Sony Ericsson users can now rejoice as over the next few days we will see on how you can get the taste of the latest Cyanogen Mod’s latest release of custom ROM version 7.1 to your devices. Starting with the latest Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, today we will see on how to update with the same. Over a period of this article we will see on what are the things you need to be watchful about or else there is a high probability that you mat even end up bricking up the phone.
There are many users who complain about unsuccessful updation of the device, but it’s practically highly impossible to brick your device. So, it’s a humble request from us to you that kindly follow every single instruction. The best part of this update is that anyone with their Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray device can follow this procedure, the only condition being is that you cannot apply this update on the devices which are network locked or say contract phones. This cyanogen mod 7.1 ropes in the latest version of Gingerbread 2.3.7 firmware and also not to forget a host of other functionalities which will not only make your device faster but also will make a super smart phone. For all those who doesn’t know on what is a Cyanogen Mod then its basically nothing but a Custom ROM developed by Team Cyanogen.
Disclaimer: At Android Advices, we have made sure in all respects that all the information regarding the firmware update is mentioned correctly in this article. We hold no responsibility in any manner just in case if any damage happens to your Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions carefully.
Be informed that, applying this firmware will void the warranty and once the device is rooted then the warranty gets void. Also, just in case if your device is rooted then too you can directly apply this update. It’s not necessary that the device needs to be rooted before following this process as we will see in the due course of this article on how to root too.
We have splitted up the article into three different sections, Pre firmware update instructions, steps to unlock the boot loader and then followed by the procedure to apply Cyanogen Mod 7.1 Firmware on Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray.
Quick Pre Firmware Update instructions:
- Very important thing is that you need to create a backup of all the data which is there in your phone memory as this data may get lost or corrupted in the process of firmware update. With the help of below mentioned links you can easily backup and restore the data which is there in your Xperia Arc.
Notes – Backup in the mail so that you can then restore manually
SMS Messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts Stored in Phone Memory – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore
Videos, Images, Videos & Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names”
- All the firewall tools, antivirus tools and also the PC Suites should be completely closed in the computer so that these tools doesn’t interrupt the process of firmware update. Please ensure that the USB Debugging is enabled in the phone which can be done from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging”.
- Last but not the least, you need to ensure that the phone is left with the charge of minimum 60% so as to ensure that
Special Instructions to users on Custom ROMs:
If you are on any of the custom ROMs then you need to ensure that you have disabled all the add on tools if you have installed any.
So, now let’s proceed to the next page where we will see on how you can unlock the boot loader in your Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray.