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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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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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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 14, 2012

Camera Mod for Xperia Ray Brings Fast Capture, Better Sound, and Smoother Video

Smartphone cameras have come a long way---from being mere spec entries in the mid 2000s, to the serious point-and-shoot competitors of today. While most smartphones today come equipped with pretty decent cameras for point-and-shoot purposes, there is often room for improvement. If you've got a Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray and want to add features like fast photo capture and smooth HD video recording with high quality stereo sound, we've got a mod for you. XDA Senior Member Rizal Lovins has taken MooDeD Camera...

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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 · 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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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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Former Writer · Mar 21, 2012

Xperia Ray Adreno GPU Driver Fixed, Re-Released

As many people already know, Sony has been releasing a lot of ICS Xperia Source Code recently. Coupled with Qualcomm's release of Adreno 2xx GPU drivers for ICS, developers of the Xperia line up have been up to their elbows in new code to play with. Not all code is perfect, however, and for some devices, namely the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, the GPU libraries proved problematic, causing a few bugs with the video driver with camera preview and video...

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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 · Mar 9, 2012

Bring Your Favorite Xperia Arc and Neo ROMs to the Xperia Ray

ROM development is a challenging and lengthy process. A number of developers have created tools to make the process a little easier, such as various kitchens, APK Tool, and APK Manager; but the down and dirty of ROM making still requires quite a bit of study to achieve. XDA Senior Member jjdoctor has contributed to new developers working on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray by releasing a method for people to port their favorite ROMs from the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and...

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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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Will Verduzco · Dec 15, 2011

Sony Ericsson Releases Official Alpha Build of Ice Cream Sandwich!

Remember way back when Sony Ericsson tried to convince us that their skinned version of Android 2.1 Éclair was better than Android 2.2 Froyo, and thus an upgrade to vanilla Froyo would actually be a downgrade? After that PR nightmare, we were all shocked when Android 2.3 Gingerbread was released for the X10 in a relatively timely manner. On behalf of the Sony Ericsson development team, XDA forum member KalleD has unleashed an official alpha build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for unlocked...

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