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Xperia V still suffering from Sleep of Death bug

An increasing number of Xperia V users have been complaining about a Sleep of Death bug occurring on their handsets. Unfortunately there's still no sign of a solution from Sony.
January 25, 2013
Sony Xperia V

An increasing number of Xperia V users have been complaining about a so called “Sleep of Death” bug recently, which has been plaguing their handsets for over a month. One of the threads about the issue over on the official Sony Mobile forum has now reached over 100 comments and more than 15,000 page views, so it appears to be a pretty common problem.

The Sleep of Death issue occurs when a handset fails to wake up once it goes into standby mode, requiring users to restart their phone by taking the battery out before they can regain functionality.

Irritatingly for Sony Xperia V customers, Sony has known about the issue since early December, just shortly after the phone first went on sale. But as of yet they have failed to release a fix for the issue, and have remained relatively silent about the problem.

Sony developers have stated that they are investigating the issue with a “high priority” and that they will let users know if they discover a fix or any useful information, but that was on the 10th January and there has been no further official communication about the bug. The only advice offered by Sony so far is to boot the handset into safe mode to avoid the issue, but users have been reporting that this doesn’t help.

If anyone is currently experiencing the SoD bug or has come across a similar problem on a different handset, let us know if there’s a way to help limit the occurrence of the bug until Sony can fix the issue.