Will Verduzco · Jul 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Sony Explains Improved Software Update Process for 4.3

Roughly two years ago, Sony Developer World released a story that outlined the process of pushing out an Ice Cream Sandwich-based firmware upgrade for the Xperia line, from source code release to software upgrade. Back then, the process consisted of OEMs waiting for source code release, at which time all of the work would begin. This would naturally lead to extended delays in firmware release, since manufacturers would have no time to prep the firmware release in advance of source code release.

Fast forward two years, and things have changed for the better, at least according to Sony mobile. Thanks to the Android Platform Development Kit (PDK), select OEMs are given access to certain source files and compiled binaries a few weeks in advance of source release in order to help spur the release process. The PDK also includes the Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) and information regarding Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) integration. A closer relationship with Qualcomm further enables the company to push out the firmware releases faster.

To get the full story, be sure to head over to Sony Developer World. It’s good to see Google and OEM partners making progress in the quest towards timely firmware releases. It’s still far from perfect, but baby steps are better than no steps.


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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 27, 2015 at 03:52 pm · 1 comment

PhotoMath: A Math Beginner’s Dream App

To me, applications like this one are really important for school students. I bought my first significant Android the same year I began my Physics degree at my university, and immediately I realised how tremendously helpful it was. From accurate graphing applications to TI emulators (don't judge me, the real thing costs crazy amounts here!), passing through giants like Wolfram and MATLAB Mobile, there were a lot of tools for one to excel with. In fact, I'd say that without Android I wouldn't have chosen...

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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 27, 2015 at 12:47 pm · 1 comment

Leaked Galaxy S6 Apps Hit the Forums

XDA Recognized Contributor Albe95 has shared with us what looks to be Galaxy S6 applications. The ones he's provided are the GearManager, the Optical Reader, GeoNews and Kids Mode. The applications are available for download through the links in the opening post, but keep in mind it is likely that they might not be compatible with your device. There's also new information about more applications and system interface features revealed in the same thread:     The alleged S6 statusbar and panel are ported to the...

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Emil Kako · Feb 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm · 1 comment

Which App for iPhone Do You Wish Was on Android?

Only a few years ago, it was normal for a major app release to be available for iOS but come months later to Android. That seems to no longer be the case, as Android has advanced tremendously with Google putting a huge effort into its Play Store and ecosystem. However, while the majority of major app releases are now made available for both platforms at the same time, there are a few iOS exclusives that some of us wish were on our favorite mobile OS (Hyperlapse comes to mind). Let us know which apps for the iPhone you wish were on Android.

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