia SP

Bugs: Power saver and charging icon is still old one.

Let us know if that works for you on your Xperia SP. Drop your comments below in case of any doubts.

Xperia SP Android 4.4 KitKat under investigation now, Will it receive?

Yesterday we saw many Xperia SP users reporting android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware update on their handset but at present it is only limited for some particular regions, globally roll out is yet to be seen. Sony Mobile has updated today android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware update changelog for Xperia SP officially on their product support page but a blog post confirming same is yet to be seen.

Sony has already shown its android 4.4 KitKat upgrade plan where Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Xperia Z, ZL, Tablet Z will be getting KitKat in first batch and later Sony will reveal its cards for second batch. Interestingly Xperia ZR, Xperia SP and Xperia C didn’t make to first batch.

Other mid range Xperia handsets left are Xperia L and Xperia M, confirmation for them is also pending. Well just now spotted that before rolling android 4.3 for Xperia SP, Sony mentioned that future update on Xperia SP will be Android 4.4 KitKat but after rolling android 4.3 for Xperia SP, Sony has changed the status to “under investigation” now.

Check below the status of Xperia SP Android 4.4 KitKat update.

Xperia SP Android 4.4 KitKat update

Xperia ZR, Xperia T, TX, V and Xperia SP now reads same status of Android 4.4 KitKat under investigation. May be Sony is now spending time on how well KitKat will be for these devices. Well we hope Sony rolls out KitKat soon for the first batch. It is expected that Sony will reveal their KitKat UI along with Sony D6503 at MWC 2014 event and hopefully after that only we can expect KitKat for Xperia Z family.

Sony has already started working on Android 4.4.2 KitKat 14.3.A.x.xxx firmware for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact. What do you think Xperia SP users after seeing this “under investigation” tag. Drop your comments below.

Xperia SP Frame Bent Issue appeared like Xperia Z1 – Poor Build Quality or User’s Fault ?

A few months back we reported that many Xperia Z1 users were complaining that frame bent has appeared in their handset without any external force applied. Though if you’ll look at Xperia Z1 frame bent pics you wont believe that it has appeared without application of any external force but as number of users reporting this issue is very large so it makes us to doubt on the build quality of Xperia Z1 on those particular handsets. Well unfortunately now Xperia SP users are also reporting same frame bent issue on their handset.

One such user Corey Walter has contacted us regarding the “Xperia SP Frame Bent Issue” which appeared in his handset and it really looks really terrible. Flat bar designed Xperia SP is looking like Xperia T curve design, well mocking aside; all such cases which are arising almost daily regarding the build quality of handsets is a serious concern.

[ UPDATE ]

Xperia Z1 Screen and Body bent appears – User’s fault or Hardware issue ?

Let’s have a look at Xperia SP Frame Bent Issue…

Xperia SP Frame Bent Issue

Notice the front panel of Xperia SP shown below, it is clearly bent from the front like a curve.

Xperia SP Frame Bent Issue

Below user has placed his Xperia SP over LG Optimus and look at the ends of Xperia SP, they are moved upwards not perfectly horizontal.

Frame Bent Xperia SP

Check the curve formed in body of Xperia SP.

Xperia SP Body Bent

In below pic you can see the exact curve formed in the frame of Xperia SP

Xperia SP Bent Issue

As claimed by the user, all frame bent appeared itself, no force was applied from his end but the issue now arises is that whether Sony will take up this case under warranty or not. As seen from the comments of many Xperia Z1 users, some got their handset replaced from Sony for same issue and to some Sony refused saying such frame bents can’t appear itself, weird huh ?

[ UPDATE – 23 FEB ]

Another user “Narelle & Phil” has reached us and unfortunately bends have appeared in their Xperia SP frame also which is very disappointing, it seems now as many users are reporting, there may be some issue with those frames.

Curved Xperia SP Frame

Bent Xperia SP Frame

Just to update users, Sony has started rolling officially Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware on Xperia SP, check below link for full details on it.

Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware Android 4.3 Rolling Now Officially

Well if you have also got any such issues in your Xperia SP then do let us know. We would like to know how many Xperia SP users are facing this frame bent issue. Drop your comments below.

Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware Android 4.3 Rolling Now Officially

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 – 19 Feb ] Xperia SP Android 4.3 Update rolled in India, confirmed.

UPDATE – 14 Feb ]

Xperia V Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.295 firmware ROLLING Officially Now

Xperia TX LT29i Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.295 firmware ROLLING

UPDATE – 13 Feb ]

Xperia T,Xperia TX, Xperia V Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.295 firmware ROLLING Now Officially – Confirmed by Sony.

