September 10, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
If you own a Sony Ericsson Xperia device, you’ve surely noticed your contact pictures getting stretched or cut off in the contacts app. While it doesn’t exactly cause any functionality loss, it definitely spoils the aesthetics of the interface. Luckily, you can now fix this issue and even apply a slick gradient to your contact pictures with the InfiniteView Contact Picture Mod.
This mod was created by XDA Forum Member AeonWorld, who shared it with us here on XDA. As you can see, the mod makes the contact pictures large squares. It is recommended to use a Facebook sync app to pull high-res pictures of your contacts for better results. The gradient variant of the mod adds a nice grey gradient to the bottom half of the pictures, as you can see in the title image.
You can find the download links and instructions in the forum thread.
UPDATE: Proper credit has been given to the creator of the modification.
September 7, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
For all the mobile gaming enthusiasts out there, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the perfect combination of a handheld gaming console and an Android phone. With its touchpads and Playstation buttons, playing games on the device is a PSP-like experience. But what happens when you flash a custom ROM like CyanogenMod 9 or 9.1 and find yourself stuck with malfunctioning touchpads and the O button? XDA Forum Member santiis2010 found himself in a similar situation and discovered a very simple solution to it.
The reason for this problem is that the device is identified incorrectly in the build.prop of CM9/9.1. The product model is defined as ‘Play,’ the product brand as ‘Sony,’ and the product name as ‘R800i.” Instead, these are supposed to be ‘R800i’, ‘Sony Ericsson,’ and ‘Xperia Play,’ respectively. The fix involves editing the build.prop and replacing the incorrect information.
Note that this fix does not work on all games, and the O button fix applies to FPse only. However, working for some games is definitely better than not working for any game.
For more information, head over to the forum thread.
Running one Android phone’s skinned UI on a different Android phone is always an interesting experience. Experiencing what owners of a different device feel in comparison to what you’re already using can not only be useful for a possible future jump to a different device, but it’s always cool to show your friends the real versatility of Android.
For users carrying the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, you can now run most of the UI and applications from the Sony Xperia S, should you so choose. XDA Forum Member jjkkyu has ported many of the components of the Xperia S interface to the Xperia Play for users to check out.
The mod includes the following Xperia S components:
1.Xperia S style UI.
2.Xperia S home lancher(modded to seven pages).
3.Xperia S system app icons.
4.Xperia S style phonebook, credit to Soheil_rf.
5.Xperia S music player(Equilizier, SenseMe, Stereo, xLOUD all working).
6.Xperia S Timescape and new Timescape widgets.
7.Xperia S weather, switch tool, clock, music, smartcontacts widgets.
8.Xperia S brower, email, calender, clock, calculator, power saver.
9.Xperia S system default wallpapers.
10.Xperia S system default livewallpapers(CosmicFlow & LiveEarth).
11.Xperia S boot animation(Xperia logo).
12.Xperia S closing charge animation.
13.Xperia S Chinese keyboard.
14.Xperia S lockscreen slidebar and time display adjustment.
15.Xperia S system default themes.
16.Xperia S style browser.
The mod also features working Timescape and the ability to restore the home screens to 5 screens. The mod itself comes in the form of a recovery-flashable update.zip, so installation is a breeze.
For additional info, full changelog, feature list and download links, check out the modification thread.
The PSXPeria Project is one of those pieces of software that isn’t very well known, but one that everyone who owns a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play should have. The premise, as stated in its Github:
This tool will take a PSX image that you legally own and convert it to be playable on the Xperia Play with the emulator extracted from the packaged game “Crash Bandicoot.”
For those who don’t quite know what that means, it basically says that this software will take any legally owned PSX image and make it work on the Xperia Play. Who doesn’t want that? XDA Senior Members fma965 and Masters2150 have worked diligently together, along with some help from some others, to bring Xperia Play users the PSXPeria software.
