How To Update / Upgrade Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc To Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread


31.05.2011

How To Update / Upgrade Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc To Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

When we first saw Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc we understood that it’s not just a simple smartphone, and that Sony decided to win the battle with its competitors: a better camera (8MP, with LED flash and autofocus), a image processing technology (Sony Bravia Engine), Timescape UI, etc.

Besides these new features, Sony Bravia Engine comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, HD video recording, 4.2-inches capacitive display… about everything you’d want from a smartphone.

On the outside, Sony Bravia Engine has a microUSB port and a 3.5mm jack, next to a secondary microphone used for noise reduction. The battery of Sony Bravia Engine is decent, well overpassing the 1 day barrier. All these functions recommend Sony Bravia Engine for dynamic persons that always want to stay in touch with their friends and hear the latest news.

Even though Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread some of our readers that own a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc asked us when will their device will join the list of famous smartphones that already received the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update. Our answer: Now. So, if you want to upgrade your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread you came to the right place, as the following tutorial contains informations on how to download and install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

As you probably know, the new firmware versions come with bug fixes, improved features and new functions, and so does Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. We thought that before updating your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread you might want to know what the new firmware version brings once you install it on your device, so here’s a list of the new features of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread for¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc:

  1. One of the big improvements of the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware is the built-in Facebook application Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Once you will upgrade your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread you will notice that now Facebook works a lot more faster with the Timescape UI. The Facebook application for Android was tweaked too, as now it runs faster and looks a lot more easer to use.

  2. Since this was the first time when Sony were using Timescape on Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, there were moments when the UI showed sings of weakness, as sometimes was running quite slow, and even froze for a couple of seconds. But now, with the new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update, the bugs of the Timescape UI were fixed, and now you will be able to feel that smooth Timescape experience on your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

  3. Some other important tweaks on the new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware version are the enhanced touch responsiveness and the improved WiFi stability. Anyway, the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread looks more stable as a whole and the battery life was improved with the new firmware version.

  4. If you were among the users complaining about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc pink spot bug, worry no more as Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update fixes it to. Talking about camera improvements, learn that the new firmware version further improves the pictures quality and zooming level. Once you update your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, you will notice that some advanced tools have been added to the camera application. And if you thought that your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is recording great HD videos, learn that the HD video quality further improves once you install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update.

  5. Another reason why the Timescape UI is now faster with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, is that the firmware update was optimized to eat less RAM, so now more memory is available to run the UI and applications. After you download and install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, you will be probably noticing that your devices is even starting up faster.

  6. The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware also updates the Adobe flash player to 10.3, even Google Maps got updated now featuring 3D Map view.

  7. With the previous firmware, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc users have complained about getting error messages in Android Marketplace while on slower internet connections. Later it was proven that you were getting the error messages even on WiFi, but the new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread fixes this bug, too.

Now that you found out what treats are expecting you after you upgrade your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, we are sure you are pretty much excited of updating your device to the latest firmware. But since updating firmware is somewhat dangerous procedure, we recommend you to prepare your device properly for the firmware installation.

Here are the some informations and tips that will help you prepare your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc for Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update procedure. Now let’s see how you should prepare your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc for the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread installation:

  • Before starting to update your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread you should know that you will have to unlock the bootloader of your device. By doing so you will gain full access on your device and you will be able to install the custom ROM on your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Do safely unlock¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader, closely follow the tutorial here.

  • Since this is a firmware update, once you upgrade your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread all the data stored on your device will be wiped off, so we recommend you do backup all your contacts, music and video files, call log, text messages or applications you downloaded and installed from Android Market. To do so you can sync your data with your Google Account. As the data on your SD memory card will not be lost, moving the backuped files there is an alternative, so you will be able the easily restore them once the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update procedure is finished.

  • Now, remove the SIM card and the microSD memory card from your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. By doing so you will minimize the risks that any information on both cars to get corrupted if any unexpected event occurs during Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update procedure.

  • Also make sure that the original USB data cable you received with your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is somewhere near, as you will need it later to connect your device to your computer in order to update your smartphone to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

  • Since updating your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread drains a lot of battery, make sure that your device’s battery level is at least 50%. Do so to ensure that no unwanted events occur during the firmware installation. So, the higher the battery level, the fewer the chances to encounter difficulties while installing Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

  • Make sure that you have¬†administrative¬†rights on the computer you are¬†preforming¬†the firmware¬†installation¬†from. As well check if it runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 and that it features USB port with 2.0 support. Turn off all the antivirus programs and, as well the firewall, as they could interrupt the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update procedure, and we don’t want that, isn’t it?

  • Firmware updates don’t void your device’s warranty, but since you will have to unlock¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader, we believe that it will void your warranty.

Now that your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is ready for Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update, let’s see what steps you need to follow in order to safely complete the installation procedure. Since the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware version also updates the APN settings, you might loose them, so we recommend you to write them down before proceeding to upgrade your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3¬†Gingerbread. By loosing the APN settings, you will not be able to use the Internet or MMS services anymore.

The below tutorial contains informations on how to update¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, so it’s best to follow them closely in order to safely install the new firmware version on your smartphone:

  1. Once you unlock your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc bootloader you will be able to install custom ROMs on your device, so you can keep your smartphone up-to-date with the latest firmware versions even though they were not rolled out officially. So if you want to upgrade your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread you will need the installation pack which you can grab from here.

  2. After the download finishes extract the “LT15i_3.0.A.2.181_Global_Customize_system.zip” file on your computer’s desktop. Notice that several files were extracted from the main ZIP file. Now extract the “android-sdk_r10-windows.zip” file in C:, then extract the “system.zip” file in the tools directory of the Android SDK folder (this should be the path if you extracted the¬†“android-sdk_r10-windows.zip” file as instructed above:¬†C:android-sdk-windows ools). Notice that a .img file was extracted to that location. We will refer to it as system_file.img from now on, so anytime you will see it you should replace “systemfile” with the name corresponding to your .img file.

  3. With your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc unplugged from the computer, power off the device, and prepare your USB data cable. Now long-press the “Menu” key of your device and connect it to your computer using the USB data cable. Notice that a blue notification light is now glowing.

  4. Now open the command prompt window on your computer. To do so click on the “Start” button then go to “Run.” In the text field type in “cmd” (without the quotation marks) and press “Enter.” If on Windows Vista or Windows 7 simply go to “Start” and type “cmd” in the search field, then open it by clicking on it. Once the command prompt window is opened, type in the following¬†command, then hit “Enter”:

    • Cdandroid-sdk-windows ools
      Fastboot devices

  5. After giving the above commands, if you receive a message looking like [letters and numbers code goes in here] fastboot, then your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is read to be upgraded to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware version. If not, repeat the whole procedure from step 3.

  6. In command prompt, type in the below command to flash the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread system image to your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc:

      fastboot flash system system_file.img

  7. Now wait until Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is installed on your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and once the upgrade process is completed power on your device. Don’t panic if it takes some time for the homescreen of your¬†Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to appear, it only happens when you firs reboot your device after the update procedure.

Now that you successfully upgraded your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread you will be able to enjoy all the features of the new firmware version. Now go ahead and play a bit with your phone and get a feel of the new features coming with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, also share us your opinions about the new firmware on your device in the comments area below.

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