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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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egzthunder1 · May 20, 2013

Serajr Power Toggles Brings Settings to the Small App World

Ever since the introduction of multi-window with things like Cornerstone and floating apps, there has been a somewhat radical change in the overall Android UI. Granted, not everyone can take advantage of this as most manufacturers do not include such features in their brand UI experience. Samsung is one of the only ones that actually does this with their multi window capabilities. Not too long ago, Sony decided to jump in the bandwagon with their own concept of multi-window usage...

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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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Former Writer · Dec 30, 2012

Jelly Bean Toggles, Status Bar Mods, and More for Xperia Mini, Pro, Active, Ray

Many modifications are maintained for an extended period of time. However, sometimes mods are forgotten for a while and resurface with exciting changes. After all, new features on older apps can deliver an total facelift. Now, there is a modification for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Active, and Ray that's making a comeback. XDA Senior Member serajr has updated a modification that first began back in July. Since then, it has been updated to bring some Jelly Bean-like...

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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 · Nov 3, 2012

Camera Quality Mod for Xperia Ray, Active, Mini, and Mini Pro

Making cameras better than they actually are has been kind of a trend here at XDA, as seen on the International Galaxy Note and the Nexus 7, among many others. Now there is a new mod for the Sony Xperia Ray, Active, Mini, and Mini Pro that adds a few new features. This mod was released by XDA Senior Member Rizal Lovins. There may be some confusion because Rizal Lovins actually released a different camera mod for the Xperia Ray...

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Former Writer · Oct 25, 2012

Xperia T Applications Ported to Xperia 2011 Lineup

Another Sony Xperia device was released recently. If you're unfamiliar with the development culture of Xperia devices, that means that everything on the new Xperia device will be ported to every other Xperia device in short order. For now, though, the Sony Xperia Ray, Active, Mini, and Mini Pro have gotten a port of some Sony Xperia T goodies. XDA Recognized Themer Pranav110089 has released a decently sized package of Xperia T goodies for the older Xperia devices. The initial...

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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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Former Writer · Aug 25, 2012

ROM Hub for Xperia 2011 Lineup Brings All of the Goodies

It seems as though no device's development is complete without a toolkit. Many devices have them, and many of them are compatible with more than one device. Some are pretty well known too, such as mskip's Samsung Universal Toolkit or hasoon2000's HTC toolkits. Despite being well known for cross device development sharing, there isn't yet such a toolkit for the Sony Xperia 2011 lineup. Looking to fill that hole is ROM Hub. Developed by XDA Senior Member xdevilium, the toolkit...

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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 20, 2012

Xperia GX Launcher Finds New Home with Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Active, Ray

Given the extreme sharing nature of the Sony Xperia lineup, it was only a matter of time before the recently released Sony Xperia GX had its software ported to every other Sony Xperia device. Thus, the Sony Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Active, and Ray all got a port of the Docomo app from the GX. Posted to the forums by XDA Senior Member Till-Kruspe, the Docomo application is essentially the launcher from the GX, along with some applications on the side. Unfortunately,...

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Former Writer · Jul 12, 2012

ICS Walkman Port for the 2011 Sony Xperia Lineup

In the past, we brought you news of the ICS Walkman app port to a couple of devices and the Walkman app ported to MDPI Xperia phones running Gingerbread. With the popularity of the Walkman port growing, so too is the number of devices it is ported to. With the Gingerbread port already solidly in place, the next step was porting the music application to Ice Cream Sandwich for the same devices. The app is available for the Sony Xperia 2011 line...

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Former Writer · Jun 5, 2012

Auto Bloat Remover Tool Released for Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, and Active

Bloatware sucks. It takes up space and is usually comprised of applications that no one wants. Even worse, in some cases, it even runs in the background constantly and causes diminished battery life and performance. While some carriers and OEMs have recently begun curbing this nasty habit, many older devices will never get this improved treatment. That's one of the many reasons why users root their phones. However, many users aren't always sure which applications are safe to remove. This...

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jerdog · Apr 14, 2012

Sony Kicks Off ICS Updates to 2011 Xperia Line

In a world where it would seem handset manufacturers balk at rolling out new Android OS updates to their entire line (e.g. Samsung's stance on the Galaxy S series), Sony continues to step up to the plate. By doing so, they become the first carrier in the industry to release ICS to an entire line of devices. Beginning yesterday, they have made available the ICS updates for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland...

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Former Writer · Apr 4, 2012

720p, 10 Mbps Video Recording for Much of the 2011 Xperia Lineup

While camera quality may not be the key determinant as to which phone to buy, it's always nice to know that your camera can shoot decent footage or pictures in a pinch. Some users, however, do depend on their phones to double as their camera. For those people, any camera modification that makes things a little better or easier is always a good thing. Thankfully, many phones in the 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia Lineup now have a mod to deliver 10 Mbit, 720p...

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