Update Sony Xperia Tipo with ICS based Gimlo Custom ROM

The Sony Xperia Tipo users can now update their devices with a powerful custom ROM that comes with important features and capabilities and all thanks to those of xda-developers who had made available the Gimlo firmware. So, if you want to customize and optimize the performances of your mid-range smartphone now you will be able to do so, the Gimlo software providing a stable and smooth Android experience, based on the latest release of the ICS OS. Take a look below and complete the proper steps for applying the custom ROM on your Xperia Tipo.

The Gimlo custom ROM is based on stock ICS firmware, being also rooted and deodexed. Furthermore, the software is coming with Aroma Installer, Busybox, CWM and TWRP recovery modes and with many other features and apps (default and extra ones – that cannot be found in the default version of the ICS system). If you want to learn more about this update and about its capabilities you can anytime take a look through our source page by using the link from here. Then, return to the present tutorial and apply the next lines for learning how to properly install the Gimlo firmware on your Sony Xperia Tipo.

In order to avoid the unpleasant situations and for performing things without dealing with unexpected problems and issues you need to apply the pre requisites first. In this way you will prepare the phone and the computer you will have to use for the flashing procedure that will follow so do not skip any section from below. Also, if you do head straight to the update operation you will risk in bricking your Xperia Tipo as this step by step guide is being considered risky and should be carefully completed.

As mentioned, a computer or notebook is being required. On the same you will have to temporarily deactivate or uninstall the security protection. The same should be applied on your Tipo because the security programs might interrupt the update operation. Then, you device should have enough battery power (if there is less than 60% power left charge the battery before going any further) for staying “alive” during the installation procedure or else it might get bricked. Also, you need to enable the USB debugging option on your phone or else you will not be able to properly connect the device with the computer.

Now, you need to have a rooted Sony Xperia Tipo or else you will not be able to apply the ICS based Gimlo Custom ROM. Also, your handset must be installed with a custom recovery image, this tool being used on the flashing process. By completing the mentioned operations the warranty of your smartphone will get void, so if anything bad happens you will be by yourselves. Of course the warranty can be restored by downgrading / updating to stock OS, but if you somehow mess things up during this guide, you will have hard times while trying to fix your bricked device.

Finally a backup is also strongly recommended because a wipe will have to be applied. Else you will not be able to update your Sony Xperia Tipo with Gimlo custom ROM firmware. You can easily save all of your data by using dedicated apps that can be downloaded for free via Google Play. Furthermore, you should also make a Nandroid backup by using the recovery image, this being the perfect way for saving the current software (in case you don’t like the new one you can anytime choose to restore the stock firmware).

It should be clear for you that this is not an official update released by Sony for your Xperia Tipo. This is a custom ROM developed by third party devs so you can install the same only by following a manual procedure. Also, this tutorial is being suitable only with the Sony Xperia Tipo model number ST21I; don’t apply the next steps if you own a similar or different Android based handset as you will brick your device.

How to Update Sony Xperia Tipo with ICS based Gimlo Custom ROM Firmware

  1. Download the update from here.
  2. Save the file on your computer.
  3. Connect the device with the computer by using its USB cable.
  4. Select the downloaded file and copy-paste, or drag and drop the same from the computer to the phone’s SD card.
  5. Remove the USB cable as you will no longer have to use your computer / notebook.
  6. Turn off the smartphone.
  7. Reboot into recovery mode.
  8. By using the recovery mode menu you need to wipe the system.
  9. Remember to backup the data first; now for the wipe select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  10. Return the recovery menu by selecting “+++go back+++”.
  11. This time select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
  12. Now follow the touch based install wizard.
  13. In the end just select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
  14. And you are done.

Well, that was all. Now, your Sony Xperia Tipo is running the ICS based Gimlo Custom ROM Firmware. Test the software and see how it performs. According to those who had already tried the OS, the battery life should be improved, you should gain more speed and the system should be customized, optimized and opened for changes. Do tell us how things worked for you and what do you think about this new custom ROM (use the comments area for sharing your thoughts with us).

  • saleha

    i follow the above steps as it is and cwm also shows that completed reeboot after reeboot it shows sony and struck at xperia pls help me

    • Dendy Murdijanto

      have you got it fixed? Had the same problem here….

      • Ahmed Hassan

        flash stock rom