[ UPDATE – 13 FebXperia 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 🙂

 Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware

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 update

Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware About Phone

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

Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware Software info

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.

Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 Vodafone AU

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

Download C5302_12.1.A.0.266_1272-3116_R2B.ftf
[ 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 antkalaitzakis96levered for pics and info 🙂

Android 4.3 Testing completed, Awaiting rollout for Xperia SP and TX, says Vodafone Australia

Another info regarding android 4.3 rollout for Xperia SP and TX has come up from weekly software updates info from Vodafone Australia, they claims “Android 4.3 Testing completed, Awaiting rollout“. Some times back Vodafone AU says testing is in progress and then we saw a new firmware getting certified for Xperia SP, T, V and TX on PTCRB, may be that’s the final build which will be rolled out anytime now.

At present for Xperia T and Xperia V Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.295 firmware is the latest build certified on PTCRB and for Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware is the latest build which should be released by Sony as the already said in a tweet it will be rolled at late Jan / Early Feb 2014. Feb’s 1st week is already over now.

Let’s have a look at the android 4.3 info from Vodafone AU.

Android 4.3 Testing completed, Awaiting rollout for Xperia SP and TX, says Vodafone Austalia

In past we have seen many leaks regarding android 4.3 firmware for above mentioned devices. Check below links for more info.

Download Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Leaked ROM for Xperia SP 

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked

Download Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Leaked ROM for Xperia T 

Xperia T LT30p Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.278 firmware Screenshots Leaked

Xperia TX LT29i Android 4.3 9.2.A.1.131 firmware ROM Leaked – Install on Unlocked Bootloader devices

Xperia V LT25i Android 4.3 9.2.A.1.131 firmware ROM Leaked – Install on Unlocked Bootloader devices

No firmware is seen getting certified for Xperia TX yet. We hope Sony rolls out Android 4.3 soon, as it is already very late, they should stand by their words this time.

Do let us know users if you are waiting for android 4.3 very desperately. Drop your comments below.

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware certified – Final Build ?

Oops Sony did it again.! Just now a new Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware has been certified on PTCRB following the previous certified 12.1.A.0.263, 12.1.A.0.253 firmware builds. A few days ago Sony made a statement in a tweet saying android 4.3 for Xperia SP, T, TX and V will be soon rolled out  at end of Jan or in early Feb 2014, well it seems Jan is about to end and users are asking about the update and a new 12.1.A.0.266 firmware certification has come up at the same time.

12.1.A.0.266 firmware is certified for all variants of Xperia SP i.e. C5302  ( M35h ) , C5303 and C5306 and probably is the final android 4.3 build for Xperia SP which will be released hopefully very soon. 12.1.A.0.266 firmware certification clearly indicates Sony is still working on Xperia SP android 4.3 firmware.

UPDATE – 11 FEB ]

Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware Android 4.3 Rolling Now Officially – Install it / Flash it manually.

Check below the 12.1.A.0.266 firmware certification for Xperia SP on PTCRB website.

Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware

We have seen many leaks till now related to android 4.3 firmware for Xperia SP. Check below links for further info.

Download Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Leaked ROM for Xperia SP 

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked

12.1.A.0.266 firmware has just been certified, not released yet so please don’t ask for 12.1.A.0.266 firmware ftf now.

What do you think Xperia SP users, will this new certified 12.1.A.0.266 firmware will come during this month or we may see it in Feb now, drop your comments below. Are you satisfied how Sony is treating flagship devices and other devices.

[ REVIEW ] Xperia SP USB Desktop Dock Charger

Xperia SP users if you are looking for some USB desktop dock charger for your phone then you already know that Sony has not officially launched any such dock charger for Xperia SP but it is not the end of road. We searched among many manufacturers and  found Xperia SP USB desktop dock charger and it goes well with Xperia SP M35H, C5302, C5303 and C5306.

As there is no magnetic charging pins in Xperia SP so the Xperia SP USB desktop dock charger uses the USB port for charging it and for data sync. It is priced at $8.59 which is a very decent price and is available for shipping world wide ( normally ships from Hong Kong ). It comes with 1 year warranty and is available in black color only. It took more than 15 days to reach us.

[ REVIEW ] Xperia SP USB Desktop Dock Charger

In the absence of official dock, it seems a nice choice if you are keen to purchase a dock for your Xperia SP. Let’s have a look at it, what it has got to offer.