The software itself appears to be pretty straight forward and easy to use. Simply open up the GUI, follow the instructions and the program will convert the PSX image into the appropriate format to be used on the Xperia Play. For those who have trouble understanding the written instructions posted by Masters2150, fma965 has also posted a very thorough and helpful video tutorial to help users get it done. They have also posted a full list of games that have been proven to be compatible with PSXPeria and that list should keep growing as users try it out and see the results.
Additional info, download links, the full story of how this application came to be and, most importantly, the full list of shout outs to those who helped can be found in the PSXPeria thread. There’s no root required, and these games can be installed and uninstalled without messing with any system files.
March 2, 2012 By: ElCondor
Perhaps you remember the days of the very first Android ports to Windows Mobile phones such as the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC HD2. Beside the fact that this groundbreaking development was one of the factors that ultimately led to the end of Windows Mobile development on XDA, it did bring some innovative features to the table. Dual boot for example. It was revolutionary to be able to choose between Android and Windows Mobile. After a few months, when people started to move to newer phones, and this innovation ultimately got buried under the huge
mess mass of development for Android phones.
It seems there is currently only limited active development for a dualboot system for native Android phones. There have been projects in the past, for example for the Samsung Galaxy S II, Droid Eris, Xperia Play and LG GT540, but it seems development is more focused on individual ROMs nowadays. Multi-device development – and yes, we use the word development a lot – is more and more subject to development on individual devices. In the past, developers collaborated to put together something great (Ervius Visual Kitchen, anyone?). The Android port to Windows Mobile, called XDANDROID, and the dual boot innovation are just few of the many examples of this.
Although it isn’t a bad thing that developers have a strong focus at individual ROM development, we probably all share the dreams of being able to boot into a clean, battery-saving and light-weight Ice Cream Sandwich ROM while also having the option to boot into another ROM, one that might be an experimental ROM or a ROM that is more focused on performance. Or any other combination. The open-source Android OS allows for many dramatic changes to be made to its structure, dualboot on Android has been proven to work on the Droid Eris, so why hasn’t development started yet? Why seems development of such innovative systems at a standstill? I say we fire up that innovation engine as soon as possible.
Anyone with on XDA will have undoubtedly gone through quite a few different ROMs in their respective devices. More often than not, this is partially due to us never being completely happy with a single one. It could be because the theme doesn’t necessarily appeal to us, or maybe a you need to use a ROM due to a certain feature, such as EPST on Sense ROMs. For this purpose, there is always the option of dual booting (assuming that your device can do it) What if you could just switch back and forth ROMs easily on your Xperia Play? Lets say that you are torn between rooted stock and AOSP but you really cannot make up your mind on which one to use daily. Well, thanks to the efforts of XDA member KeiranFTW, you now have the ability to switch between two ROMs at your leisure. The dev has prepared a specialty kernel that will allow the device to have the option to dual boot from SD card.
The installation process is neatly laid out for anyone who can read and understand ADB commands, so missing out a step is really not an option unless you are not paying attention. As an added bonus, it seems that the EXT2 image that must be used after partitioning the SD card will give your device a nice I/O boost, which can be seen in Quadrant scores. All files, instructions, and requirements are in the OP, so please read it carefully.
If you have any feedback or suggestions for the dev, please make sure that you leave them on the thread.
How to dualboot:
What you will need:
An SD Card
7zip or alternative(Archive manager on linux is good)
Notepad++(gedit is good)
You can find more information in the kernel thread.
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February 23, 2012 By: egzthunder1
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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February 21, 2012 By: Former Writer
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.
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.
They may not surprise most people, but not all games that are made in Japan make it out of Japan. Sure, they’re released there, but no one wants to spend the time and money to translate them and send them on their way to other countries. That, however, doesn’t mean that we don’t still want them.
The method is relatively easy to implement and involves installing a modded version of PSpocket and Pstore along with a quick tweak to the build.prop to change your phones internal model. From there it’s simply doing some navigation and it’s all yours. The entire game is in Japanese, so if you intend on reading anything in the game, you’re out of luck, but w4lkm4n has been kind enough to post a picture aided guide for those who can’t read Japanese so everyone can get it properly working.
