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Posts Tagged: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Nine 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 produced mods that will allow anyone with the Xperia Arc to choose how many home screens they want—from 3 to 11.

The modifications are actually modified home.apk files that can be put onto the device and installed like any other apk, so there’s very little risk and it’s very easy to do. The developer has also been kind enough to post an original home.apk for anyone who wants to revert back who forgot to make a backup.

If you’d like to change the number of home screens on your stock launcher, head on over to the original thread, where you can find download links for 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 home screen configurations, additional information and screen shots.

zero percent

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 gives users accurate battery monitoring. Using it is very simple—just install it like you would any other 3rd party apk. The patch has also been integrated into several kernels, some of which are ICS friendly. Despite the ease of use, the method itself is a little convoluted and it’s very highly recommended that anyone who attempts this read the detailed FAQ featured in the Xperia Arc thread.

To alleviate the 0% blues, visit the Xperia Neo and Xperia Arc threads.

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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 simply want to get some help from some of the very talented individuals who roam this place is a question to which only them have the answer. Either way, we rip on the benefits of their recently new-found love for devs.

XDA member KalleD, who just so happens to be part of the Sony Ericsson Developer Program has created a few threads, letting the community know that they have successfully updated their previous alpha ICS into a beta ICS, which is good enough to be , not just a daily driver, but that has passed several internal Sony Ericsson quality checks. Several elements have been updated such as the UI, the launcher, the e-mail client, among a few others.

The dev has stated that they do indeed follow the work and comments on our community. So, if you happen to take the ROM for a spin and have good feedback to provide, please leave your comments in the thread.

In line with our goal to support the open XDA developer community, we want to give you the chance to try out our coming upgrade to ICS (Android™ 4.0) in this beta version. While the ICS alpha ROM was an early preview, the ICS beta ROM have passed some certifications such as Modem type approval.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks DooMLoRD for the tip!

Touch Recovery

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 been working hard to get their special blend of touch screen recovery out to as many phones as possible.

Currently, those carrying the Samsung Galaxy SL, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and the Huawei Ideos 6 can be a part of the touch recovery action.

The recovery features a very appealing tiled interface with some nice theming and all the features you’d expect out of a recovery. Additionally, you can use the hardware buttons if you’d like, you can tap directly on options or you can use touch buttons to navigate your way around the interface, giving users pretty much every possible usability option there is. Have we mentioned it looks really pretty? And with even more devices to come, there seems to be no end to the releases to keep your eyes peeled in the forums.

For those who have the Samsung Galaxy SL who want to give it a shot, you can check out the Galaxy SL thread, Xperia Play users can head on over to the Play thread, Xperia Arc users can hit up the Arc thread and for those toting the Huawei Ideos 6, you can find your version in the Ideos Thread. All threads contain additional info, download links and a video with a really nice soundtrack showing you how it works.

Xperia-Arc-S

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 taken the time to write an entire tutorial on unpacking, repacking and modifying the image files.

The pre-requisites are relatively simple to understand, and include:

Requirements:
1. Linux (any form will do, for example virtual box etc)
2. Perl (already included in Ubuntu, me thinks)
3. The Xperia Boot Tools package attached in this post
4. The mkbootimg binary (I already compiled it for Linux x86 and included it in the attachment)
5. Reading this post VERY VERY VERY carefully

From there, it’s a bunch of terminal commands that do the work for you. However, as long as you’re attentive and careful then you shouldn’t run into too many problems. And, as always, make sure you make a complete backup of your device before attempting to flash your work, just in case you skipped a step somewhere.

For those budding developers who want to give this process a try, you can check out the full tutorial in the original thread where you can also find discussions and additional information. Being ever so humble, iridaki has also said that if you manage to find any mistakes then you should post them in the thread so corrections can be made.

xperia cwm thing

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 itself. No need for computers, debug mode or any of the other potential problems some people may have with other methods. Says pvyParts:

This App will work with the 2011 Xperia porfolio. it will install CWM into the system partition so you can use recovery even with a locked bootloader!
The Recovery has been ported by nobodyAtall @xda for the Xperia phones!
All Credits to him!

all i did was bundle it into a nice easy installer. ( i also made some changes to the chargemon file to turn the LED on to signal when to pres your keys )

The development of this invaluable tool is ongoing, so if you give it a shot and experience some problems, make sure to report it so it can be fixed. The app has been posted in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc forums, but pvyParts says it’s compatible with the 2011 Xperia line up, so there may be hope for those carrying something other than the Arc.

For additional details, change logs, a full compatibility list, screen shots and discussion in the original thread found here. As always, make sure you do a full back up of your device if you can, just in case.

Sony-Ericsson-ICS-bring-up

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 and mini pro, Xperia pro and Xperia active will have to wait a month longer till late April.

Setxperia

There are several advantages on having a rooted device. One of them is that it allows you to install apps that would otherwise be barred by the device itself. The other advantage is that this allows you to do other fun things like making your device faster and/or more battery efficient. XDA member inteks has released a tool that he was working on for his Xperia Neo. Basically, this is like SetCPU but with a more dedicated focus on the Xperia devices. This program will allow you to change frequencies (overclocking), play with voltages (undervolting), and it also takes some functions from other similar apps like SetCPU, No Frills, and IncrediControl. You have to keep in mind that the heart of these functions do not lie in the app itself but rather in a custom kernel that enables all of these. So, if you have a rooted device running stock kernel, you will likely not be able to do much.

