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#1 kiddingguy

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 13:19

According to the Sony Mobile Xperia Sola webpage, the ICS - 4.0 - update is out since Q3 2012.
However, when searching the internet - and the Sony Mobile forums - only a few seem to have downloaded it. (so that leaves me with the question that it's either not popular or Sony may have pulled it back for whatever reason or maybe there is another explanation for it).

I, myself, am also unable to update to ICS.

So basically my question here is.... if you own an Xperia Sola, do you happen to have downloaded the ICS yet?


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 13:31

It entirely depends on the carrier whether or not the update is available. Sony may certainly have released it, but it does not mean your carrier has. The quickest and easiest way to check is through Sony's PC Companion. If it tells you there's no update, then your carrier most likely hasn't released it.

If you're adamant about getting it, you could try the XDA forums for the Sola.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 13:43

I have the Sola and I got the update a week or so after it was announced by Sony, there has been an additional update to it as well.

I had no idea it might depend on your carrier if you'd get the update or not, guess i had a bit of luck then :s
What carrier do you have?

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 14:50

I bought it retail, so no carrier specific.
I might check with Sony if they might release the update to me or whether they support the XDA one?

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 15:08

I noticed something strange.

I live in The Netherlands, and Sony Mobile NL lists as lastest version of Sola 6.0.B.3.162,
while Sony Mobile UK has 6.1.1.B.1.54

And I have installed 6.0.B.3.184

Can it be a country- update roll out - thingy??

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 15:12

I noticed something strange.

I live in The Netherlands, and Sony Mobile NL lists as lastest version of Sola 6.0.B.3.162,
while Sony Mobile UK has 6.1.1.B.1.54

And I have installed 6.0.B.3.184

Can it be a country- update roll out - thingy??


Yes, as well as carrier specific. You said you bought it retail, did you buy it debranded? Who did you purchase it from? Sometimes carriers may sell phones retail, but they're still branded. Anyway, chances are it hasn't been released in your country. As I mentioned earlier, you can either wait for it to be released officially, or hit up XDA.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 15:23

I bought it in a hard-software webstore (like amazon but like a Dutch version of it).
I guess it hasn't been released in my country yet.
Gotta say... quite late rollout (4-5 months later since offcial Sony posting).

How are things working at XDA.
Do I have to root the device? Or can I just update via some sort of update file?

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 15:33

I bought it in a hard-software webstore (like amazon but like a Dutch version of it).
I guess it hasn't been released in my country yet.
Gotta say... quite late rollout (4-5 months later since offcial Sony posting).

How are things working at XDA.
Do I have to root the device? Or can I just update via some sort of update file?


All the information you'll need with full instructions are there. Just read as much as you possibly can before doing anything and follow instructions to the letter. Don't be afraid to ask questions (in the correct areas). Take a look around the custom ROM area while you're at it as well :) I took a quick peek and there are a few decent ROMs in the development area.

Keep in mind you don't have to do any of those things, you can simply wait for the update to roll out officially. However, if you want the most out of your hardware....I'd take a look at XDA. You'll look at your phone in a whole new light ;)

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 15:39

All the information you'll need with full instructions are there. Just read as much as you possibly can before doing anything and follow instructions to the letter. Don't be afraid to ask questions (in the correct areas). Take a look around the custom ROM area while you're at it as well :) I took a quick peek and there are a few decent ROMs in the development area.

Keep in mind you don't have to do any of those things, you can simply wait for the update to roll out officially. However, if you want the most out of your hardware....I'd take a look at XDA. You'll look at your phone in a whole new light ;)


Thx. I'll look around.
Though I'm kinda reserved as to update via XDA, since this is a company phone.
And what if it bricks or doesn't (stock) work...?

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 15:48

Thx. I'll look around.
Though I'm kinda reserved as to update via XDA, since this is a company phone.
And what if it bricks or doesn't (stock) work...?


It's up to you really. However, with a bit of research you'll find it's fairly difficult to brick a phone anymore. It does still happen, but there are a ton of tools that help prevent those sort of things from happening. 9 times out of 10 someone who believes their phone is "bricked" hasn't even truly bricked their phone.

I'm fairly well versed and could give you a handful of reasons I'd recommend rooting, unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery and eventually a custom ROM...but XDA is truly one of the best places (if not the best) to get whatever information you want for your Android phone :)

I'll give you a little nudge to help you out:

Recover from SOFT brick (2012 Xperia's)

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 16:01

(...)

I'll give you a little nudge to help you out:

Recover from SOFT brick (2012 Xperia's)

Q&A Thread

Getting Started: Rooting, Bootloader, Unlocking, Recovery, Custom ROM and More


Thx. Will dive into it.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 20:10

So after 8 months still no official update.
What can we do to kinda "force" Sony to listen to its customers and release this update asap?

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 20:28

What I am wondering: are there people who have received this ICS via the legit way or Sony Update?

So NOT via xda or another way....



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