As you know, Sony is preparing an OTA update for the Xperia V. No, the update will not bring Android 4.4 KitKat OS to your phone, as the firmware is still based on Jelly Bean system with the final version of the same, Android 4.3. Now, even though the official update hasn’t been yet rolled out, a leaked version of the same, dubbed as 9.2.A.1.131, has been already leaked. So, during the present step by step guide I will show you how to install the leaked Android 4.3 9.2.A.1.131 firmware on your Sony Xperia V.
This update is based on the official one which will soon be made OTA available. But, since this is only the leaked version of the same, the 9.2.A.1.131 firmware is brought to us in a form of a custom ROM. Therefore, this Android 4.3 firmware is not quite all official as you will need a Sony Xperia V with an unlocked bootloader in order to apply the same. Furthermore, the software has been developed and now offered by those of xda-developers, so we have them to thanks for this tutorial.
Don’t worry though as even though the 9.2.A.1.131 is a custom ROM, you will still flash the stock Android 4.3 OS on your Xperia V. As strange as this might sound, that is what is happening with this leaked update. Besides, the leaked Android 4.3 9.2.A.1.131 software is stable, comes without bugs or issues and it will smoothly run on your Android device. So, you actually have no reasons for aborting this guide, or for waiting for the OTA release to be made available (the OTA roll out is usually offered in phases or gradually so not all the Xperia V users will receive the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS at the same time).
Other than that, 9.2.A.1.131 is bringing all the stock Android 4.3 features, apps and capabilities. Also, this ROM has been optimized especially for your Sony Xperia V, so you device will run faster, smoother and also better. You will enjoy a better web browsing experience, a redesigned and improved Android user interface and great apps and programs developed only for improving your smartphone and its battery life. As already stated, you do have all the reasons for trying or testing this firmware.
Also, as already mentioned, in order to complete this step by step guide, you will first have to unlock the bootloader of your Sony Xperia V. It is important to do that as else you won’t be able to do anything else. So, unlock the bootloader by using our suitable tutorial – just use the link from above. Do remember that unlocking the bootloader represents an unofficial operation and by completing the same the warranty of your smartphone will get void. For the future, the warranty can be restored only when relocking the bootloader – just downgrade or update your device to stock or official Android OS.
After unlocking the bootloder, install the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery on your Xperia V. The leaked Android 4.3 firmware can be flashed only by using one of the mentioned apps and not by using the stock recovery that comes preinstalled on all the Android devices. Do note that a custom recovery can be applied only on an unlocked bootloader so deal with that first.
Another thing that must be performed before heading to the proper installation procedure is a backup. You see, a wipe will be required on your way to update your Xperia V with 9.2.A.1.131 Android 4.3 OS. So, when wiping the system, your data will be erased, or your info will get corrupted. That’s why, if you have something important saved on the internal storage memory of your phone, the best will be to backup your data by using suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play.
After taking care of your personal info, data and accounts you need to make sure that you can use a computer, your smartphone and its official USB cord. On both computer and handset you have to deactivate the antivirus, antimalware and Firewall protection, as these programs might interfere with our work. Furthermore on your phone go to “menu – settings – developer options” and enable the USB debugging option – do that because you will have to connect your device with your computer. Then, if your handset has less than 60% power left, before going any further charge your smartphone by plugging in the charger. Finally, apply this step by step guide only if you own the Sony Xperia V device since the leaked Android 4.3 9.2.A.1.131 firmware is compatible only with the same.
- Download the update file from here and place the same on your computer.
- Unzip the firmware file on desktop.
- Then, connect your phone with the computer.
- Establish the connection by plugging in the USB cable.
- Up next, transfer the update file from computer on your phone’s SD card.
- Remove the USB cord as the computer is no longer useful.
- Turn off your Xperia V.
- Enter your Android device in recovery mode.
- From recovery wipe the system and clear cache.
- Do that by selecting “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery.
- From there select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the leaked Android 4.3 9.2.A.1.131 firmware and install the same on your phone.
- In the end return to recovery and select “reboot system now”.
Congratulations, you have updated your Sony Xperia V to leaked 9.2.A.1.131 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. So that was all for today; do share your experience with us and with the users who might want to use this dedicated step by step guide for updating their Xperia V to Android 4.3.