Below you can find the retail packaging of the Xperia SP USB Desktop Dock Charger.

Inside the package there is one Xperia SP USB dock and small micro USB charging cable to be connected to PC.

Xperia SP USB Desktop Dock Charger

 

You need to connect the micro USB cable at the back of Xperia SP dock. Use the cable which you got with your Xperia SP as the cable provided with above dock is very small in size.

Xperia SP USB Desktop Dock Charger - Micro USB slot

How does it charge Xperia SP ?

Inside the Xperia SP dock station, there is one micro USB port where you place your Xperia SP to charge it and for data sync.

Xperia SP Dock Station

P.S. Currently we don’t our Xperia SP with us, it is with customer care, so we are posting some pics below of some another Xperia SP user.

Xperia SP with USB Dock[Pic credits :- XDA user Steph310 ]

You can plug in the earphones while Xperia SP is put on the USB charging dock.

Plug in earphones while Xperia SP is on Dock [Pic credits :- XDA user Steph310 ]

Pros

  • Cheap in price.
  • Easy to Use.
  • Charge your phone as well as Sync data.

Cons

  • Not an official product. Build quality of plastic not so good.

Thanks Witrigs for sending this is 🙂 Look for Xperia SP USB Desktop Dock Charger listing, if you want to purchase it.

Do let us know if you are using some other Xperia SP USB desktop dock charger, we would like to hear your views. Drop your comments below if you have any doubt.

Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat Boot Animation Video on Xperia SP

Yesterday we saw the leaked Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat UI of Sony D6503 and it is simply amazing. Sony has integrated so many new features in Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat UI like 4K Video Recording, Gloves Mode, White Balance Control, Built-in-answering machine, Sony’s new “What’s New” feature integrated along with Google Now, Smart Back light control settings, double tap to wake up screen and many more. In short Sony has given the best Xperia UI in Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

So Android 4.4.2 KitKat brought a new boot animation also for Xperia handsets, want to check out how Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat boot animation looks like. Check the below video and let us know.

[ UPDATE – 22 Jan ]

Download and Install Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat Boot Animation – For Rooted Devices

Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat Boot Animation Video

Sony has integrated its new Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat wallpapers in the background of boot animation and it just move like waves during boot animation. Original Poster is playing Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat Boot Animation on Xperia SP.

Well we do like the Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat boot animation as compared to previous experience flow Xperia boot animation.

Do you like new Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat boot animation, do let us know in below comments.

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.263 firmware certified – Final Build

Yesterday we saw Sony tweeting regarding an ETA for android 4.3 roll out on Xperia SP at the end of Jan or in early Feb 2014 after two android 4.3 firmwares were already certified on PTCRB from which one was removed later. Well it seems now another new Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.263 firmware is certified on PTCRB page and we hope it is the final build of which Sony mentioned in tweet.

Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.263 firmware is certified for all Xperia SP variants C5302 / C5303 / C5306, this would be the third build to get certify; first being 12.1.A.0.253 firmware and second being 12.1.A.0.256 firmware from which we saw leaked 12.1.A.0.253 firmware ROM revealing what Sony has planned for Xperia SP users on android 4.3.

[ UPDATE – 29 Jan ]

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.266 firmware certified – Final Build ?

Check the certification of 12.1.A.0.263 firmware for Xperia SP below.

certification of 12.1.A.0.263 firmware for Xperia SP

If you want to install leaked android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware ROM on your Xperia SP, you can after unlocking the bootloader. Follow the given below link.

Download Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Leaked ROM for Xperia SP 

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked

We hope Sony rolls out soon this new 12.1.A.0.263 firmware as it is already too later as per the promise made by them earlier and hope it is bug free as they have spent a lot time on it. What do you think Xperia SP users and what bugs you are facing currently on android 4.1.2 firmware. Drop your comments below.

Android 4.3 for Xperia SP,T,TX,V to roll out from end Jan/early Feb – Sony Confirms

Finally a credible news from Sony regarding android 4.3 ETA for Xperia SP, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V, today Sony Mobile confirmed that they will officially roll out android 4.3 for Xperia SP, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V from end Jan / early Feb 2014 as final preps are going for it and soon will become available. We know all users are frustrated now as we are getting so many queries regarding the ETA of android 4.3 from users as earlier Sony promised that it will be rolled in December 2013 but then it got delayed.

[ UPDATE – 17 Jan ]

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.263 firmware certified – Final Build

Xperia T and Xperia V new Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.290 firmware certified

Today Sony Mobile made a tweet confirming that it will be rolled  “end Jan / early Feb 2014 ” sure and they know that users are going mad over the delay in rolling and they have apologized for the same many times in there tweet.

