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Samantha · Jan 16, 2014

Get the Sense 4 Recent Apps Look on Your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Neo and Pro

HTC Sense 4's approach to the recent apps interface function is probably the most unique and visually appealing of them all. As opposed to rather dull and stock(ish) vertically scrolling tiles of your recent apps, you get a full preview of an app, which you can swipe left or right to the next recent app---and all in snazzy 3D. And although it is true that this isn't the most efficient way of navigating to a recent app, not everything in...

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Samantha · Dec 7, 2013

2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Devices Taste Android 4.4 KitKat

Ever since Google unveiled Android's latest flavor, 4.4 KitKat, users have been on the edges of their seats, biting their fingernails in anticipation of trying it out on their own devices with an official update or with custom ROMs. This is no different for owners of the aging and relatively old Sony Ericsson Xperia devices of 2011, being the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Pro, Ray, Mini, Mini Pro, Active, Live, Neo and Neo V. Thanks to the efforts of XDA...

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Samantha · Apr 29, 2013

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...

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Samantha · Apr 3, 2013

Increase LED Brightness on the Xperia Arc, Arc S, and Pro

The LED light found on many devices may be the only indication of notifications for many users. The downside is that the LED light, by default, is neither bright nor noticeable---and it could certainly be brighter. Users of the Sony Xperia Arc, Arc S and Pro running CyanogenMod 10 however, are enjoying a significantly brighter LEDs and reaping the benefits of such a simple modification. Sure, those who want brighter LEDs can set custom brightness values through third party apps, but the...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 8, 2013

Add Your Favorite Mods on the Sony Xperia Arc

Not too long ago, we started covering how-to guides in the Epic 4G Touch section. These guides aimed to teach users and aspiring developers alike the ins and outs of messing with ROMs internals at the code level, as opposed to simply flashing zip files from recovery. The guides covered a few minor mods (features of TouchWiz ROMs on SGS3) that were mostly for eye candy and some functionality. However, the underlying point of them was not to make your...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Dec 25, 2012

Smart Settings, AOSP Style Lock Screen, and More on Several Sony Xperia Devices

Do you have a Sony Xperia Arc, Arc S, Neo, Neo V, Ray, Mini, Mini Pro, Active, Pro, Live with Walkman, or another similar Xperia series device from 2011? Why not add a whole bunch of goodies, including a feature-loaded Smart Settings app and AOSP-style lock screen? We've got just the right mod for you. XDA Senior Member gagan.u20 initially built this mod for his Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V, and has now shared it with us for all the aforementioned devices running...

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Former Writer · Sep 21, 2012

Unofficial AOKP Jelly Bean Ported to 14 Sony Xperia Devices

When it comes to multi-device releases, it doesn't get much more straightforward than a widespread Sony Xperia release. Given how close the hardware and software is between devices, it isn't overly difficult to get a single piece of software working on a number of devices. As such, unofficial AOKP Jelly Bean was ported to 14 Sony Xperia devices practically all at once. XDA Recognized Contributor championswimmer, on behalf of the KangXperiaProject, brings us the ROMs. However, many thanks go to...

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jerdog · Aug 22, 2012

Sony Beginning to Upgrade Many ICS Xperia Devices This Week

Sony has been one of the most proactive handset manufacturers as of late in releasing updates to their Android handsets, as we reported earlier this year. Now they're rolling out firmware updates for the Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia mini, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Xperia ray beginning this week. They had this to say on their Xperia Blog: Starting from this week, Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia mini, Xperia pro, Xperia...

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Former Writer · Aug 2, 2012

CM10 Alpha Builds for 7 Xperia Devices

The Sony Xperia line up has been rather busy in recent weeks. With the Xperia S lock screen being ported to five other Xperia devices and ICS AOKP getting ported to 16 Xperia devices, users have had a lot to do with their Xperia devices. The trend doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon, as over half a dozen Xperia devices now have CM10 ports. Specifically, the Sony Xperia Ray, Sony Xperia Neo/NeoV, Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S/Pro, and the...

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Former Writer · Jul 27, 2012

Xperia S Lock Screen Ported to Xperia Arc, Mini, Mini Pro, Active, Ray, Now With Shortcuts

Sony Xperia development is a whirlwind of sharing and porting. There seemingly isn't anything released on any given Xperia device that isn't eventually ported to the other Xperia devices. From the launcher, to apps, and many other things, the Sony Xperia line is the epitome of developmental sharing. That said, the Sony Xperia Arc as well as the Sony Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Active, and Ray have all received a port of the Sony Xperia S lock screen. XDA Senior...

