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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 10, 2012

View Contact Pictures in Style with InfiniteView Mod

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...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 7, 2012

Fix Xperia Play Touchpads and O Button Problems on CM9.x

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...

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Former Writer · Mar 22, 2012

Turn Your Xperia Play Into an Xperia S

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...

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Former Writer · Mar 19, 2012

PSXPeria Now Mostly Working for the Xperia Play

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...

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ElCondor · Mar 2, 2012

Editorial: Development of Dual-Boot Technology Unfortunately at a Standstill

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...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 25, 2012

Dual Boot Your Favorite ROMs on Your Xperia Play

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...

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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 20, 2012

Get Japanese Game Loco Roco on the Xperia Play

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. XDA Member w4lkm4n has devised a method that will get the Japanese game Loco Roco to anyone with a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play that...

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Former Writer · Feb 17, 2012

Get the Xperia Play Gaming Experience on the Xperia X10

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...

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Former Writer · Feb 14, 2012

Linux Tool Helps Users Generate Their Own Xperia Play Splash Screen

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...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 9, 2012

CPSEmu Brings CPS2 Games to Android

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...

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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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mic_888 · Jun 20, 2011

Reboot Options App For Xperia Variants

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...

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mic_888 · Jun 5, 2011

Camera Mod For Xperia Play

If you're an owner of a Sony Xperia Play, you might have thought that using the R button makes sense when using the camera. However this is not an option on the stock camera. Luckily, XDA forum member Zoop57 has thought about this and modified the app to enable the R button as the shutter button for taking photos and recording videos. not only that but the XDA member has also enable the L button to act as focus in...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 22, 2011

Rooting Your (Xperia) PLAY as Easy as Child’s Play?

Not too long ago, our own talented news writer mic_888 covered the Sony Xperia PLAY launch event. Now it looks like the device has just been rooted. In typical XDA fashion, we just have to provide you with an easy way. Thanks to XDA forum member Bin4ry's latest how-to guide, it looks like the answer to this article's title is a resounding YES! You are now just three easy steps from rooting your Xperia PLAY. 1. Unlock Bootloader Stick to lollylost100's Tutorial...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 10, 2011

Goodies Extracted and Ported from Xperia Play

Our ever growing list of add-ons and UI elements to make our devices unique keeps growing as time goes by. Sometimes, making them unique means to take things from several different places and combining them into one. XDA member myth999 started a thread with the extraction of the upcoming Sony Xperia Play's PSP classic live wallpaper. But it seems that this thread has evolved into something else. You will find in the following posts to the opening post, some of...

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mic_888 · Apr 1, 2011

XDA-Developers Attends Xperia Play Launch Event

So, XDA-Developers was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Sony Xperia Play Launch Event in London tonight, giving us hands on time with the much anticipated new Android gaming phone! The event was actually in a nightclub set up in a warehouse in the centre of London, with loud thumping music that all the geeks were straining over in the dark and dry ice in order to hear the Sony reps. However, this did not stop us from...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 29, 2011

Bootloader for Sony Xperia Devices to Come Unlocked… Somewhat

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...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 25, 2011

EVO 3D and Xperia Play Forums Added

It looks like after almost a year of stagnation on handset designs and improvements, every other manufacturer has taken technology into high gear. In the upcoming months, we will see devices with unique capabilities that will likely re-shape how we see and do things with our phones. Accounting for such a change, we decided to add the latest devices announced at CTIA: the HTC EVO 3D and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The first is HTC's entry into the stereoscopic...

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