 

 
A few days back we saw Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware getting certified on PTCRB and then later a new Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware was certified on PTCRb but now it is removed which keeps us in dark that which android 4.3 firmware will be actually rolled out.

If you still want to taste the android 4.3 flavor on Xperia SP, then you can install the leaked Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware ROM which only works for unlocked bootloader phone.

Download Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Leaked ROM for Xperia SP 

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked

Similarly we saw first Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.276 firmware getting certified for Xperia T and Xperia V and then later a new build 9.2.A.0.278 firmware was certified and leaked also.

Download Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Leaked ROM for Xperia T 

Xperia T LT30p Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.278 firmware Screenshots Leaked

After a few days we saw a new 9.2.A.1.131 firmware build getting leaked for Xperia TX which is android 4.3 version and same 9.2.A.1.131 firmware was also leaked for Xperia V which arises the doubt that which firmware build will be finally rolled on Xperia SP, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V is still unknown.

Xperia TX LT29i Android 4.3 9.2.A.1.131 firmware ROM Leaked – Install on Unlocked Bootloader devices

Xperia V LT25i Android 4.3 9.2.A.1.131 firmware ROM Leaked – Install on Unlocked Bootloader devices

What do you think Xperia SP, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V users, will Sony keep their words this time, or they again will delay it, well only time will tell it. How do you fells guys on this pathetic behavior of Sony regarding rolling updates for older devices and flagships , drop your comments below.

Download Android 4.3 Leaked ROM for Xperia SP and Xperia T

In our previous post we mentioned that Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware screenshots and Xperia T LT30p Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.278 firmware screenshots have been leaked and guess what now both Xperia SP and Xperia T features the same UI, same Sony smart camera app and new Xperia themes what other members of Xperia Z family are enjoying.

Well leaks comes from XDA legendary developer “DooMLoRD” who first mentioned that system dump for the above firmware may not be available but guess what now it is available and you can download on your Xperia SP and Xperia T and enjoy the flavor of Android 4.3 before Sony releases it officially. As per DooMLoRD, these are internal testing firmwares for brown ( developer ) devices and now he has managed to get them boot onto red ) production devices.

UPDATE – 11 FEB ]

Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware Android 4.3 Rolling Now Officially – Install it / Flash it manually.

Download Leaked Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 ROM

On android 4.3 Xperia SP will feature 12.1.A.0.256 firmware build and moreover many news features and app which are pretty cool. To install below mentioned ROM, you need to have your bootloader unlocked which will void the warranty.

Download SP-4.3_leak_256-DooMLoRD.zip | 705 MB

Installation Steps here from XDA Developer DooMLoRD

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked

Check the screenshots below what this ROM will fetch you.

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked

Download Leaked Xperia T LT30p Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.278 ROM

On android 4.3 Xperia T, TX and Xperia V will feature 9.2.A.0.278 firmware build which too smooth and without any lags. To install below mentioned ROM, you need to unlock your bootloader first which voids the warranty.

Download T-4.3_leak_278-DooMLoRD.zip | 663 MB

Installation Steps here from XDA Developer DooMLoRD

Xperia T LT30p Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.278 firmware - About Phone

Check the screenshots below what this ROM will fetch you.

Xperia T LT30p Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.278 firmware Screenshots Leaked

If Xperia SP and Xperia T users are very keen to try the android 4.3 firmware, they can download above ROM and install it on their respective devices carefully. Firmware ftf is still not available.

If you want to wait for official android 4.3 firmware to land, just wait for sometime, it’s official release is very near now. Drop your comments if you have tried above ROM.

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked

Yesterday we saw a new android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware was certified for Xperia SP on PTCRB over previous certified 12.1.A.0.253  firmware build and just now XDA legendary developer DooMLoRD has posted screenshots of Xperia SP android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware which is about to get released soon in upcoming days officially. Well to be very clear let us tell you that only screenshots have been leaked so don’t ask for system dump or 12.1.A.0.256 firmware ftf for the time being.

Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware brings the same taste of android 4.3 as what Xperia Z1 and other Xperia Z series member got, it means Xperia SP is about to get the same UI and other apps similar to what Xperia Z1 users have on their android 4.3 firmware update. Both Xperia SP C5302 and C5303/C5306 will get this same update.

[ UPDATE – 11 FEB ]

Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.266 firmware Android 4.3 Rolling Now Officially – Install it / Flash it manually.

