Sony Mobile releases flash tool for its Xperia devices

by: Varun RajDecember 6, 2012

If you own a Sony Xperia device and are into hacking then you will definitely be familiar with Flashtool, an app for Sony’s Android devices that allows users to install custom ROMs. Flashtool is really important for users when it comes to running custom ROMs, but the only problem with it is that it won’t let users safely install official Sony Android firmware on Xperia devices that have an unlocked bootloader.

It looks like that is going to change very soon, as Sony has released the beta version of its own flash tool, proving once again that it really wants to be a developer-friendly company. Sony’s flash tool will allow users to install Sony Mobile software on their Xperia phones even when their devices’ bootloader is unlocked.

The beta version of the app is now available for download. Initially Sony Mobile’s flash tool will only support three devices including the Xperia S, Xperia Arc S, and Xperia Arc. If your phone is not supported then don’t worry, as the software is still in beta and Sony will definitely add more devices in the coming updates. Sony Mobile notes on its official blog that at this moment one software version for each supported phone is available but the company plans to offer a selection of software versions for each device and allow users to choose between GB and ICS releases.

If you have a Sony Xperia device and want to give this flash tool a try, you can do so right away as the app is available as a free download.

  • aj

    i couldn’t understand d post
    sony has developed their own flash tool or dey hav developed a tool letting d developer community develop a flash tool?

    • MasterMuffin

      Own Flash Tool

  • Bish Fora

    this is called going the extra mile. Yes for sure, for legal and financial reason if you flash your device and unlock bootloader the warranty is voided but doesn’t necessarily mean your device has to get a “Dis-Owned” status. and Sony is proving to be the OEM that has come a long way in supporting their Devices, I love my Sony devices

  • good move Sony!

  • MasterMuffin

    Nice, too bad that Samsung doesn’t do the same!

    • xoj_21

      not sure if joking, samsung released odin years ago

      • MasterMuffin

        Oh sorry, I’m not familiar with odin, I use heimdall :)
        Have you ever wondered why they have names from Norse mythology? :))

  • mjolnirxz

    good guy sony! other oem should take a hint!

  • Next device (after my Note 2 I just bought and getting on Sunday :D) will probably be Sony if they will have something good.
    For now, they are a bit behind with the hardware, but they are getting better!