Over the past few years we have seen a lot of Android devices released in the market. Those with high end specs were able to get software updates easily while those with lower end specs were usually left with whatever firmware version they had running when sold. This is because as newer versions of Android come out the minimum hardware specifications required to use it has also increased.
The Sony Xperia Tipo is a device released in 2012 that’s designed for people on a tight budget. It costs cheap making it quite popular and despite having low powered specifications it is a solid performer.
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band UMTS support
- 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
- 3.2″ 256K-color capacitive TFT touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480)
- Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 800 MHz Cortex-A5 CPU
- Adreno 200 GPU
- Qualcomm MSM7225AA chipset
- 512 MB of RAM
- 2.5GB of internal storage
- microSD slot (32GB supported)
- 3.15 MP fixed-focus camera
- VGA video @ 25fps
- Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
- GPS with A-GPS
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- microUSB port (charging)
- stereo Bluetooth v2.1
- Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Despite having an 800 MHz processor and only 512MB of RAM XDA Senior Member srl3gx has been working on bringing Android KitKat to the device. The project is still a work in progress and uses CyanogenMod 11 with kernel 3.4. It is still not fully usable with some functions working while others are not
- Notification LED
Not working list
- Vold managed partitions
There’s a lot of interest on this device over at the XDA forum as it looks like a lot of people own it.
The features that are not working will soon be ironed out with a stable version expected to be released soon.
If a device with a single core 800 MHz processor and 512 MB RAM can have KitKat then it is possible for other legacy devices with similar specifications to also have Android 4.4