Update Sony Xperia To Android 5.1

Sony Xperia Update

When Google rolls out an update for Android Lollipop it takes some time for phone manufactures to work the update into their customized versions of Android.

Sony Mobile the maker to the famous Xperia line of Android Smartphones has many different Xperia’s they need to update to the latest Android Version called Lollipop or 5.1.

There are two ways that Sony delivers to the update to the Xperia phone.

Update Method One is OTA (Over the Air)

You can go into your Xperia and find the “Settings” button.

If you scroll down to the bottom you will see it says “About Phone”, click on that.

The top button should read “System Updates”, click it.

It will may say “Your system is up to date”, however you want to look lower down and see if you can find the “Check Now” button.

When you click it, it will check to see if your device has the 5.1 update available.

If you have an update available it will give you the option to “Update Now”.

Update Method Two is PC Companion

Occasionally a notice will appear on the top of your phones status bar that says Sony Xperia Update Available.

When you click it nothing happens!

What you need to do to update your phone is connect it to you laptop or computer.

Then you need to install Sony PC Companion software which you can find here.

Once you install Sony PC Companion you need it to detect your attached phone. Sometimes by disconnecting and connecting your phone to your computer will make it show up in PC companion.

Then follow the instructions in Sony PC companion to install the Update for your Android Xperia.

It may take as long as 30 minutes for your Sony Xperia to receive and install the new Android Update so only do this when you have time to spare and you will not need your phone.

After the update is installed, your phone will reboot. It can take 5 minutes just for your phone to reboot!

Nexus 7 Sound Problem After Android 4.3 Update

Speaker Sound Android 4.3

Like all Android users, I was excited about the new Android 4.3 Jellybean and since I have the Nexus 7 tablet, I was one of the lucky ones who will get to experience it first hand.

The first thing that happened when I updated to 4.3 is that my MX Player for videos stopped working. That was no problem, went into Google Play and updated they has a new update available to work with Android 4.3

The next problem we noticed was using an external speaker for the Nexus 7. When traveling, we like to attach the Nexus 7 to the AUX port of our car stereo so that videos the kids are watching can be heard through the car stereo. For some reason, the sound would not go louder than a whisper.

We initially thought it was a problem with MX Player so we tried installing MOBO Video Player Pro which just crashed and didn’t even start up. We then tried installing VPlayer Video Player which worked but with the same sound problem as before.

Android has a setting that restricts to loudness of music and sound when your phone or tablet is attached to headphones or external speakers. This has to do with government regulations that stipulate how loud a device can play music without blowing out your ear drums! The EU & the USA have different guidelines. Either way, we could not hear anything, the volume kept going back down to 7 and when we raised the volume it did not get any louder.

After browsing many help forums and techie websites we found a solution!!! We added the free app from Google Play called Speaker Boost.

That did the trick and now our device is playing music in our car again!




Update for TMobile Prism from Huawei

Tmobile prism android update

Tmobile offers the Prism and the Prism 2 made by Huawei.

The original prism runs on Android 2.3. The new Prism 2 runs on Android 4.1.1. There is not yet an update to Android 4.2 available on the Prism 2 but here is the method to check for the update.

First Check The Current Software Version

To check the current software version:

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap About phone.
  4. Scroll down to view the Build Number.

Download update

To check for updates and download, follow these steps:

From the Home screen, press Menu.

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap About phone.
  3. Tap System updates.
  4. Download latest update if one is available.

When Tmobile or Huawei release updates to the Prism they roll it out slowly and sometimes it takes a couple of weeks until your phone will show that an update is available.

You can always go to their website and download the update and then install it on your android phone via USB cable.