|QUOTE (Blackadder. @ Sunday, Dec 23 2012, 10:30)|
| You're using ROM Manager to determine if you can flash a JB ROM? Not the best way to do things in my opinion, ROM manager insisted my dad's HTC Legend had CWM Recovery installed when it did not, so I don't really trust it. You're better off heading to the XDA forums and poking around there to see how to root your phone and unlock its bootloader, before upgrading to a custom ROM manually.|
If you aren't using a ROM Manager disregard most of what I said except for that last sentence
I heard there was an issue of some sorts with ICS and the Xperia Play which is why Sony axed it before release (they did however release a beta version for those willing to try it out). I'd assume Jelly Bean would have these problems too so again take a peek around and see, no point upgrading if it makes your phone perform worse.
I've been around the XDA forums here and there (mostly in relation to google searches) From what I gather the initial problem with ICS/JB is the wifi and the camera didn't want to work on the device. As well as some miscellaneous features being a little clunky. Sony abandoned it pretty quickly but the community kept going on it. From what I understand the issues have been resolved. I've seen videos posted where all the features of the phone worked just fine.
I have everything backed up with Titanium Backup and I came across a simple apk called backup and restore that has saved all my contacts, logs, sms, etc... I think I'm good to go as far as restoring information. I have made backups from my memory card to my PC.
The issue I run into now is I don't think my bootloader can be unlocked through software. From what I have read on Sony's support site if I go to the dialer and enter *#*#7378423#*#* to access the service menu, then in my phone, tap Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status. If Bootloader unlock allowed says Yes, then I can continue with the next step. If it says No, or if the status is missing, my device cannot be unlocked.
So my device doesn't even have a "Rooting Status" menu which I assume attributes to the "status missing" category. Meaning I can't unlock it. Which basically flies in the face of this thread at XDA Developers - Thread.
If it can't be unlocked through Sony's website then I have seen somebody allegedly do it by taking out the battery and removing the sticker that covers the copper contacts for the board on the back of the phone. If the correct two contacts are bridged and power is applied via USB cable this does "something" that unlocks the bootloader according to the video. That however is a last resort and fortunately if I want to try it I do happen to have an extra Xperia Play laying around I can destroy and not worry about. Just seems like this is a major pain in the ass.
After some more reading I found out Verizon actually hid the Root Status menu option. I went ahead and requested an unlock code from Sony and got one. So now my bootloader is unlocked... but I can't seem to get google play to work, which means I can't get my file manager to navigate to the .apk's I have on my SDCard so I can restore my system.
I got clever and emailed myself the apk for Titanium backup. I have it running now. Hopefully this straightens everything out. I'll update incase anyone is interested.
Yep that did it. I have everything back and can access the Play Store again. Jeebus.
I'm still going to attempt to update to Jelly Bean. I'm sure that'll be just as fun.