Please take it for a spin. The dev just recently released an updated version with several bug fixes, so please leave your feedback. Lastly (and as always), be careful when you play with the processor settings as this has the possibility of damaging your device.

Overclocking Undervolting System Tweaks Tool for Sony Erricson Xperia Neo Arc

now modified(and optimized) it to work with my NEO (arc play X10 X8 and maybe others should work too).

You can find more information in the original thread.

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xperiarebootoptionsv120

For the Xperia X10/X8/X10 mini and X10 mini pro owners out there, you might be aware that XDA forum members DooMLoRD and MrHassell have developed and app to provide some reboot options in a convenient menu.

The app currently features:

  • Widget icon
  • Fast power off
  • Reboot command is itself very fast and the device reboots much faster
  • Reboot into recovery or custom kernel

The XDA member states that the plan is to make an Arc/Play/Neo compatible version which will only have the Reboot and Power off version initially, but once recovery is working properly, it will be modified to support reboot into recovery.

For info and links to the current app, and to follow progress on support for the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo, head on over to the application thread.

sony-ericsson-logo1

Earlier today, we were informed that someone at Sony’s management was dropped on his/her head and started reasoning properly about the future of their devices. Well, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but the fact still remains the same. For those of you unaware of what went on earlier today, Sony Ericsson announced that they would unlock the bootloader for their upcoming devices (Play, Arc, Neo, and Pro). This news has sent a shock wave of happiness across the internet as devs started thinking that maybe Sony was finally going to drop their long lasting, tough stance against developers and hackers everywhere. However, everything has a caveat. As it turns out, the aforementioned devices will be bootloader unlocked, but not all of them. Whether they are unlocked or not will depend on quite a few factors including the market where the device will be sold, providers servicing that region, and much more. A very specific example is the fact that if the devices are SIM locked (meaning locked to a single GSM provider), the bootloader will remain locked. Now, if this last one is true…. that leaves only a handful of countries that will receive these goodies. For instance, while it is not impossible, it becomes complicated to buy a SIM unlocked (normally unbranded) device in the US, and when it is available, it costs an arm and a leg.

Other requirements include (but are not limited to):

  • Having 1 blue eye and 1 brown eye;
  • Tapping your heels and wishing you were home;
  • Placing your order by the time you were done reading this sentence.

Aside from the sarcastic tone, the point that we are trying to get across is the fact that Sony will have to realize eventually that moves like this are not beneficial either for them or for the development communities across the globe. If people get tired of Sony’s products because of limited access to their investments, they will look for greener pastures. And trust us, there are plenty of fish in the water.

What do you think that Sony’s next move should focus on? Do you think this was a small step in the right direction or a huge step in the fail directions? Please leave us your comments below.

By the way, for those of you that are eligible to get the “developer’s edition” device… happy modding!

You can find the whole story by Sony in the discussion thread.

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Thanks boalbert for the tip!

arc launcher

We always go crazy over new devices for several reasons. Whether it is specs, capabilities, or external looks, we always wonder what the device actually feels like when using it. The UI or launchers have become a distinctive fingerprint for most Android devices as each manufacturer seems to have their own flavor (HTC has Sense, Samsung has Touchwiz, and Motorola has Blur). Sony was not going to be left out of this picture, so with the introduction of the new Xperia Arc, they decided to roll out a new launcher as well. If you have seen it and would love to have it in your device, then you may want to swing by XDA member phoezies‘ thread. He has successfully extracted the launcher and has confirmed that it works for most Android devices with loaded with Eclair and later. XDA member backhead92 has also contributed to this project by making a modded, transparent version of this UI.

A rather large list of devices is supported by this launcher (various makes and resolutions). However, if you have any feedback regarding devices with bugs, please leave some feedback.

This is a official Launcher from Xperia Arc….. extracted from Sony Arc….
Launcher Working on Eclair , Froyo and Gingerbread Tested..
Confirmed Working On Stock Sony X10 Rom and Also on Every android Handset with Android 2.1, 2.2, 2.3. Nexus 1 , Nexus S , galaxy series, Optimus Series, Droid Series etc.

You can find more information in the launcher thread.

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Once again, the voices of the people have been heard by our administrators and as such we have added forums for development, general talks, and apps for 3 new devices (many of them not even out yet). The Motorola Milestone series adds yet another member to its clan with the Milestone 2. Other growing players in the mobile world are coming out with more advanced devices to try and compete with giants like HTC and Samsung, so we figured we would provide them with a good fighting chance as well. The Dell Streak 7 and the Sony Ericsson Arc, which will also be debuting soon, have been added as well. It is good to note that all three of these device manufacturers have implemented tougher than usual anti-rooting techniques in order to “protect” their devices. So, here is our chance to show them that “resistance is futile” :)

So, do you plan on getting any of these? If so, head over to the fora and share what you may have or know.

Go to the Milestone 2 Home.

Go to the Streak 7 Home.

Go to the Arc Home.

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