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Former Writer · May 30, 2012

Latest ICS Build for Xperia Pro Leaked

Developers, start your engines. Or your computers. Or whatever you need to start to get ready to develop things. It seems that with every release of a new Xperia device, that device is immediately stripped down and ported to every other Xperia device out there. This is interesting both because of the inherent difficulties in porting proprietary components and also because when something new is released, everyone gets something new. And for anyone looking forward to checking out everything the...

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Former Writer · Mar 27, 2012

Mod Pack for Xperia Arc Brings Big Changes

With the release of the Sony Xperia S, the Xperia S UI and applications have been making their rounds to the other devices in the Xperia lineup. For those Xperia users who don't have some Xperia S love yet, just be patient. It's probably coming. For those holding on to their Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, your patience has paid off. XDA Forum Member pajoneer has released a self proclaimed big mod pack that includes a lot of goodies with many...

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Former Writer · Mar 9, 2012

Xperia Arc, Neo and Ray Receive 15-Button Status Bar

Some of the most underrated modifications that developers make  are the status bar widget modifications. Being able to pull the status bar down and change everything from 2G and 3G (on some phones, even 4G), turning Bluetooth and WiFi on and off and even having a flashlight toggle. XDA Senior Member hansip87 released a modification for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray that gives Ice Cream Sandwich users a 15-button status bar. The developer is also adapting the mod for the Sony...

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Former Writer · Mar 6, 2012

Modify Your Xperia Arc With Anywhere From 3 to 11 Home Screens

For most people, being able to change the number of home screens on their Android devices requires getting an aftermarket launcher application, such as ADW.Launcher or LauncherPro. However, some people enjoy the stock launchers that come on their phones, and would rather be able to customize it than replace it entirely. For those carrying the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, you can now literally crank it up to 11. Pun squarely intended. XDA Senior Member vr5411 has created a thread that has...

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Former Writer · Feb 26, 2012

Workaround for the Xperia Neo and Xperia Arc 0% Battery Issue

For the unaware, there is a bug for some Sony Ericsson Xperia phones---namely the Xperia Neo and the Xperia Arc---which causes the battery gauge to misread the charge as 0%. Though there is no inherent danger, the bug is still annoying. The bug primarily appears when users downgrade from 2.3.4 to 2.3.2. XDA Senior Member Bazoocaze has posted a workaround for the Neo and Arc to make the 0% bug a thing of the past. FuelGaugeApp fixes the 0% bug and...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 23, 2012

Sony Leading the Android Pack–Official ICS Beta Released for Xperia Models

It looks like ever since the second half of last year, manufacturers have begun approaching us with a lot more interest and with somewhat open arms. We have seen many things ranging from HTC going back on their locked bootloader initiative, to Samsung updating their repo's almost immediately upon new releases are in the wild, to even Asus releasing a tool to unlock the bootloaders on its infamous Transformer Prime. Whether they are getting into the community spirit or they...

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Former Writer · Feb 21, 2012

Full Touch Recovery Released for Some Sony Ericsson, Huawei and Samsung Phones

Choosing your recovery is a big deal. For most people, they're luck enough to get at least one good one and it's usually ClockworkMod Recovery. On other devices, though, users can have two, three up to half a dozen choices for their recoveries. For some select devices, they now even have the option for a touch recovery or a recovery you can use sans the hardware keys. XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD and XDA Senior Member Napster or Team UtterChaos have...

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Former Writer · Feb 4, 2012

Tool Gives Xperia Arc Users Ability to Unpack/Repack and Modify Image Files

Sometimes development can be fueled by nothing more than a well made tool or tutorial that gets people started. In most cases, it's some sort of kitchen that takes some of the hard parts of making a ROM and turns it into a simple menu option. In other cases, it's a 10 minute tutorial showing users what's what and how to do things. The latter is the case for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc users, as XDA Senior Member iridaki has...

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Former Writer · Jan 31, 2012

Auto Installer for Sony Xperia Line Helps Get ClockworkMod Recovery to Users Easier

Installing a recovery on a phone has the potential to be challenging. On some devices, it's as easy as flashing a kernel. On others, it's knowing how to use ADB in your command prompt (or terminal) to push the recovery to the correct partition and hope you didn't just turn your beautiful device into a very expensive paperweight. In either case, XDA Senior Member pvyParts and friends have posted an application that will install a recovery straight from the app...

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liwen · Dec 22, 2011

Sony Ericsson Announces Ice Cream Sandwich For 2011 Models

After Samsung, Sony Ericsson has also announced its plans for Ice Cream Sandwich updates. Also, not unlike Samsung, only its most recent models will get the update, exluding, for example, 2010's Xperia X10. If you've got a 2011 model, however, here's the schedule for the phased rollout: starting in late March, the Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray will get their skinned Android 4.0 goodness, while owners of the Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia mini...

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