POSTS TAGGED: Android 4.1-4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Posted April 3, 2014 at 06:00 am by Will Verduzco
Although the Xperia SP isn’t yet in the list of devices scheduled to receive the official Android 4.4 goods from Sony, that’s not to say that the SP can’t still benefit from some rather substantial OEM love. Early yesterday, Sony began updating the Xperia SP to firmware version 12.1.A.1.201. While it’s not KitKat, it packs quite a few bugfixes over the previously released 12.1.A.0.266 build.
Just like the previous build, 12.1.A.1.201 is based upon Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. But according to Sony’s update page for the device, it brings an enhanced user experience, improved battery life, and software performance improvements. This, however, doesn’t tell the whol. . . READ ON »
Posted April 1, 2014 at 08:00 pm by Will Verduzco
About a week ago, the Sony Xperia M started receiving its official update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. While not KitKat, it at least proves that Sony still wants to show its mid-range device some official firmware lovin’. Naturally, many Xperia M Dual (C2005) owners wondered when the dual-sim variant would receive the update. Thankfully, that time is now.
XDA Forum Member navidhz first shared the news early yesterday, and it was later confirmed by Sony on the Xperia M Dual’s official firmware page. And just like its single-SIM sibling, the update brings Android 4.3 and a host of minor improvements such as a smoother UI, an updated battery stamina mode, new first party apps, and security e. . . READ ON »
Posted March 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
In recent Android releases, Google has become more and more unwilling to cater to the use of external SD cards. It was never quite clear why Google decided to abandon SD card support in their Nexus devices, but many believe this to be due to the added simplicity of removing another storage area.
While Google nixed the idea on its own devices, various OEMs decided to keep SD card slots in their devices. To use them properly, some modifications to Android’s source code were needed. And due to changes in how some later versions of Android handled SD cards, many applications lost the ability to access external SD cards. Luckily, Xposed Framework allows users to modify various aspects of their OS without messi. . . READ ON »
Posted March 27, 2014 at 07:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
“What’s the time?” You probably ask yourself this question countless times during the day. One second later, you’re probably checking the time on your smartphone. However, the system clock in the status bar can’t be modified to much without digging into source code of SystemUI.apk.
Most things in Android can be modified without touching code. This is all thanks to XDA Recognized Developer rovo89 and Recognized Contributor Tungstwenty, who created amazing Xposed Framework. With this tool, even stock ROMs can be made usable and freed from inconveniences. The same applies to the status bar clock, which color can be changed automatically when a device is connected to Inter. . . READ ON »
Posted March 26, 2014 at 02:30 pm by Will Verduzco
Although Android 4.4.3 is already undergoing internal testing, most devices other than modern flagships have yet to receive an official taste of any version of KitKat. In fact, it’s not uncommon for older or less powerful devices to be prematurely forgotten in update limbo. But rather than complain that they’re not running the latest and greatest firmware, we can at least be happy when they do receive some official firmware love from their OEMs.
The Sony Xperia M is one such device. Shipping with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean nearly a little under a year ago, the device is currently running Android 4.2.2. As of today, however, Sony has issued an OTA update that’s starting to make its way to cons. . . READ ON »
Posted March 25, 2014 at 03:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
The Android OS has been undergoing extensive development for over five years. Through the years, we’ve seen many useful features added, and many of these features were implemented in AOSP, while an equally large number have come from custom ROMs.
One of the main features added recently is profile support. It’s quite a useful feature to have on shared devices such as tablets. Every user can customize his or her profile with favorite apps and settings.
Not too long ago, we talked about a handy Xposed Module by XDA Senior Member safet.me to bring this to earlier Android versions. But if you still prefer to use APKTool, you might want to visit a thread by XDA Forum member durancharles27. With th. . . READ ON »
Posted March 18, 2014 at 07:00 am by Will Verduzco
Update: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that this was the Android 4.3 update for the device. Apologies for the mistake.
While several recent high end devices have finally been upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat, many are still running Android 4.3. The T-Mobile Galaxy S III is one of these devices. While it has just started receiving a new it finally received its official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update.
The update comes in the form of build ID UVUENC2. And while it retains the same Android 4.3 version, it updates your baseband firmware. According to T-Mobile support documents, this 37 MB update is available both via OTA and through Samsung Kies. But if you intend on updating through either of . . . READ ON »
Posted March 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Sharing a tablet or phone isn’t anything unusual. Phones very often serve as relaxation tools, or easy-to-use Internet terminals from which you can easily access the web and keep in contact with people you love. At default, phones offer only one user profile, which isn’t ideal if you want to avoid potential changes to your device settings or keep your private data private.
User profiles were added to the OS with Android 4.2, but Google decided to put this feature on tablets only. This left phone users in search of alternative solutions. As you know, Xposed Framework can be used to customize your system and modify things not designed to be modified. XDA Senior Member safet.me ported the multi-user f. . . READ ON »
Posted March 11, 2014 at 02:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
Sony released quite a few of interesting devices in 2013. One of the most successful was the Xperia SP, a device that easily can compete with Nexus 4 and other relatively powerful smartphones. Not too long ago, the Xperia SP was updated to Android 4.3. This gave developers an opportunity to cross more boundaries and limitations.
Xperia devices, although capable of being unlocked, are often locked by carriers. That makes developing for those devices harder, as custom kernels can’t be flashed. All Xperia SP owners with locked bootloaders now have a reason to smile. XDA Forum Member bagyusz used a method developed by XDA Recognized Developer KeiranFTW to create a build of CyanogenMod 10.2 available fo. . . READ ON »