March 26, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
Sony loves to add various social applications to their device firmwares. In 2010, they added Timescape, which integrates messages with Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. Four years later, they still believe that social networks are the best way to keep their customers connected—and they’re likely right. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other similar services are dominating the Web.
A new version of Sony’s social application Sociallife is available on the Xperia Z2′s firmware. Having this new flagship is not a requirement though, as XDA Senior Member xperiaz2 modded the original Socialife application to work without issues on other Sony devices even with Ice Cream Sandwich installed. Your firmware version won’t stop you from keeping in close contact with your family and friends, and Socialife will inform them about your current status. The ported app should work with all Xperia phones running stock or stock-based software.
You can grab the application and discuss it in the original thread in Cross-Device Development Projects for Sony Devices forum. If you like social networks, go there and don’t forget to share this article on your wall.
December 22, 2013 By: Samantha
A few days ago, we brought you news of a port of the Sony Xperia Z1-exclusive Motionshot app to all devices running Android 4.0 and up. It’s a pretty neat app that essentially generates a still image of a short video. But it seems like Motionshot isn’t the only app the Xperia Z1 has to share with the rest of the Android world, as Motiongraph will also be joining the list.
Ported by XDA Forum Member xperiaz2 who also ported Motionshot, Motiongraph works with any Android 4.0 or newer device, irrespective of OEM or ROM. And much like Motionshot, Motiongraph is another novelty imaging app by Sony.
Motiongraph allows users to create an image, where selected parts are animated, and then the image is saved as a GIF. The procedure is simple. First, capture a 2 second video within the app. Once done, the app allows you to select areas of the video that you want to be animated with swipes and taps. A host of other settings are also available to enhance and control your image, such as camera focus, image stabilization, and adjustment of playback speed and smoothness.
If you would like to give Motiongraph a shot, visit the original thread for more details and download.
We all should be pretty familiar with split screen functionality on our mobile devices. We’ve seen it become a defining feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note series with “Multi-Window,” and Microsoft has integrated the same function into their desktop/tablet operating systems Windows RT and 8/8.1. In fact, quite recently, we saw the LG G Flex join the list with their “Split View” feature. And as expected of the XDA community, it’s been ported to the LG G2.
Ported by XDA Recognized Developer bigfau, Split View on the LG G2 seems to be stable and running without any major issues that interfere with the functionality. There are however, a few compatibility problems with certain apps such as Tapatalk and Hangouts. But unless you absolutely have to use those apps concurrently with one another, you’ll be fine.
Installation is very straightforward, simply consisting of downloading the provided zip file and flashing it through a custom recovery. Bigfau also provided a convenient flashable zip file to remove Split View if you would not like to continue using it. The port has been confirmed to work with multiple LG G2 variants, including the D800, D802, VS980, LS980, D805D801V11B Videotron, and the D802.
If you would like to find out more, visit the original thread for more details and download.
December 17, 2013 By: Samantha
One nifty app that was made exclusive to Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia Z1, is the MotionShot camera. As its name suggests, it allows you to capture motion in a singular image, with a resulting similar to the featured image to the right. So although MotionShot doesn’t necessarily provide an absolutely essential function, it wouldn’t hurt to have it on other Android devices.
The good thing is, XDA Forum Member xperiaz2 has ported MotionShot to all devices running Android versions Ice Cream Sandwich and greater, meaning that the majority of Android devices will be able to create their own ‘motion shots’ with MotionShot. The port takes form as a simple APK that can be installed as you would with any other APK file.
The ported app is reported to be stable and working without issues, and this seems to be the case in my own personal testing. It should be noted that the app does require at least 500MB of free space on your phone in order to run.
Those looking to give this a shot should visit the original thread for more information.
December 17, 2013 By: Samantha
Now that the roll out of Android 4.3 Jellybean to Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra devices is well under way, some Xperia Z1 owners have noticed one useful feature that’s been made available to to only Japanese Xperia Z1 devices (aka SO-01F): white balance. The feature isn’t something very new, as it was originally introduced alongside the Xperia ZL earlier this year, and it was inevitably ported over to fellow Xperia devices, namely the Z, T, TX and V. However, it certainly is puzzling that Sony decided to keep the rest of the world from this feature.
