The Sony Xperia V (LT25i) isn't the most popular, and it isn't the fastest, but it may be the most commonly overlooked Android phone on the market. The Xperia got a bad name because of the lackluster smartphones Sony has released under the Xperia brand in the past, but the Xperia V (LT25i) shouldn't be counted out. It's now capable of running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean thanks to one of the best custom ROMs of Android Jelly Bean.
The Sony Xperia V (LT25i) can be updated to Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean thanks to the help of a seemingly endless pool of developers committed to Android. Although there are several custom ROMs based off of Android 4.2.1 that can be installed on the Sony Xperia V, the most popular and customizable ROM, CyanogenMod 10.1 (CM 10.1, is the best choice for almost any smartphone including the Xperia V.
Please note: This tutorial requires flashing the Sony Xperia V, and in most cases, that process will void the warranty. Please proceed at your own risk, and do not perform this process if you're unfamiliar with the flashing process. The iDigital Times cannot be held responsible for anything that goes wrong during this process. Please be aware that you run the risk of bricking your device during this process.
Here's how to install Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean on the Sony Xperia V (LT25i) using the CyanogenMod 10.1 custom ROM:
Step One: Prepare your Sony Xperia V for the installation process. Backup any information stored on your smartphone. Make sure that the USB drivers are installed. Enable USB debugging. Ensure that the device is rooted and has ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery installed. Download the CyanogenMod 10.1 ROM. Download Google Apps.
Step Two: Connect the Sony Xperia V to your computer and mount the smartphone's SD card. Move the CM 10.1 and Google Apps zip files to the SD card root folder. Turn off the device, and disconnect it from the computer.
Step Three: Turn the phone one in Recovery mode by turning the phone on and pressing the Volume Down button repeatedly as it turns on. In CMW recovery, perform data wipe. Select "Flash Zip from SD Card." Select "Choose Zip from SD Card." Navigate to the CM 10.1 file. Confirm the installation. Repeat this step to install Google Apps.
Step Four: Select "Go Back." Reboot the device by choosing "Reboot System Now." It may take a few minutes for the smartphone to reboot. Please be patient and do no disrupt the phone while it boots.
Step Five: Enjoy Android 4.2.1 via CM 10.1 on your Xperia V.
For more information, visit Team Android's tutorial.