The Bond Phone, commonly known as Xperia T, has just received the first official Jelly Bean ROM, which is aimed at developers.Sony Mobile announced a week ago that the Xperia T would be among the first smartphones to receive the long-awaited Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update during February and March.
The Xperia TX and Xperia V will follow soon, so we can expect Sony to release Jelly Bean alpha ROMs for these models as well.
Along with the early alpha ROM for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for Xperia T, Sonly also released the open source archive in order to receive useful feedback from the community.
According to Sony, “this JB alpha ROM is strictly targeting advanced developers, and it will not work for ordinary everyday usage, as it only has a limited set of features working (for example, you cannot make any phone calls).”
It is also worth mentioning that for the time being there are some functions and features that do not work, as well as others that have been turned off. The features listed below are among the features not yet available:
- Google Mobile Services (GMS) apps are not included (for example, Gmail and Google Maps);
- Modem is turned off and therefore the SIM card will not be recognized (this also means you can’t make any phone calls);
- Bluetooth is turned off;
- Wi-Fi is turned off;
- FM-radio is turned off;
- NFC is turned off;
- UI look and feel is not updated to final Sony Jelly Bean software.
Keep in mind that in order to flash this ROM on an unlocked Sony Xperia T, users will need to use the company’s proprietary flash tool, which is available for download here.
For more details on how to download and flash this Jelly Bean early alpha ROM for Xperia T, check out the official announcement.