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Sony Xperia T Jelly Bean Alpha – What You Should Know (Android 4.1)

by Mihai Matei on January 31, 2013

Sony Xperia T Jelly Bean Update – Alpha Version


Those of you who happen to own the Sony Xperia T already know that the handset in question has been launched on the market with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, alongside a promise that the device will eventually be updated to Jelly Bean.

The official roll-out still seems to be far away but the good news is that Xperia T owners can now download and apply an official Jelly Bean alpha ROM on their device. However, there are a few things to consider before you start tinkering with your handset, so join us after the break and find out what you can expect from this release.

Sony Xperia T Jelly Bean Alpha - What You Should Know (Android 4.1)

Sony Xperia T Jelly Bean Alpha - What You Should Know (Android 4.1)

Sony Xperia T Jelly Bean Alpha ROM

As mentioned above, this official alpha release is available for download on Sony’s official website. The manufacturer is also providing the necessary tools in order for you to unlock the bootloader and flash the ROM, but this particular alpha version comes with certain restrictions of which you should be aware.

For starters, WiFi, mobile data, Bluetooth and Google apps do not work on this ROM. In fact, if you decide to apply this alpha release you won’t be able to make phone calls either, so as Sony has explained, this particular release is aimed at adventurous developers and cannot be used on a daily basis.

Last but certainly not least, once you unlock the bootloader and flash this ROM you won’t be able to download and apply the official release once it hits the waves, so you should definitely proceed with caution.


As far as the state of Jelly Bean on the Xperia T goes, things are looking good but there’s still a lot of work to be done. The user interface is not final and it lacks the newer features that have been introduced on the Xperia Z, so there’s not much to be seen.

Nonetheless, this particular release should speed-up the developing process and perhaps we’ll get to see more functional custom ROMs hitting the blogosphere soon. We’ll keep you posted.

Thanks Android Central for the heads-up regarding the Sony Xperia T Jelly Bean alpha release.

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