Sony has made Android 8.0 Oreo available for the various Xperia devices. Google released Android 8.0 back in August 2017, and 8.1 in December. Many phones are already getting the Oreo update, and Sony is one of them at the top.
Moreover, Sony is the first OEM to release Android 8.0 Oreo other than Google starting with Xperia ZX Premium.
Sony holds the good record for caring their old devices with the latest firmware updates. Here we have the list of all devices that Sony made Android 8.0 Oreo available with download links and tutorial.
With this Sony Android 8.0 Update, they bring much more improvement in performance reliability, stability, bug fixes, and new Oreo-based features.
Firmware Details: Android 8.0 Oreo for Sony Xperia Devices
Android 8.0 Oreo comes with tons of new features which increase performance reliability and security. Some of the main Oreo features are listed below! We hope you would love it using on your Sony Xperia Devices.
New app notifications
Auto-fill (like in Chrome)
Better copy and paste
Faster Android behind the scenes
Big ole battery boost
Keep tabs on app security in Google Play store
Android Easter Egg and emoji
High-performance Bluetooth audio
We hope you love Android 8.0 Oreo Official Firmware for Sony. Certainly, we love it too, but before you look forward to installing it on your phone, kindly go through the important information mentioned below before jumping on to start the tutorial.
One main reason, people, encounter problems while flashing firmware on their device is due to not installing correct USB drivers on their PC.
Make sure you have correctly installed Sony PC Companion tool on your computer. If not, please download it from our USB Driver Section below and install it correctly. Otherwise, your computer will not be able to detect your device.
We don’t want you to lose any data, or anything could go wrong unexpectedly. Before starting the tutorial, we strongly recommend you to make a full backup of your existing regional/carrier firmware. If possible, take a Backup via Sony Xperia Companion on your computer, or you can try out some of the hand-picked Android Backup Apps to secure your data quickly.
Points to keep in mind
Make sure your phone has at least 80 – 85% charge. If not, please do charge it before starting the experiment.
This tutorial will WIPE OUT all your DATA. Make sure to create a Backup of everything before starting the tutorial.
You need to perform a Dalvik Cache wipe in recovery mode before installing the ROM.
You need to enable USB Debugging mode to connect your Android phone to computer. (Settings > About Phone > Build number > Tap it 7 times to become developer; Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging).
This guide is based on the Flashtool to install Android 8.0 Oreo on Xperia. So, before attempting the tutorial, make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest Flashtool [version 0.9.22.3 or above] software on your computer.
How to install Android 8.0 Oreo on Xperia via Flashtool
We have mentioned full step-by-step instructions on How to Install Android 8.0 Oreo Official Firmware on Xperia. If you are entirely new to rooting, flashing a Custom ROM or an Official Firmware, please read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.
TUTORIAL: (Step by Step Guide)
Step 1: You need to ensure that you have correctly installed all the driver on your computer for your Xperia. Make sure to download Sony PC Companion from the above-given link.
[Ensure that you have connected your device to your computer before starting the downloading process of USB and ADB drivers.]
Step 2: Install Flashtool driver from the following location:
Check the “Flashmode Drivers” and “Fastboot Drivers” to install.
NOTE: If you are on Windows 8/8.1/10, please follow the steps below:
Press Windows key + R together and in the “Run” box, type “shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 00“.
Now, make the following selection to boot into Startup setting screen: Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Start Up Settings > Restart.
After that, when the computer reboots, choose number 7 (i.e. “Disable driver signature enforcement”). Your computer will start with Driver signing enforcement disabled until the next restart.
Now, you can install the Flashtool drivers on your computer.
Windows may show a warning message that “Driver is not signed”. Ignore that message and confirm the installation. Once the installation is complete, reboot your PC.
Step 3: On your phone, enable “Unknown Source” in the setting.
Navigate to Setting > Security.
Check the option “Unknown sources.”
Tap OK on the prompt message.
Step 4: You need to copy the FTF Firmware file to the following location on your computer:
“C:\Users\[Your PC Name]\.flashTool\firmwares”
It should be like this:
Step 5: Open Flashtool software on your computer, and Click on the lightning bolt on the top left of the Flashtool as highlighted in the image below:
Select “Flashboot” and click “OK.”
You should be already in the folder where the source file is located. If not, please navigate to the following location:
“C:\Users\[Your PC Name]\.flashTool\firmwares”
Step 6: From the firmware panel, select the firmware build version that you want to flash on your Xperia.
Make sure Device variant is same as the model number of your phone.
Step 7: Click on “Flash” button. Flashtool will show an INFO: “preparing files for flashing,” on the log panel.
You need to wait for 60 seconds for the “Wait for Flashmode” pop-up to appear. Once it does, connect your Xperia device to the computer via USB cable.
Press and hold “Volume down” button while connecting the USB cable.
The pop-up will get disappeared, flashtool will then start installing Android 8.0 Oreo on your device. You can let go of the ‘volume down’ button.
Once you see “flashing finished” in the INFO message as shown in the image below, your Sony Xperia device has been successfully updated to the latest Android 8.0 Oreo Official Firmware.
Step 8: Now, unplug your device and reboot.
Wait a while, and your phone may take up to 10 minutes to boot for the first time.
Hurray! Your Sony Xperia device should have got Official Android 8.0 Oreo installed by now. Go to Settings > About phone to verify.
If you encounter any problem, please comment below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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