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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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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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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 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 · Mar 21, 2012

Tweaks from Other Devices that Work on Xperia Neo

One of the coolest things about hacking Android is cross compatibility between phones. With frameworks and system files being used over and over again by OEMs, it's becoming more and more likely your device is compatible with other devices from the same company. The Sony Ericsson Xperia line up shares a particularly diverse range of mods that they share among one another, as making it work on each phone requires little to no effort on the parts of developers. Make a...

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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 · 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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Former Writer · Feb 15, 2012

Guide to Root, Bootloader Unlock, and more with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

When a phone gets rooted, things can go a little haywire. The guide to get root is separate from the guide to unlock the bootloader and those are separate from the guide to install a custom recovery, etc. Then there comes the issue of not having the most popular phone out there and development isn't what it should be. Download links get broken, methods become old and things just go down hill. Well, thanks to people like XDA Senior Member...

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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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egzthunder1 · Oct 2, 2011

Play With Voltages On Your Xperia Neo and Arc With 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....

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egzthunder1 · Sep 7, 2011

Various Forums Added – LG Thrill 4G, Sony Xperia Neo, and HTC Jetstream

Just when you thought that we had had it with forum additions on this site, we go ahead and give you more places to play around here. In this last induction of devices into the XDA family, we are bringing one of each flavour... err, manufacturer. First, we added the Sony Xperia Neo, the latest one of the newly released Xperia family, which is a rather standard device for this day and age equipped with a 1 GHz processor, 512...

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orb3000 · Jun 30, 2011

Skype 2.0 With Video Support Ready for download

XDA member aoprea informed us about Microsoft's new acquisition: Skype. The latest version is now ready for download, supporting video calls. Unfortunately, not all devices are supported. In fact, only a few will be capable of using this: Google Nexus S HTC Desire S Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Sony Ericsson Xperia pro The latest version also features a major UI overhaul and SMS support. We wonder why it´s only supported on a few devices, having great phones with front facing...

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