July 4, 2014 By: Samantha
The Jolla phone has been out for a while now, and running Sailfish OS, it presents itself as a fresh and interesting alternative what we’ve all gotten used to over the years—albeit it has heritage in the more primitive MeeGo previously. Normally, those who are looking to give Sailfish a go would have to either get some hands on experience with the Jolla phone themselves or wait around for a port to their current device. But because both of these options may not be possible, it’s good to see that folks can now be able to experience a large part of the OS with the recently ported Sailfish launcher.
Ported by XDA Forum Member riyono, the Sailfish launcher is compatible with any device running Android 4.2 or newer, and seems to be mostly working as it should. The navigation of the launcher is exactly the same as what you would do on a Jolla phone, that is, swiping from the edges of the screen to access the app drawer, lock screen, and going back to the previous screen. Normally, there would be no navigation buttons at all, but because the port is still in its alpha phase, the Android navigation buttons still persist in the launcher.
The Sailfish launcher is definitely something worth trying out if you’ve been seriously considering purchasing a Jolla phone, or even if you’re simply curious about its unique user interface. So if you have a compatible Android device and want to give this a go, check out the original thread for more information.
June 12, 2014 By: Samantha
It seems like the latest feature to find its way into almost all modern flagship smartphones is 4K video recording. This began with the Acer Liquid S2, and has now made its way to recent flagships from Samsung, LG, and Sony—this being the Galaxy S5, G3, and Xperia Z2, respectively. As with any other new feature found on the latest devices, owners of previous flagships may find themselves longing for the added features. Luckily, Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact can now enjoy some of this on their own devices.
Thanks to the collective efforts of XDA Senior Members shem2409 and Riyal, Forum Member lagalaga, and Recognized Contributor olokos, a port of the Xperia Z2′s 4K video recording has been developed for the Z1 and Z1 Compact. In addition to 4K recording capabilities, the port also allows you to record video with 120 frames per second with the Timeshift camera app.
In order to install this port, you’ll need your Xperia Z1 or Z1 Compact to be rooted, deodexed, and have the SuperUser mod installed. Once you’ve checked off this list, all you need to do is flash the provided ZIP package through a custom recovery. As of right now, SteadyShot mode in 4K resolution does not work and hence has been disabled temporarily. Other than that, however, the mod seems to be fully functional with all known bugs ironed out. The next device planned to receive a 4K and 120 FPS port is the Xperia Z Ultra, since it shares the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, so owners of this phablet potentially have something to look forward to in the future.
If you’re interested in checking out the mod yourself, head over to the original thread for more information. If you’ve already installed the mod, be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments as well as the mod discussion thread here.
May 28, 2014 By: Samantha
One of the most popular methods of booting multiple ROMs on an Android device we’ve seen in the past few years is through MultiROM, a program originally developed by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar for the Nexus 7. With a number of unofficial ports to multiple other devices such as the Sony Xperia M and the HTC Droid DNA, it’s with no surprise that we see another device has followed suit.
This time, an unofficial port arrives to to the HTC One X courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor Thunder07. This port allows owners of the One X to load multiple ROMs without with the need to backup, wipe, and restore previous ROMs. It also allows you to restore backups of individual ROMs you’ve made with TWRP without hassle.
Installation consists of flashing the provided ZIP files through a custom recovery, but before you do so, make sure you either set your device to S-Off or have an unlocked bootloader, and understand how KL Zeus works. Thunder07 provides some simple instructions for adding and removing ROMs, and switching kernels, as well as a simple ZIP package that you can flash if you want to remove MultiROM from your device.
So, if you’ve been waiting for a MultiROM port to come along to your HTC One X, be sure to head over to the original thread to get started.
Almost every OEM has its own specific set of branded applications. HTC has its Sense UI and related apps and Samsung has TouchWiz, which makes running KitKat on the International Galaxy S III “impossible.” These applications can be used with other ROMs, but they requiring some work. On XDA, we call it porting and you can find many of such applications located in various forums.
With PortedAPP by XDA Forum Member APP-Maker, you can now use OEM-specific applications on other devices without effort. All you need to do is run the app, select an OEM, and download your desired application, ready to install. The current list of supported apps includes those from OEMs like Samsung, Sony, and Nokia. CyanogenMod- and MIUI-specific apps are also included. Root is not required, and every application runs flawlessly on most devices. Essentially, this application a database with applications ported from other devices/ROMs.
You can find out more by taking a trip over to the application thread.
People may not realize it much, but this fascination with larger screen sizes on smartphones isn’t all smiles for every techie out there. One of the best devices of 2013, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, has a downside that small-handed users simply cannot get over that easily: its 5-inch screen. Yes, there is a Galaxy S 4 Mini made especially for them, but many understandably do not want to compromise top-of-the-line specs for a ‘Mini’ version. It’s simply not the same.
Don’t worry though, as XDA Forum Member Tamerlan2009 has you guys covered with a port of the One-Handed mode exclusive to the Note line of devices. Ported from the Galaxy Note 3, all features of the One-Handed mode work as they should, including scale and position adjustment for all screens, the keyboard, the lock screen, and Hand-Adaptive mode. The port works only on Galaxy S 4 devices running deodexed firmwares, and as of right now, can only be installed by manually transferring the ported files to the /system partition.
So if you’ve been waiting for something that enables you to use your Galaxy S 4 easily with one hand, head over to the original thread to get started right now.
March 26, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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.
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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.