If you’d like to play Loco Roco on your Xperia Play, despite its lack of English translation, check out the original thread for the full, step by step method, along with screenshots and download links for the modded files. As always, make a backup before attempting.
February 17, 2012 By: Former Writer
As virtually everyone knows, one of the coolest features of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is, without a doubt, it’s ability to play Playstation games. The capacity to play old favorites on an Android phone and have that nifty controller just sounded like such a good idea. The sad part being that not many other phones can share in the Playstation love.
For users of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you can kiss those days of incompatibility goodbye. XDA Senior Member DiKeJ has been able to successfully port the Playstation certifications and the Xperia Play launcher to the X10, allowing users the same look, feel and access to Playstation games that the Xperia Play has.
The modification is pretty straightforward and only requires that you’re rooted and have your favorite file manager ready. Just take the .jar files, place them in the appropriate folders, reboot and install the attached apk and you’re off to the races. There are a couple of setbacks and unintended features, as DiKeJ notes:
*Info#1 – Tested on 2.3.3 ROMs, don’t know if this work on other.*
*Info#2 – It can improve performance of ROM and free RAM a little, that’s beacuse of some comends/scripts. Cheers.*
So if you’re toting an Xperia X10 and want some Xperia Play Playstation goodness, head on over to the original thread for complete instructions, download links and, once completed, fun like you can only get from a Playstation game.
February 14, 2012 By: Former Writer
Splash screens have a varied reaction. Some people love them, some people barely notice they’re there. For most people who enjoy flashing ROMs, the splash screen is often looked at more than their home screens are and they want it to be something they can consider eye candy.
For those toting around the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and are running Linux, you now have the ability to create your own. XDA Senior Member KieranFTW has released a tool for Linux users that converts ordinary png files into the proper format to use as a custom splash screen.
The process is relatively simple and is virtually harmless to the device. Just throw a few commands into the terminal, run the script and you get a hot off the press RLE file ready to be installed onto the phone. As KieranFTW states:
I created a set of scripts for converting RLE splash image files into PNG files, vice versa.
So if you find a splash screen you almost like and want to edit it, the script allows for backwards conversion so it can be altered. As usual, create a backup first just in case something goes horrifically wrong.
For anyone who wants to give the script a shot, you can find the commands needed, the download links and full instructions in the original thread.
If you were an arcade gamer back in the late ’90s or early ’00s, you will undoubtedly remember Marvel vs. Capcom. If that wasn’t quite up your alley, how about Super Street Fighter 2? No dice? What about Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter? In any case, these games are tied together because they all run on the legendary CP System II arcade board (commonly referred to as CPS2).
Now, thanks to XDA forum member Cpasjuste, we can relive this snippet from the Golden Era of 2-dimensional fighters on our Android-powered mobile devices. CPSEmu is a CPS2 emulator that should be compatible with the vast majority of CPS2 games. Furthermore, today’s revision to v1.1 adds performance optimization and Android 3.0+ compatibility. Xperia PLAY owners are in for a special treat, as the game is compatible with its hardware controls.
In the words of the developer:
CPSEmu is a Capcom CPS2 emulator for android. Play your favorites CPS2 games like Marvel Vs. Capcom, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Progear, Mars Matrix and more on your android device.
– Use the same GUI as my NeoGeo emulator “NeoDroid”, so “NeoDroid” will benefit of all the changes added for this release.
– You can put your roms anywhere on your device, but a cache file is created for every (parent) games in a “cache” forlder in your roms directory. If you move your roms, move that folder too.
– CPSEmu use a cache file when running, if you have some slowdown in the emulation, try to move your roms on another partition/sdcard.
– Thanks to frandroid for providing an xperia play device to improve/add control code/compatibility
Proceed to the application thread to relive some of the better gaming moments of yesteryear.
December 22, 2011 By: liwen
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.