It's no secret that Sony has been a long-time supporter of the custom ROM community, but now the company has released a tool that lets owners of bootloader unlocked Xperia devices easily return back to stock firmware from a custom ROM. According to Sony's blog post, this tool has been oft-requested by the community, so it's good to see Sony deliver on that.

As mentioned, use of this tool requires the bootloader to be unlocked on supported Xperia devices, but past that, it seems pretty simple and intuitive to use. A tool like this is fantastic for anyone who's on the fence about running custom software on their phone, as it allows them to easily return back to stock. I just wish other manufacturers would follow Sony's lead.

For more info, including where to download the tool, head over to Sony's Dev Blog.

Cameron Summerson
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  • hyperbolic

    Now I can start thinking about buying Android phones by Sony.

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      This is just another step in their support for the community, unofficial tool was already available. They've been supporting the community since December last year.

    • Force8

      I wouldn't, they refused to repair a relatives phone because it had an unlocked bootloader - despite the issue clearly being a hardware one.

      • ThoughtfulWords

        Unlocked bootloader voids your warranty. So it wouldn't matter if the issue was a hardware one when the warranty is no longer valid.

        • Force8

          I think the wording was actually that it 'may' void your warranty. And that is beside the point, I would rather go with a company who would accept responsibility for a hardware fault that clearly wasn't caused by unlocking a bootloader, or one which allows users to relock their bootloaders.

  • digi_owl

    Well crap, a company that actually seems to get it. Ericsson must have seeded some ideas before they handed everything over to Sony.

    • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

      Sony has been supportive from the start it learnt from the early android days with Ericsson! :)

      • digi_owl

        Now if only the GO had a 800x480 screen...

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    Google should provide such tool for Nexus Devices.. Nexus Root Toolkit is fine though

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Love how Sony supports the community, though an awesome unofficial flash tool was already available for quite some time. If only Sony's devices had something really special about them. They make fine devices, but nothing ever gets my heard going, though if they make a Nexus device I'll be sure to get one.

  • lee jun-hoe

    Yay for Sony..I just got the Xperia S as my first smartphone and I love it. Glad to see Sony being helpful and supportive!

  • http://twitter.com/wpfn Robert Hoffman

    "It's no secret that Sony has been a long-time supporter of the custom ROM community"
    Really? I call bullshit. Ask all the playstation 3 owners how they like the "Install Other OS" functionality...F Sony.

    • silaslenz

      Sony Mobile. Just because one part of the company is stupid doesn't mean the whole company is the same.

      Some positive things still living on from the Sony Ericsson era.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

        While you've got a point about a "part of the company," you've got the balance all wrong. Sony has always been a HUGE proponent of proprietary components, therefore giving the shaft to any modders, homebrewers, etc. It's encouraging to hear that at least a small part of the company has the right idea, but it'll take a lot more than that for me to break my vow of never buying another Sony product again.

    • Cheeseball

      Sony Mobile (the smart division), not Sony Computer Entertainment (the retarded division).

    • QwietStorm

      I was unaware PlayStation 3 was a mobile Android device. I can't even download apps on mine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PradeepVizz Pradeep Viswanathan R

    Wow Sony.. This is the stripped down version of the software the Sony service center guys use to flash any Sony phone to stock.. the guys at service center have more options on the tool :)

  • jnishwin99

    Xperia miro isnt supported