It’s official. Finally Xperia M gets official 4.3 jelly bean update from Sony. As of now, the 15.4.A.0.23 Firmware is only appeared for single SIM variant (C1905) and C1904 phone users have to wait few more hours to grab the update. The firmware testing has already been reported by various carriers such as Vodafone Australia and SFR of France and the users were awaiting to get the official 4.3 update .
15.4.A.0.23 firmware features android 4.3 OS and comes with amazing features for Xperia M. Let’s have a look at what Sony has included in this update:
- Google Android 4.3 (Jellybean), bringing smooth UI and graphics enhancements.
- White settings panel as in Z series.
- Theme support
- New version of Battery STAMINA Mode for longer battery life.
- Updated camera interface bringing Burst Mode, Superior Auto, auto scene selection & More.
- Updated applications from Sony featuring Walkman, Album, Movies & More
- Latest security enhancements from Android 4.3 including stolen tracker, encryption etc.
How to Get Official 4.3 Update on Xperia M (15.4.A.0.23 Firmware)
First of all, you have to check whether you got the update. For this either open update center app and check for notification. In case the OTA didn’t bring up for you, you can try with the PC companion software. Simply connect your phone to computer with Sony PC companion and check for software updates. However, the availability will depend on your region and carrier.
NOTE: If you’re on custom kernel or custom ROM, you have to jump back to stock 4.1.2 firmware to get the update over SUS or OTA. Also, you may re-lock your bootloader before upgrading.
If you can’t bear the waiting pain and want to get the firmware right now, ftf is for you. The ftf (firmware) for 15.4.A.0.23 build is already up and you can flash it via Flash tool. Just download the ftf file from here [link] and copy to the firmware folder of flash tool. Now switch off your phone and open flash tool. Now click on the flash icon and choose flash mode. Connect your phone to computer in flash mode (press and hold volume up and connect to PC). The flash tool will detect the phone and you can follow then as shown below.
It will flash the firmware and you your phone Xperia M will be updated with jelly bean 4.3 15.4.A.0.23 Firmware on start up. The most awaited features like quick settings panel and app to SD moving are not included. I have taken some screen shots from my phone. Have a look.
The old rooting method is not working for this firmware. So, I will be posting a guide to root your Xperia M running on 4.3 15.4.A.0.23 Firmware soon. Let me know your reviews and opinions about this 4.3 update on your Xperia M. Happy update.