Sony Xperia SP Can Have Android 6.0 Marshmallow Unofficially

Posted by Staff Reporter (media@realtytoday.com) on Nov 08, 2015 11:56 PM EST
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A not so good news has arrived to Sony Xperia SP users recently, that the unit will not be receiving the latest Android version from Google, or the Marshmallow. However, users can still have their unit loaded with the Marshmallow, through CyanogenMod 13, a third-party Custom ROM.

The CyanogenMod 13 was created for the variants of the Xperia SP that were released internationally. Users are reminded to read and prepare everything first before doing the actual update, as reported by iDigitalTimes.

  • Verify first that the phone is internationally released by going to Settings, then About Phone.

  • Ensure that the phone has enough battery charge. This is to prevent the phone from shutting down during the update process. There should be at least an 80 percent battery charge.

  • As always, back-up the phone's data before doing any update. One needs to use a custom recovery tool to do the back-up such as the ClockWorkMod or TWRP. These apps can create a whole image of the phone's content.

  • Ensure that the Sony Xperia SP USB driver is installed on the computer that will be used.

  • The USB Debugging mode must be turned on. For Android 4.0 and above, Settings > Developer Options. For Android 2.3 or earlier Settings > Applications > Development.

  • The Sony Xperia SP should be rooted and the boot loaded must be unlocked. Use CWM or TWRP, if necessary.

Also, please be reminded again that this update is not an official update. Users are reminded that there are risks involved and the update may put your phone in an unusable state. The CyanogenMod 13 is available at Basketbuild, as reported by the IBTimes.

The Sony Xperia SP originally came with an Android 4.1 Jellybean and was released back in 2013. It offers a screen size of 4.6-inches, which gives a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. It is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass. It also supports 10-finger multi-touch and is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 8960T Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset.

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