Update Sony Xperia S to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with ParanoidAndroid


Sony hasn't yet officially got the latest Android Jelly Bean updates but thanks to XDA developers, you can now upgrade your Sony devices to the Jelly Bean flavors using one of the most popular custom ROMs out there, the ParanoidAndroid!

The ParanoidAndroid firmware is based on CM10 and brings the latest Jelly Bean Android 4.2.2 OS to your handset. No bugs or issues have been found in this firmware file so we expect you would be having a full-on experience of the Jelly Bean and ParanoidAndroid features, functions and capabilities making your Xperia S more powerful, customized and optimized.

Prerequisites to check before you update Sony Xperia S to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean:

  • Your device should be rooted to install any custom ROMs.
  • Sony Xperia S should also be installed with a custom recovery image like CWM or TWRP. Be careful as the warranty voids with rooting or flashing custom recovery tools on your device.
  • Your computer should be installed with ADB (Android Debug Bridge).
  • Backup any important data from your Xperia S as a complete wipe will be required during the flashing process.
  • A Nandroid backup is also recommended since it will help you to restore to current state if you donot like the new updates.
  • Enable USB debugging option on your device: Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging.
  • Your Sony Xperia S must be charged to at least 60% of power.

How to update Sony Xperia S to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean using custom ROM ParanoidAndroid:


  • Required files: download the PA Android 4.2.2 firmware file from here and Google Apps package from here. Extract the paranoidAndroid file into the fastboot folder from your computer.
  1. Connect the Xperia S with the computer and copy the downloaded update and the Google apps package files on your handset.
  2. Unplug the USB cord and turn off your Sony phone.
  3. Now connect your Sony device (while pressing on Volume UP and Power buttons simultaneously) with the computer using its USB cable.
  4. Open the fastboot folder from where you need to open a command prompt window. Right click anywhere on the fastboot folder and select open command prompt window here.
  5. Now in the cmd window enter: fastboot devices.
  6. If the waiting device message is being displayed, ADB will have to be re-installed on your computer again as it's not working properly. But if the fastboot devices xxx message is being displayed then you can proceed to the next step.
  7. Now type in cmd: Fastboot flash boot boot.img and unplug your phone from the computer.
  8. Switch it back on. To boot in the recovery mode press the Volume Up button several times when the fastboot logo is displayed.
  9. Perform wipe data operations now: from recovery first select wipe data/factory reset, and then go for wipe cache partition and wipe dalvik cache.
  10. Now from the main menu select install zip from SD card followed by choose zip from sd card. Locate the firmware file and start the flashing process.
  11. Once completed, repeat the above step to install the Google apps package.
  12. When the GApps get installed successfully, from recovery select: +++go back+++ and reboot system now.

That's it. Your Sony Xperia S is now updated to the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean using the popular ParanoidAndroid custom ROM.