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Posts Tagged: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

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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.

Camera Mod For Xperia Play

June 5, 2011   By:

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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 photo mode.

There does appear to be a current bug where the shutter button on the screen remains highlighted until you tap the screen but the XDA member has started that this may be resolved in future.

The mod has been bundled up into an application, which is available for free on the Market. For further information including a link to the app, head on over to the modification thread.

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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

2. Download my package:
R800i WORLD .184

Open a Terminal (on windows Start->Run->cmd)

Now copy the downloaded package to the location of fastboot you used for unlocking.
Enter this command:

Windows:
fastboot flash system YOURDOWNLOADEDFILE.img

Linux:
fastboot -i 0x0fce flash system YOURDOWNLOADEDFILE.img

Mac:
fastboot-mac -i 0x0fce flash system YOURDOWNLOADEDFILE.img

Now wait until its done.

3. REBOOT & ENJOY

While one of these steps actually involves the 12-step (see: ORD Anonymous) bootloader unlocking process by XDA forum member lollylost100, it still is quite easy. If you’re one of the lucky ones with a PLAY, be sure to continue on to the original thread.

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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 Sony’s UI elements being extracted and with the ability to be installed in other devices running a minimum of Froyo (Android 2.2) or later. One of such apps is Timescape, which is classic to most Xperia devices. This is supposed to work fine for most devices running Froyo or over, but you will need to modify your build.prop to make the system think that your device is actually a SE device. The latest revision of the app has fixes for devices with LDPI screens.

If you find this useful or if you have anything that you may want to add, please be sure to let the dev know by posting some feedback.

FULLY FUNCTIONAL TIMESCAPE RETAIL ARC VERSION FOR ALL DEVICES & ALL FROYO+ ROMS ONLY

LAST UPDATE 05/04/2011 ICON RESOLUTION FIX FOR LDPI DEVICES

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE TIMESCAPE STILL DOWNLOAD AND FLASH RELEVANT ZIP FILE POSTED HERE THEN YOUR FONT WILL BE FIXED

NOTE : KINDLY CHANGE YOUR BUILD.PROP FILE OTHERWISE FB AND TWITTER WONT WORK IN TIMESCAPE

You can find more information in the original thread.

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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 trying out the funky new phone.

The Xperia Play runs Gingerbread and feels pretty smooth and responsive switching from home screen to home screen and launching apps. The phone itself feels quite light and plasticky but sturdy at the same time. The slide mechanism in particular felt smooth and stable. The FWVGA screen is bright and vivid although one of the Sony reps told me that the Play does not sport any Bravia technology like the Arc.

The Play is roughly the same size as an HTC Desire, but slightly thicker with the control pad.

The battery cover as has been publicised is rather tricky to remove and unfortunately the SIM card and SD card slot are located at the top of the phone under the battery cover .

Once the screen is slid open, Sony’s Xperia Play app opens up and a choice of games are presented where you can scroll horizontally to the game of your choice and launch. I was told that the games range from £1 to £10, so not ‘break the bank’ money although some may think £10 is a lot for a mobile platform game. Spiderman was easy to control and anyone familiar with any Playstation controls will find the Play intuitive to game on, with the standard left and right buttons at the ‘top’ of the Play and the keypad and buttons in the usual place. Having said that, the control pad also features a pair of ‘control sticks’ in the centre, which I found to be too close together to game in any comfort.

The Play also comes with some cool widgets, one of which is the Playstation pocket widget that places a small or large icon on your homescreen from where you can launch your favourite games. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try out the game store as this does not officially launch until tomorrow. Apparently, this is also when developers can also submit their own games (so I was informed).

All in all, a great phone but a tad on the light side with a cheaper feel about it. Let’s see how much of the market Sony can pick up. What do you think?

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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!

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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 camera world (much like the LG Optimus 3D), but that is only the tip of the iceberg as this device, much like its predecessor (EVO 4G) is a mobile powerhouse with quite impressive specs and fixes on flaws that were present in the EVO 4G (physical hardware camera button and a higher capacity battery… thank you HTC!). The other device is the offspring of a PSP Go and an Xperia phone, so you can take it as phone capabilities being added to the Go, or gaming capabilities being added to an Android device. Either way you look at it, it is bound to be an interesting device, to say the least!

Have anything to share about any of these two devices? Please leave a comment!

You can visit the EVO 3D home here.

You can visit the Xperia Play home here.

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