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Xperia T gets custom Jelly Bean ROM

Sony delivers Android update aimed at developers


Published: 30 January, 2013

READ MORE: US | Sony Corp | OS | Android

Sony has yet to deliver the full version Android 4.1 to its flagship Xperia T, aka the "Bond Phone", but this week has seen it release a custom ROM aimed only at developers. The alpha build was released at the request of the Android developer community though the announcement of its release makes it clear that it has its limitations.

In addition to the early version of the OS update Sony is also releasing the open source archive as another way to get feedback from the custom ROM community. It is stressed that the update is recommended only for those who really know what they're doing and that key features such as the ability to make phone calls are not available.

The look of the UI has yet to be finalised and there are no Google-apps pre-installed so it's really only good for developers to test their apps on. There are also several legal issues to be aware of before attempting to install it and Sony warns that unlocking a device using a bootloader will make it impossible to install the final version of the OS on the handset.

While any advanced users who are interested can flash the ROM onto their devices it's not fully featured and not recommended for use by regular users, or for them to attempt to install it. However Sony did recently reveal its public Jelly Bean update plans and the Xperia T will be among the first of its devices to receive it. Along with the Xperia TX and V it's set to be getting the update at some point in February or March.

Following on from those devices the Xperia P, J and go will be upgraded from the end of March, the Xperia S, SL, ion and acro S not long after. Unfortunately it has been confirmed that Xperia U, miro, tipo and sola will not get the update.

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