More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Linux 3.0.8 Kernel for 2011 Xperia Devices
Some devices just refuse to die, no matter how long they’ve been around. That said, a team of devoted developers has come together to bring the Linux kernel 3.0.8 to every 2011 Xperia device. The last official kernel release from Sony (Ericsson) for 2011 Xperia Devices was version 2.6.32.
XDA Recognized Developer nobodyAtall based this kernel on the ‘M7630AABBQMLZA404033I’ CAF tag, which is ‘the latest tagged release for this arch and is linux 3.0.8.’ The supported devices and the developer behind each one are as follows:
- Xperia Mini by Recognized Developer nobodyAtall
- Xperia Live with Walkman by pcfighter
- Xperia Pro by XDA Senior Member M66B
- Xperia Neo V by XDA Senior Members mechmetal and mikeioannina
- Xperia Neo by XDA Senior Members mechmetal and mikeioannina
- Xperia Mini Pro by XDA Senior Member expeacer
- Xperia Ray by XDA Senior Member iriijo
- Xperia Active by XDA Senior Member mikeioannina
- Xperia Arc by XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD
The kernel for each of the listed devices is available for download and testing from the kernel thread. The kernels for the Mini, Live with Walkman, Pro and Neo and Neo V are said to be bootable and usable, with near 100% functionality, while the rest are still at various stages of development (at the time of writing). More detailed status for each of these kernels can be found in the discussion thread.
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