Fear not, as it seems like nothing can hold back the XDA community from getting what they want. XDA Forum Member RyokoN successfully ported White Balance from the Japanese Xperia Z1 firmware to non-Japanese variants. The port seems to be working as it should overall according to feedback from the XDA community, but RyokoN does note that for changes to White Balance settings to take place, a reboot must take place afterwards. As expected, the port will only work with Xperia Z1 handsets running the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update from Sony, and comes in a simple zip file that’s to be flashed through a custom recovery.
So if you’ve been scratching your head and wondering where to find White Balance on your freshly updated XPeria Z1, head over to the original thread for more information on the port.
When the Xperia ZL was released, it shipped with Sony’s brand new screen calibration software called White Balance. This software allowed users to separately adjust the white balance, color saturation, and hue of the ZL’s screen. A most useful and practical addition, especially considering the importance the screen is to a satisfying smartphone experience, it’s with surprise that Sony did not include this in their latest flagship, the Xperia Z. However, worry not, as not only has White Balance been ported to the Z, the Xperia T, V, and TX can also get their hands on the cake.
The original port is for the Xperia Z, made to work by XDA Forum Member mw1kaduxx, with the other devices receiving support courtesy of XDA Forum Member AliAlsuhail. The installation methods for these devices are pretty much the same, with T, V, and TX users required to perform an extra step. Users of all four of these devices must download the provided White Balance zip file and flash it through recovery or manually push each file in the zip to their respective directories on the phone and set the correct permissions. Users of the T, V, and TX will have to subsequently flash XDA Senior Member gm007‘s Xperia Z Settings mod in order to get White Balance to operate correctly.
AliAlsuhail has acknowledged that the port for the T, V, and TX may incur some peripheral bugs when adjusting the brightness through the settings menu. However an updated port has been released by XDA Senior Member recoba23 that may put an end to some of these operational flaws.
April 19, 2013 By: Samantha
Since the debut of Socialife on the Xperia Tablet S in 2012 and the eventual axing of Xperia’s main social networking app Timescape in early 2013, Sony has been pushing Timescape’s successor Socialife on it’s new Xperia devices, the Z, ZL, SP and L. With all this hype surrounding Socialife, it’s inevitable that users of 2011 and 2012 Xperia devices would want to get their hands on a piece of the cake as well.
Thankfully, XDA Senior Member erorcun has made Sony’s Socialife work with the entire 2011 and 2012 Xperia lineup, supporting both Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. Unlike previous attempts at porting Socialife that not only inconveniently required changes to build.prop but also resulted in numerous additional bugs for those who were lucky to get it working, this port works straight out of the box, only allowing users to install normally or pushing it to /system/app and setting the correct permissions.
Of course, the numerous frustrating bugs and flaws present on the Xperia Tablet S, Z and ZL are, not surprisingly, still present on 2011 and 2012 Xperias. Despite this, Sony’s new social networking app is clean and pleasant to the eye, more logical and personalized in design and concept—and smooth in operation when it works. So you may be asking, is Socialife a worthy successor to Timescape? Well with all things considered, many will currently say no. However, if you still would like to check it out, you can download it from the original thread.
•Cellular Rado (But No Audio so no Calls)
What Doesn’t work:
Just remember that like most ports in the intial phases, this is still not yet ready to be a daily driver. However, if you are a developer looking to contribute, or are just a someone who wants to live on the bleeding edge of technological glory, head on over to the original thread and give this a spin.
February 13, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
Since HP announced the release of the webOS source code, the recently abandoned operating system has grown a rather loyal following. Progress has been made in homebrew development and in custom builds for webOS native devices. Many forum members have been clamoring for a port of webOS to Android devices for several months now. Initial ports were expected to appear for the Motorola Droid or its GSM counterpart, the Milestone, since the devices share the same OMAP3 3430 processor with the Palm Pre (the very first native webOS device).
