Sony Ericsson’s head honcho speaks and gives details, sort of, of what’s been fixed in 2.3.3:
This update brings lots of fixes and optimizations within many different areas but here are some important ones where I know our developers have included many improvements and fixes:
- Battery performance
- General software stability
- Wi-Fi stability
- HD Video recording performance (Xperia™ arc)
- Touch responsiveness
Finally, some additional information of what’s present, correct and FIXED in 2.3.3 – including my favourite, the HD video recording performance on the Arc. The question has to be asked though, why the secrecy ALL.THE.TIME with firmware updates? Why so secret Rikard, you’ve got the answers to our questions – shut us up!
Anyhoo generic release should be out in the next few days, so that’s something to look forward to. And maybe a cheeky little update to GingerBreak? Wouldn’t that be cool?!
…You may remember this post from a couple weeks ago: http://hurfxperiaxperiences.blogspot.com/2011/05/more-bootloader.html
Yet again I was venting about the bootloader issue with the Arc, and the can we/can’t we officially update saga….well, the story continues as it seems the good folks over at XDA have been on the case for the last couple weeks and have hounded Sony Ericsson Developer, Karl-Johan Dahlström across their forums:
I am aware that we don’t have a recovery ROM in place. There are some reasons why that is the case. One reason for not supporting FOTA updates after the phone has been unlocked is that FOTA is a delta between two know SW releases and as the phone has been unlocked we can’t be sure of the SW release currently on the phone. I will bring this question back to see if we could allow phones that has been unlocked to be updated via “SW update service” which would be a way to get a Sony Ericsson ROM back on the phone, but please note the warranty may still have been voided as the phone.
Currently we don’t support SEUS for phones that have been unlocked. I have initiated discussions if we can support that going forward, but there are several things that needs to be investigated before I can give you an answer (e.g. will it affect customer call centers, repair centers, which SW should be used for unlocked phones, how to identify phone model if other things has been modified, are there security concerns for unlocked phones etc). Will get back to you as soon as I have more information. Sorry that I can’t give a better answer at this time.
So “…Currently we don’t support SEUS for phones that have been unlocked…” is final confirmation from the horses mouth that you CANNOT update your phone using the Sony Ericsson Update Service….UNBELIEVABLE! WHY RELEASE IT IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BACKUP PLAN!!!!
It’s an absolute disgrace and to be honest, as I’m sure you can tell, I’m absolutely fucking stumped as to how SE can do something like this – why build it if you can’t bloody fix it!
To make matters worse people are having to CHASE them for answers as to how/why the official bootloader hack leaves people unable to update officially:
- Why isn’t the information detailed on these forums being released as an official statement from SE?
- Why is this information only available on a blog – and not an official blog, either – and only if you go hunting for it?
This should be on the developer blog and should’ve been announced when the issue was first discovered, weeks ago!
Couple that with the information in here about bootloader hacked phones not being able to use certain aspects of Facebook Inside Xperia and the possibility the HD video fiasco doesn’t appear to have been resolved; it’s shaping up to be an interesting couple weeks.
Note, this post should be back with the entries for the 16th of May. Not sure how it’s ended up at this end of the month!
The bulk of the problems listed below could probably be fixed with a firmware update in the future…although unlocking the bootloader has caused an issue with SEUS which means I can no longer update ‘officially’ – despite assurances from SE that this would not be the case. Very, very poor show indeed.
Luckily Mrs The Hurf also has an Arc so I believe if I update her phone first I will be able to locate the firmware that should’ve downloaded to my computer in order to update the phone by using FlashTool. This shouldn’t be the case and I’m actually very angry AND disappointed this was not mentioned in the whole furore with the bootloader and if this wasn’t enough of a glaring oversight, I and other experimenters were misinformed we would still be able to update. Really bad form, SE. Really bad. Boo hiss boo.
Perhaps with the 2.3.3 update imminent it would be pertinent for SE to release the firmware for people to download for themselves, independent of SEUS, to update through FlashTool (for example).
…It’s been a very exciting time the last 24 hours or so. On Tuesday evening, 24th, the 2.3.3 update for the Arc was released – in Hong Kong. However it didn’t take very long before the necessary files to build a .ftf package were available. The package was flashed to my phone and worked fine, Facebook Inside Xperia integration worked to an extent, except the Music app wasn’t letting me ‘like’ tracks as previously advertised here
Not the end of the world, but a minor niggle. However tonight, 25th May, for reasons unknown O2 have managed to get their 2.3.3 firmware out a good 10 days in advance of SEUK. Quite the scandal. Once again, the required files were soon made available and another .ftf package was built and flashed to the phone. Still problems with the Music app.
On a whim (and thanks to Alan Lewis for the prompt) I installed the O2 firmware on the wife’s phone, which hasn’t been rooted or booted. Put the SIM card in her phone, dumped a couple tracks onto the phone…surprise surprise, the ‘like’ works.
Casting my mind back to unlocking the bootloader, completing this process buggers up the DRM on the phone – which is most likely what this facility is tied into – it works in conjuction with TrackID.
So, once again something else doesn’t work once you’ve cracked the bootloader – users who’ve taken this step or are thinking about doing so, be aware of the following facts:
IF YOU UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER OF YOUR PHONE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE THE FULL FEATURES OF FACEBOOK INSIDE XPERIA…OR OFFICIALLY UPDATE YOUR PHONE TO EVEN USE FACEBOOK INSIDE XPERIA
You have been warned
…after over three weeks of hell, the PSN is finally back online. Not 100%, but back nonetheless. To celebrate, Sony have decided to do what’s best and, giving them their due, they have detailed the welcome back package. However, as soon as they’ve done that, they’re back to doing what they do best – try to pimp new stuff in light of some serious company damaging events (although they call it getting back to normal!)
It seems there are people out there using the Arc who are experiencing random reboots, from reading some of the comments, it seems the cause could be attributed to some third-party apps. I haven’t had anything like that myself, mainly because I didn’t log into the third party stuff and in fact wiped them from the phone as soon as root was available!
Something to watch out for though. Check the full story in the link provided