Former Writer · Mar 29, 2012 at 01:00 pm

First Steps Towards Branding / De-Branding of the Xperia S

There’s nothing quite like the scramble of keyboards hard at work getting things done for freshly released devices—achieving root, getting the bootloader unlocked, releasing ROMs and kernels, the mods and tweaks and even the ports and themes. Owning a freshly released device gives the same excitement, knowing that all those things are coming. For the Sony Xperia S, that time is right now.

Despite the bootloader unlocking and s-off firmwares being released relatively recently, the work for other modifications has already begun. XDA Senior Member LiveSquare has begun assembling compiling a list of locations and CDA / fingerprint numbers so that users can change their CDA, debrand or brand their devices.

So far, there’s quite a list, as users have enthusiastically responded to the call. Currently there are just under two dozen locations and CDA numbers that have been submitted, with more to come as the phone gets released in other parts of the world. Eventually, as root becomes more universal, this thread will help users by giving them CDA numbers to change to for anything from Play Market compatibility to using tweaks and mods. Says LiveSquare:

From the Xperia X10 there is a easy method to change the firmware (debranding/branding) by changing the customization number in the build.prop. Similar threads exisits for those forums, but not yet for Xperia S. So I’m creating it here. Post yours and I will add to the first post as and when I get time. Even though the root isn’t available, this will surely be useful for many.

As the devs play with the phone more, there will be more uses for these numbers, and users will eventually be able to brand and de-brand their devices using it. So stay tuned for when that day comes.

Those looking to check out the branding and de-branding process as it unfolds or submit their CDA numbers should visit the original thread.


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