Some devices are simply legendary. This isn’t a matter of age, tech specs, size, and so on. Rather, they are great devices with tons of development support that are still used after many have moved on to newer devices. Obviously there’s the legendary HTC HD2, but another such device is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, the company’s first “real” flagship.
Despite having a locked bootloader, the X10 received some serious love from developers. Needless to say that XDA Recognized Developer FXP (known back then as jerpelea) started rewriting system libraries. As a result, FreeXperia started to support more and more devices. And now, almost every Sony phone has a custom version CyanogenMod baked by FXP, Kali-, and the crew. The X10 community was the birthplace of many XDA legends, many of whom are still active here on XDA.
The X10 simply refuses to die, and now its users can enjoy custom versions of KitKat thanks to XDA Senior Member Tof37, who decided to create custom builds on top of the old 2.6.29 kernel. Quite a bit doesn’t work, but having KitKat booting on this device is something really amazing for such an old device.
If you still have your Xperia X10 lying somewhere and gathering dust, this might be the moment to give this amazing device some of Google’s latest sweetness. More information can be found in its development threads.
January 18, 2013 By: Former Writer
On many older devices, most developers focus on updating the device to the latest version of Android. As we’ve seen before, really old devices are still getting updates. Does that mean that development comes to a halt for those stuck on stock ROMs? Not at all. Sony Xperia X10 users now have a camera mod for their stock ROM to help make the most of the device’s 8MP shooter and Zeiss glass.
The mod was released by XDA Senior Member FeraVolt. It adds several fun features to the camera, while improving the overall camera experience. In addition, there are some mods to try to help improve general phone performance as well. The feature list includes:
- AudioShutter Fix
- FPS Uncap
- Enchanced Bass
- Init.d autorunner
- Updated Busybox
- One init.d tweak:
- Increased JPEG quality
- Enabled support of Bravia Engine
- Misc encoder tweaks
- Vm CacheDrop
- Panorama tweaks
- Modified Camera App:
- Changed all res images to newer ones
- Decreased camera wait delay
- Decreased Video service delay
- Increased Sound Quality
- Increased Image capturing speed
- Decreased Face Detection delay
- App Opening speed increased
- Video Capturing quality increased
- Audio Codec quality increased
- DoubleChannel audio recording (but mono sound)
- Image quality increase
- Decreased all possible UI delays
- Decreased all possible HW-SW i/o relation delays
- Audio quality set to original in apk (was causing problems)
- Recent media thumbnail quality increased
- Fixed init.d tweak
- Added another Panorama capturing app
- Added NeoReader app
- Raised Video capturing fps limit from 24 to 30
It’s a really long feature list for a simple camera mod, and many will find the increased camera quality and panorama mods to be especially pleasing. If you’re still on a stock Xperia X10 ROM and want to improve camera performance, as well as apply some additional tweaks, this is a good mod to try out.
For more information, go to the camera mod thread.
December 8, 2012 By: David Watt
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 owners can start to get excited, as the device now has a CyanogenMod 10 ROM, albeit in a very pre-alpha state. With only 384 MB of RAM and a single core 1 GHz CPU, the Xperia X10 is one of those devices you just don’t expect to see running Android’s latest 4.1 Jelly Bean.
XDA Senior Member scritch007 is the developer responsible for the ROM. Having previously released CyanogenMod 9 for the X10, he is using the same knowledge in order to get the CM10 ROM up and running.
The ROM is in a beta state, so it’s safe to assume it’s not ready for every day use quite yet. There are a number of main issues listed:
But to counter that, there is also a large list of working features:
Due to the fact that scritch007 is still in fact working on the CM9 ROM, development on the CM10 ROM may take time, so don’t expect it to be fully functional anytime soon.
If you want to try the ROM in it’s alpha state, or feel you can help develop it further, check out the ROM thread.
One of the coolest things about guides and tutorials on XDA is that many of them can be used on multiple Android devices. Usually, it’s a modification or a script that can be installed on devices with similar hardware and software but sometimes a truly fun guide or tutorial is compatible for pretty much everyone.
This is the case with a method posted by paul-xxx, who originally posted the process to allow users of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to compile ICS from source using a method originally posted by Dastin1015. The first half of the process, however, can be extrapolated for just about anyone who wants to give compiling Android Ice Cream Sandwich a shot. For aspiring developers, compiling AOSP is always one of the big challenges to overcome.
However, the process is difficult and will require, at the very least, Linux and a minimum of 25GB of storage open to compile a full build so if you’re running low on hard drive space or are rocking a PC or Mac set up, you should probably pass this up for right now. Another thing to keep in mind, in the words of the developer:
This will NOT make a fully functional ROM, but will give you a place to start. Also I CANNOT fix every error you run into.
In other words, you’ll need some troubleshooting skills if you plan on attempting this. Also, keep in mind that about half of the tutorial is for the Xperia X10 only, so if you don’t have one and you’re going through this compiling process, be sure you remember to stop when you get the Xperia X10 portion of the tutorial.
For anyone who wants to give it a shot, you can find the full tutorial in its original thread. This is a great opportunity for aspiring developers to learn how to compile from source.
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.
Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular forums and their individual stages in progress. Should your device not be listed below, you can always visit your device’s development forum on XDA and search for any ROMs listed with “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Check out our list! READ ON »
Looks like the end of the year is not coming without joy for thousands of people and members of the xda community. In this particular case, we see that the Xperia X10 owners are getting their hands on the future of Android a little early in the game. Sony devices getting unofficial updates is particularly a joyous occasion as they are normally, along with Motorola device owners, among the last to normally get their hands on any kind of useful ports, mainly due to the ridiculous locks placed on these devices by manufacturers. Despite all this, the great devs on the X10 are able to bring you the best of the latest from Google. XDA Recognized Developer zdzihu has just released an alpha port of AOSP ICS, and as such it has only but a few things working properly. It seems that wireless connectivity is one of the major components that is still shaky due to Wifi still not being functional and 3G having trouble connecting, but the phone itself works and it seems that BT does so as well.
Unfortunately, the build is a bit unstable and cannot really be used as a daily driver. This is, as stated earlier, a work in progress and because of this may not be your best choice for a daily driver. However, if you happen to have an X10 laying around somewhere and would like to take this for a spin, please make sure that you report any and all feedback back to the dev. Have fun!
This is very early build, we’re behind other qsd8k devices but will eventually catch up
You can find more information in the original thread.
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Thanks MatheusSnakepit for the tip!
Ports of the much anticipated ICS are popping up across xda-developers. However, the Sorrow owners were feeling a bit left out, particularly the X10 owners. Well, if you were feeling a bit blue about this, worry no more because thanks to XDA member erenz1202 as well as several other devs, this OS was finally ported to the Xperia X10. Now, there are a few caveats like the fact that the touchscreen doesn’t work. You have to keep in mind that this is from the SDK and as such, the ports are less than perfect at this point in time. Once the real thing hits the streets, we will likely see far better development not just for the X10, but for every device out there.
The dev has posted a video as proof that the OS actually boots well in the device. If you have an X10 and would like to lend a hand, please help the devs so that they can get this off the ground.
i’m using FXP kernel unlock bootloader (maybe working with another kernel )
You can find more information in the original thread.
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Thanks sahibunlimited for the tip!
Yesterday we wrote about how the XPERIA X8 and X10 bootloaders had been unlocked by XDA forum member the_laser. Now from the same developer, we present a treat to those who unlocked their bootloaders a bit too hastily.
This tool allows users to re-lock their bootloaders for warranty purposes. The only requirements are flash-mode USB drivers and, of course, yesterday’s unlocked bootloader. In the words of the developer:
run attached tool, press “restore”
required flash mode drivers and unlocked bootloader
support both 7227,8250 phones.
Continue on to the original thread to return to full, warrantied glory. Be careful, though, as modifying the bootloader always involves an inherent risk.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 and X10 users, prepare for the onslaught of hacking goodness. Thanks to the work by XDA forum member the_laser, we now have a method to unlock the bootloaders of both of these Sony devices. In fact, this method works on all of the SE 2010 phone lineup.
In case you may be wondering why this is relevant, an unlocked bootloader enables you to do things far beyond simply having root access. An unlocked bootloader is required in order to load an entirely new ROM and kernel.
In the words of the developer:
if you are not developer, please quit reading that post.
wait for user friendly tool with one big button.
here is toolset to permanently “unlock” semcboot of qsd8250 semc phones ( x10a,x10i, so-o1b )
that means, you can use own kernel and so on.
it is much more better,stable,faster method, than present “bypass”.
To some of you this is old news, but to the rest, its brilliant news. The Gingerbread update (2.3.3) update started rolling out to certain devices on Friday and they hope to have it finished this coming Friday.
As far as what it contains, here is a snippet from the Sony Ericsson Product Blog.
As said in March most of the 2011 XperiaTM software functionality from e.g. XperiaTM arc will be included. The UI with the desktop layout and pinch-to-overview gesture will be similar and Gingerbread features like Wi-Fi & USB tethering, App storage on SD-card etc are included. Also the customizable horizontal app tray and the media experience widgets from the 2011 XperiaTM Products are in, including an integrated equalizer in the music player. Of course also apps that require Android versions 2.2 or 2.3 will now be possible to download from Android Market, e.g. Adobe flash.
One difference compared to the 2011 products is that DLNA will not be included. Extra type approvals were needed for that and we were unable to prioritize that without jeopardizing the time schedule. There are both server and client alternatives downloadable from Android market though.
Information regarding the currently released regions can be located in THIS thread.
In addition to the roll-out, root has also been attained. All credit for this feat goes to AZuZu & DooMLoRD .
Root Details and tutorials can be found in THIS thread.
July 29, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
Remember when Sony told us that there was no need to update the Xperia X10 to Froyo because their skinned version of Eclair was superior to vanilla 2.2? We all know about the PR nightmare that followed. Luckily, it seems as if Sony has learned its lesson regarding Gingerbread.
Unfortunately for American users, however, it seems as if the AT&T-branded version may not be so lucky. (We all know what this author thinks of that particular carrier.) However, for those who have already gotten the OTA, today is surely a happy day.
As one overly excited source in XDA forum member kantk20111‘s thread puts it:
WE ARE GETTING UNCONFIRMED REPORTS THAT THE GINGERBREAD UPDATE IS ROLLING OUT IN SOME REGIONS. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES
EDIT:IT HAS COME!!!
Continue on to the original thread to get in on the discussion and find out more about the specifics for your region!
[Thanks wesvista for the tip.]
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:
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.