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[Tool] Official flash tool for unlocked Xperia devices (beta)

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By KalleD, Sony Mobile Developer on 6th December 2012, 12:57 PM
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Hi devs,

Today we have released a beta version of our new flash tool for Xperia devices. With this tool, you can flash standard Sony software on you Xperia™ smartphone with an unlocked boot loader. This is the first time we provide a way to go from a custom ROM to a Sony software, for those of you who would like that. Note that the boot loader still stays unlocked, and just like before the warranty may still be voided.

Since this is a beta version, only a limited number of phone models and software versions are supported to start with, but we plan to add support for more models going forward.

We are really eager to hear what you think about this initiative. Is this a useful service? And what phone models and software would you like to see support for in the future? Please share your opinion in this thread!

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/Karl-Johan “Kalle” Dahlström
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6th December 2012, 02:08 PM |#2  
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A big and great step. hope other manufacturers learn something from this.
these are the reasons why I never bought a single phone other than Sony Ericsson, There was always a lot to mod/customize even in feature phones
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6th December 2012, 02:44 PM |#3  
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How to get this to work if you unlocked the Bootloader using Testpoint Method?

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6th December 2012, 02:44 PM |#4  
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How is this different to the original Flashtool, SEUS or PC Companion? I'd much prefer to see Sony provide an easier way to root a stock ROM than another form of what's already available.

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6th December 2012, 02:57 PM |#5  
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I don't own any Sony phone (read this on Swedroid) but it should be possible to get the bootloader locked again...
6th December 2012, 04:16 PM |#6  
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Wow thats cool....eventhough im using stock rom right now, but this tool can make me safe if anything gone pissoff on my custom rom... Now i can install other rom without worrying cannot get stock rom officialy back....waiting for my devices to be available soon
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How is this different to the original Flashtool, SEUS or PC Companion? I'd much prefer to see Sony provide an easier way to root a stock ROM than another form of what's already available.

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It looks like "flashtool" on XDA requires you to have a firmware package. This sony "flash tool" will download the firmware for you. (This is the disadvantage of using such generic software names. ) It looks kind of similar to Samsung Kies, except unlike Kies, it's specifically able to return a modified device to stock, whereas Kies becomes useless if the phone has had any changes made from stock firmware (even, in the case of the Infuse, if Samsung pulls an official update due to issue reports - anyone who accepted the pulled update was unable to update to the final version of Gingerbread for a LONG time.)

Not familiar with SEUS or PC Companion - are those officially released to the public, or just "internal" tools that have made their way out (like Samsung Odin)?
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Stripped down Emma, very good.

However, the Developer World domain has old FWs. Hopefully that gets sorted soon!
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6th December 2012, 05:28 PM |#9  
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wow.a very good step.hope you guys will add more device option.
6th December 2012, 05:36 PM |#10  
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Why dont u work together with the original "Flashtool of xda"? They have made a really good and multiplatform tool since 2010, was originaly for the x10 and now is for almost all xperia devices, is a lot of effort and you come here and release almost the same thing. You should provide your server for them, dont take me wrong and please consider it.

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How is this different to the original Flashtool, SEUS or PC Companion? I'd much prefer to see Sony provide an easier way to root a stock ROM than another form of what's already available.

Sent from myushi

It looks like "flashtool" on XDA requires you to have a firmware package. This sony "flash tool" will download the firmware for you. (This is the disadvantage of using such generic software names. ) It looks kind of similar to Samsung Kies, except unlike Kies, it's specifically able to return a modified device to stock, whereas Kies becomes useless if the phone has had any changes made from stock firmware (even, in the case of the Infuse, if Samsung pulls an official update due to issue reports - anyone who accepted the pulled update was unable to update to the final version of Gingerbread for a LONG time.)

Not familiar with SEUS or PC Companion - are those officially released to the public, or just "internal" tools that have made their way out (like Samsung Odin)?

SEUS is sony ericsson update service, now is called SUS (just sony) and PC Companion is the same thing but more featured, they are both official sony product released to public, SUS is just older but both online and working (:

The odin equivalent is EMMA, but is sony internal soft, no public acces chance ^^

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It looks like "flashtool" on XDA requires you to have a firmware package. This sony "flash tool" will download the firmware for you. (This is the disadvantage of using such generic software names. )

I guess something like that will come in handy for some People, but I will just continue to use the generic ftf's and the Flashtool found here on XDA when I need to update.

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Not familiar with SEUS or PC Companion - are those officially released to the public, or just "internal" tools that have made their way out (like Samsung Odin)?

Official software...

Sony Ericsson Update Service

PC Companion

...I suppose Sony on their own requires something new, but SEUS could have been renamed and tweaked a little to accommodate for custom ROMs already being installed.

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