Recently an HTC EVO 3D was spotted running a build of webOS 3.0, the version that came with the notorious HP TouchPad. Originally posted by Ryan Hope (@_puffthemagic_) on Twitter, the 3 still images of webOS running have now been supplemented with a YouTube video that can be found here. While not functional enough for actual use, the operating system boots without issue. Ryan originally started work on the port before HP released the source code for webOS. With the release of both the Android kernel and the full webOS source porting progress can only move forward from here. Could this mean widespread availability of webOS ports on Android devices soon? Depending on interest level and developer involvement, it is a possibility!
XDA member AidenM shows the first ever ROM for HTC Flyer loaded with the newest operating system from Android: Ice cream sandwich. The work is based on Sensation RCMix 3D Leak w/ Dexter_nlb’s fixes for hardware and since it´s a beta version some bugs are present.
So far the Developer has a green light on:
- Market access
- AOSP lockscreen
- ADB access
- External SD
It’s not perfect, here’s what’s not working:
- Some settings panes (keyboard selecter)
- Rotation is blurry and pixelated
- HTC Apps not correctly sized for display
- Cannot take notes using the Pen
In order to install this ROM, you need to be Honeycomb S-OFF, after that just place the ROM on the root of your SD card and good to go. Remember always to do a nandroid backup and to wipe data and Dalvik just to be on the safe side. Here you can see a video of how it looks.
Much work need to be done before we have a fully daily operational ROM but it´s a good start, so if you are using it please report back to developer with your feed back so future versions can improve.
Thanks for reading.
Originally posted by AidenM
You must have followed this guide first.
Then simply place the file on your external sd card (the one you can take out) and flash it. Reboot, it will take some time but it will.
Stuff you may or may not care about (read anyways)
When selecting a book in the Reader app it is not sized correctly but the book itself takes up the whole screen so it is usable
Root can be buggy, sometimes it denies permissions
Over 500 MB Free RAM
HW Keys are in testing but right now they crash the system.
Continue on to the ROM thread to find more
Tis the season to be awesome and with that in mind, XDA Recognized Developer/development super stud aamikam has released a fully functional HTC Runnymede port for the HTC Desire S just in time for some Christmas flashing.
The change log on the ROM is extensive (read:ridiculously long), but here’s some of the highlights for you Desire S owners:
Odex or Deodex (we personally like Odex better)
Fully Optimized and tweaked
Zipalign on boot
Defrag DB’s on boot
Native screen capture
Beats audio, Dolby, SRS, and EQ in music player
HTC Quicklaunch widget from bliss also added
Unlocked more settings in Browser
All Gapps and market apps updated to newest versions
All other stock sense 3.5 goodies included
For a full list of tweaks, changelogs and all the shout outs, you can check out the original thread found right here .
Some early reports indicate that there’s still a few bugs to work out and aamikam is quoted as saying
Ok guys, remember this is the first release and has not been tested on all the devices yet so please post feedback, Thanks
So if you happen to flash this beautiful piece of work and find something, it’s been asked that it gets reported so it can be fixed.
Much like with the XDANDROID project, which works on porting Android to much-loved Windows Mobile devices such as the Raphael, Blackstone, Rhodium and Diamond, various members of the forum have been working together to port the complete Ubuntu Linux distro to a range of handsets.
This originated with fatsal‘s port to Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1, but support and development has grown substantially and the operating system is now working (with varying degrees of functionality) on several other devices.
The port operates very similarly to that of Android. Users must put the relevant system files into the root of their SD card, and run haret.exe to boot into Linux. WiFi support should be fixed for all devices, but the touchscreen must be used like a trackpad to move the cursor. Obviously, calls and texts cannot be made through Ubuntu as it is designed as a complete PC OS, not a mobile OS.
For your own device, please see the respective thread, read the given instructions very carefully (as they differ between devices) and remember to download the appropriate zImage:
Rhodium users should also read the Wiki entry on Ubuntu for Rhodium
Don’t worry if your device isn’t currently featured: the project is still growing and it is very likely to span to other devices in the coming weeks.