While we see Sony delivering its promise of Jelly bean update roll out in the first quarter of 2013, the Sony Xperia V LT25i is the next smartphone from Sony to get the official Jelly Bean update with the Xperia T being the previous one. Carrier locked devices are sure to be delayed for obvious reasons but factory unlocked phones can enjoy the stock Jelly bean firmware on their phone. The update brings along firmware version 9.1.A.0.490 and is being pushed out regionally.
To update your Sony Xperia V to Jelly bean, turn on WiFi on your device and go to System Settings>About phone>Software and check for software updates. There should be a notification for you to update your phone. Just download the update and install it.
In case you do not get the update notification, you can update your device manually, thanks to FlashTool.[box_light]This procedure does not void the warranty of your device but wipes out everything restoring your phone to the factory condition. Make sure you read our backup guide before you proceed. Also note that you need device drivers installed on your PC to proceed with the tutorial.[/box_light]
Update Xperia V To Jelly Bean Manually
- After you have downloaded FlashTool from our device drivers page, download the stock firmware FTF files for your respective regions using the links below. If your region is not available, you may download the firmware for some other region because it makes no difference for factory unlocked phones except the bloatware stuffed in.
- Open FlashTool folder and place the downloaded FTF file in firmwares folder.
- Open FlashToo.exe and click on the thunder icon in top left.
- Select Flashmode and click on OK button.
- Select the downloaded ftf file and click on OK button.
- FlashTool will prompt you to connect your device in Flashmode. To do this, turn off your device. Press and hold the Volume Down button while connecting your device to the PC via USB Cable.
- Once your device is connected to the PC, FlashTool will flash the Jelly Bean firmware to your phone.
- When FlashTool says “Finished”, disconnect your device from PC and boot it up.
You should see that your device now runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If you face any issues, feel free to comment below