Sony Mobile launches Flash Tool for Xperia smartphones; currently in beta [Video]

by XB on 6th December 2012

in Firmware, Tips & Tricks, Videos

Most people who own Sony Xperia handsets and like to install custom ROMs will be very familiar with Flashtool, a piece of software created by the wizards over at xda-developers to flash Xperia devices. It is invaluable to those who have unlocked their bootloader, as it is the only way you can update your handset once the bootloader is unlocked. Trying to update your phone through PC Companion, the Sony Mobile Update Service or OTA can run the risk of bricking your phone.

Well it looks like, Sony Mobile is continuing on its quest to be developer friendly. It has today launched a beta version of its own flash tool. The software will allow you to stick standard Sony Mobile software on an Xperia phone that has its bootloader unlocked. The beta can be downloaded today (see the link below), but will only support a small number of phones initially.

Three phones are currently supported (Xperia S, Xperia arc and Xperia arc S), but we expect more phones to be added as the beta progresses. In addition, only one software version is available for each supported phone right now, but this will expand over time. Sounds like a great move by Sony and we look forward to testing this new software shortly.

Download Flash tool for Xperia devices
Instructions for Flash tool for Xperia devices

Via Sony Developer World.

  • superb!

  • APai

    excellent! cheers to sony!

  • xps

    What would the chances be that this tool would let me unlock my locked boot loader ? Xperia s

  • thewalker

    nice one for SONY ;)

  • Paul Surgenor

    Hopefully this comes just in time for Sony to allow us to flash a beta/pre-release of JB? :)

  • Will this replace update service or pc companion? Or is it meant only for devs?

  • “In the unzipped folder, run Emma.exe. ”
    So this they just opened up the internal Emma tool, without the prototype firmwares?

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  • which version is xperia s from the video use? :o

  • Robert Caldecott

    Love how the firmware version displayed is Gingerbread. The mighty .62 release!

  • Hannad Ahmed

    Now that’s some Sony Quality, they make and I believe.

  • lovebmw

    i can’t believe my eyes… if you can’t beat them join them :D

  • metcarded

    Good Job Sony . Loving the XS and looking forward to the Odin.

  • Ambroos

    This software is a login-less version of EMMA with a limited set of firmwares by the way :)

  • acey_zero

    Wow, I love the hardware of the Note II, but Sony makes me want to support them so bad…

    If samsung doesn’t deliver good Exynos source on the 19th like they promised I may return my note and wait for the Sony V.

  • Fraulein

    Yes, it looks exactly like Emma. But what firmwares are available depends on your login, so I guess this comes with some pre-configured login.

  • Fraulein

    It’s not meant to replace any consumer software. Devs is short for developers, and it’s not meant for them either. This will just install generic software on bootloader unlocked phones.

  • Rune Christiansen

    Well, I guess it’s Xperia for me once again. The XV has also already dropped in price(retail) twice; 4.069 DKK (Bilka).

  • The Truth Must Be Said

    It’s like Samsung’s Odin. very good Sony
    Retarted step but better late than never.

  • Fraulein

    As far as I know, Samsung has never released Odin, it was leaked.

  • DragonClaw

    No wonder Sony is the xda OEM of the year. It’s the only brand which blends very perfectly with the very spirit of Android. Open to the developer community.

  • Herman

    Could this be the first step of Sony to guide people to the (hopefully) upcoming AOSP Jelly Bean “nexus-like” firmware for the Xperia S?
    I certainly hope so…

  • Fraulein

    No, it’s not meant for that. Look here:

  • Fraulein

    Why calling it XV? If anything it’s just more confusing than just saying V.

  • I wish they would support Linux :(

  • Guest

    Probably more like Kies?

  • ThilinaC

    So they just opened EMMA to public with the name of flashtoo with most of its functions stripped i guess,good step sony :good:

    btw this does reminds me odin

  • Great job Sony!

  • Kies is like PC Companion or SEUS.

  • Xlash Andraid

    No, Kies is a waaaaay worse, the worst app ever.

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  • Mehdi Solamannejad

    They actually do. They are a gold member of the foundation.

  • Benedict Chong

    Excellent, Sony really takes the interest of End User to heart compared to other brands and you have to accept what they make. This is Sony – Make. Believe!

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  • DJMashup

    Why are you people acting like this is the best thing since sliced bread !!! It’s nothing more than a repackaged SE Updater Tool. If it detects the latest firmware then what is the point? I’ll just stick to FlashTool and flash any ROM or Kernel or Apk.

  • Hehehe. I cant update my Galaxy Tab 10.1 via Kies and Odin resolve my problem.

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  • And just for Windows … :(



  • they should atleast make it available to all 2011 xperia phones especially the forgotten high-end and high expectation Xperia PLAY becoz they all kick out to get JB only custom rom are available for us now to experience JB.

  • hope it can support xperia ray

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  • WhoDaresWins4Ever

    Tested! Reverted back to GB 2.3.4 (from ics) on my arc s. Works so much better now..

  • sevemas

    It ask for a login, I register but still waiting for the email confirmation :-(

  • It’s just like EMMA just for unlocked bootloaders

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  • orablue

    Excellent! Thank you Sony! This is one of the many reasons I chose Sony

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  • Ashua

    Hopefully around next year if Sony is able to make this Flashtool successful and finish the beta imagine if people are able to update their old phones quickly from ICS to Jelly Bean and hopefully Key Lime pie so that way most people complaining on this blog about the Jelly bean update can keep quiet and get what they desperately want !

  • P9

    for me, the same. love Sony. :)

  • Topper

    How to make new registration?
    Confirmation email never comes ?

  • Nabil

    I got the same problem

  • email confirmation is not coming anybody have any ideas

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  • fernando

    where is my confirmation email, sony??

  • shen

    I can,t do anything because my phone already dead now….and even it,s unable to go to boot loader…..what can I do??

  • benlaw88

    wheres my confirmation email?????????

  • benlaw88

    wheres my confirmation email?????????

  • Stancescu Bogdan

    hy people i have like i problem i make i new user pass id and all theat and wene i want to log ine dosent work way?

  • Stancescu Bogdan

    hy all got i problem tring to og in ..i complet all the log and all that and wene i put me id and pass don;t waa work way??

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  • hamza

    i have an xperia x 10 mini and it’s dead and it won’t charge up and my computer do not detect it how can i flash it?

  • Shubham Mutreja

    same here too!!!!

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