Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III Updated to Stable Android 12 Firmware [Guide]

Sony finally joined the Android 12 launch party for its smart devices! The Japanese company began yesterday to send the latest Android system with a stable version of its latest flagships, the Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. If you are following, we previously shared the list of Sony phones eligible for Android 12 . Now, the official update is available for both versions of the company’s latest phones, and you can download and install the official update on your phone now.

Sony Xperia 1 III & 5 III (Android 12)

If you do not know, the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III are the latest devices from the Japanese company that have been in the leading category not long ago. And if you look at the list of the company’s phones that are expected to receive the latest Android 12, you will find that it is not big, unfortunately, so often these new updates are coming to these phones without errors or stability problems, since they have an experience as close as possible to stock Android.

The Android 12 update for the Sony phones mentioned above came for both of them with the version number 61.1.A.1.149. Since we are talking here about a major update to the OS as well as the user interface “even if it is similar to the stock Android OS without customizations”, it is still a new version of it, so expect the update to be big, and therefore you will need before downloading it to make sure that you have a stable Internet connection with has a suitable speed to avoid any interruptions while updating the phone.

So, What’s new?!

Sony Android 12

As for talking about the new features and what you will get after updating the Xperia 1 III as well as the Xperia 5 III to Android 12, first you will get the “penultimate” December 2021 security patch. As for the other things, so far we don’t have the official changelog of the upcoming features, but you are nevertheless expected to get all the new features of the latest operating system such as the new widgets system on the home screen and lock screen, icons and settings look in Material You design language, as well as the improved settings for managing privacy and security options.

How to download and install the update manually

The stable Android 12 update for both phones has started arriving since yesterday for users in Russia, and soon it will be available for download and installation via OTA channels in the rest of the world. As we are used to with such major updates to the operating system, companies usually release them in batches to geographical regions in turn and not to all users at the same time, so expect it to arrive on your phone if you are a user of one of them during the next few period. And if you’re currently in Russia, then check for a new update in Settings.

On the other hand, you can download Android 12 for Sony phones as well as install it “manually” using XperiFirm tool, and you will find a detailed explanation with pictures of using the tool there.

And remember, before you take any steps, make sure that the phone battery contains at least 60% of the remaining power, 5GB off free storage memory, with a stable Internet connection and a speed suitable for downloading big files.

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