UPDATE – 9 JAN ]

Download Android 4.3 Leaked ROM for Xperia SP 12.1.A.0.256 firmware and Xperia T 9.2.A.0.278 firmware – Need to Unlock bootloader to install

[ UPDATE – 9 JAN ]

Xperia T LT30p Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.278 firmware Screenshots Leaked

Xperia SP android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Leaked Screenshots

Xperia SP gets new “white UI” on android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware and a new Sony Smart Camera app with cool “Xperia” Themes. Xperia SP will be coming directly from android 4.1.2 when it officially lands on it in a few days.

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked

  We made a bit of changelog as per the screenshots and what “DoomLoRD” posted.

  • White UI exactly like Xperia Z1 android 4.3.
  • New Sony Smart Camera app.
  • New Media apps.
  • New Xperia Themes, downloadable content.
  • New Message app with left hand keyboard settings.
  • New Xperia Wallpapers.
  • New Xperia Home launcher.
  • More Free RAM. Total 839 MB of RAM is available now.
  • Does Camera quality improved ? NO word can be said until it get officially updated.
  • Smooth UI, project butter at its best.
  • No X-Reality for Mobile, still Bravia Engine 2 included.
  • Security Fixes.
  • Smooth and enhanced Graphical Experience.
  • Magnification gesture settings.
  • Day Dream screensaver option.
  • Touch Screen responsive more.
  • Glove and Stamina mode present as like in previous firmwares
  • No option to move apps to SD card.

Do note that this is a leak from an internal testing firmware so in final version may be somethings are removed or added. Like it Xperia SP users ? Drop your views on above screenshots, do you like the white UI or want old black UI back ? It is a matter of some time only that it will officially being rolled on Xperia SP hopefully with very less number of bugs.

New Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Certified for Xperia SP again

Sony Xperia SP users are furious over Sony for delaying android 4.3 update, back in December we saw android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware being certified for all variants of Sony Xperia SP and then later an alleged about phone screenshot from android 4.3 12.1.A.0.252 firmware was leaked. When we asked Sony Xperia support on Twitter that what is the progress with android 4.3 update for Xperia SP, thy replied “work is still in progress“.

Well it seems Sony is rectifying some major bugs from previous certified firmware as again a new Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware has been certified for Sony Xperia SP on PTCRB website. It seems the final android 4.3 build for Xperia SP and should come soon now.

[ UPDATE – 15 Jan ]

12.1.A.0.256 firmware Certification has been removed from PTCRB site now for the time being.

UPDATE – 9 Dec ]

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked – New White UI, Sony Smart Camera App and Xperia Themes

Check below the certification of Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware on PTCRB website for all version of Xperia SP viz. C5302, C5303, C5306.

New Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Certified for Xperia SP again

At present Sony Xperia SP is on android 4.1.2 firmware and has many serious bugs like poor camera quality, battery and heating issues etc.

It is expected that Xperia SP will get same UI just like Xperia Z and other family members got in their android 4.3 firmware update. It should be now the matter of some days that this Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware goes live for Xperia SP. Drop your comments Xperia SP users, are you satisfied with Sony’s policy is delaying updates over and over.

Sony delaying Android 4.3 for Xperia SP, No ETA yet “work in progress”

Xperia SP users are now bombarding us with comments when they will get android 4.3 firmware update as when it was promised to be delivered in December 2013 only. Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware was certified a week ago on PTCRB website and a few days back we saw Android 4.3 9.2.A.0.276 firmware for Xperia T and Xperia V getting certified on PTCRB and now questions arises is Xperia SP getting android 4.3 at the same time with Xperia T and Xperia V now ?

We asked official Sony Xperia Support on Twitter regarding the ETA of Android 4.3 Xperia SP update and they replied that “Sony is still working on it” and should come soon though no ETA was given by them.

[ UPDATE – 9 Dec ]

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked – New White UI, Sony Smart Camera App and Xperia Themes

UPDATE – 8 Dec ]

New Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Certified for Xperia SP again

Check our conversation with Xperia Support Twitter. We presented them that users are frustrated over delay in rolling android 4.3 for Xperia SP.

 


When we asked will Xperia SP gets android 4.3 in 1st week of Jan 2014, they decided to remain mum on this issue.

 

 
We do expect that it should come soon in 1st week of Jan 2014.
What do you think Xperia SP users are you frustrated over Sony for delaying so much android 4.3 for Xperia SP ?

Vote for Xperia Z1 & Xperia SP in GsmArena Smartphone Champions League 2013

One of the best spot for tech enthusiast GsmArena has organised a unique Smartphone Champions League 2013 battle. Two of the Xperia 2013 devices, the mighty Xperia Z1 and Xperia SP are in the quaterfinal and we need your help to vote for these two Xperia devices to win this battle.

At present Xperia Z1 is competing against another mighty device Nokia 1520 and Xperia SP is competing against LG Nexus 5 and unfortunately both devices are far away in terms of votes to win this battle and to go in semi-finals. So here we request all readers of Xperia Guide and all Xperia fans from world to vote for these devices as soon as possible, every single vote counts.

Xperia Z1 vs Nokia 1520 – Vote Now

Click on below link to go to GsmArena website and vote for Xperia Z1 by clicking the link below and click on Xperia Z1 name listed to vote. As you can see in pic below Xperia Z1 is at present far behind from Nokia 1520.

Xperia Z1 vs Nokia 1520 – Vote Here

Xperia Z1 vs Nokia 1520 - Vote Now

Xperia SP vs LG Nexus 5 – Vote Now

Click on below link to go to GsmArena website and vote for Xperia SP by clicking the link below and click on Xperia SP name listed to vote. At present Xperia SP is also too far from winning just like Xperia Z1.

Xperia SP vs LG Nexus 5 – Vote Here

Xperia SP vs LG Nexus 5 - Vote Here

Less than 3 days are left now to vote for Xperia Z1 and Xperia SP as voting ends on December 30, Monday, 10:01 GMT exactly. So we ask all our reader to vote now and let other knows in Xperia community to vote now.

Share and help Xperia SP and Xperia Z1 to win this battle of GsmArena Smartphone Champions League 2013 🙂

Xperia SP android 4.3 12.1.A.0.252 firmware screenshot Leaked – Test Build or Fake ?

A few moment ago we posted that PTCRB has certified Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware officially now and just now a tipster sent us an alleged screenshot from the Xperia SP android 4.3 12.1.A.0.252 firmware. 12.1.A.0.252 firmware is just point number short of official 12.1.A.0.253 firmware certified.

Nothing can be said yet whether the screenshot is real or a fake one as 12.1.A.0.253 firmware is about to comes as Android 4.3 on Xperia SP very soon and this leaked screenshot must be from previous builds in testing, if it is legit it must be from test build from previous firmware.

UPDATE – 9 Dec ]

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked – New White UI, Sony Smart Camera App and Xperia Themes

[ UPDATE – 8 Dec ]

New Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Certified for Xperia SP again

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware Certified by PTCRB

Xperia SP android 4.3 12.1.A.0.252 firmware screenshot – About Phone

Xperia SP android 4.3 12.1.A.0.252 firmware screenshot - About Phone

At present nothing can be clearly said whether the above screenshot is real or a fake one. One thing is clear that Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware is about to comes very soon on Xperia SP as it has been certified already.

We will keep you posted as soon as Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware starts rolling on Xperia SP globally.

[ via – XDA ] Thanks Ben 🙂

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware Certified by PTCRB

As promised by Sony, android 4.3 firmware update has already been rolled on Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra a week ago and yesterday we saw android 4.3 party arriving on Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z. Now as per Sony’s post Xperia SP, T, TX and V are left behind with android 4.3 update which will receive directly from android 4.1.2 update.

Just now we spotted Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware certified for Xperia SP C5302, C5303 and C5306 on PTCRb website. As per the date of certification it should come by the end of year 2013 or in early starting of year 2014 hopefully. Check the certification of Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware.

UPDATE – 9 Dec ]

Xperia SP Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Screenshots Leaked – New White UI, Sony Smart Camera App and Xperia Themes

UPDATE – 8 Dec ]

New Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.256 firmware Certified for Xperia SP again

Xperia SP 5302, C5303 and C5306 Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware Certified 

Xperia SP 5302, C5303 and C5306 Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware Certified

At present Xperia SP is on android 4.1.2 12.0.A.2.254 firmware which is suffering from many bugs like poor camera quality, poor memory management, reboot issue, touchscreen unresponsive issues.

Android 4.3 12.1.A.0.253 firmware on Xperia SP will bring the same “White UI, New Xperia Themes and Sony’s Smart Camera app” just like what Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z saw last night.

Are you excited Xperia SP users, finally android 4.3 is coming on your beloved device…Do let us know which bugs you are facing on present android 4.1.2 firmware on Xperia SP.