Some of you may remember when Sony smartphones were still branded Sony-Ericsson, and when the OEM offered a long list of devices. These devices included the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro, which proved to be a commercial success despite their locked bootloaders.
Now, over 3 years since release, Xperia X8 users are able to try out KitKat. Big credit should go to AndroidARMv6 Team guys who prepared the source and XDA Senior Member afi1982, who ported OmniROM to this small, but still kicking device. As it’s an initial release and due to some technical difficulties, a list of bugs is quite long. As you would expect various features like WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, auto brightness, and of course the camera need some polishing to work correctly. Considering the fact that the Xperia X8 was one of the first Android devices released by Sony Ericsson and how official CyanogenMod support was dropped with version 7.1, having an unofficial version of KitKat is a big achievement.
If you still use your Xperia X8 or have it collecting dust in a drawer, head over to the development thread to try out Kitkat on this lovely device.
Ever since the release of Jelly Bean source code to AOSP, ports for various devices have been popping up frequently. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 owners waiting to get a stable build of Jelly Bean on their devices need wait no longer, as nAa Jelly Bean kernel and MiniCM10 ROM bring the latest version of Android and CyanogenMod 10 to their devices.
Developed by XDA Recognized Developer nobodyAtall, the nAa custom Jelly Bean Kernel prepares your X8 for Jelly Bean ROMs by setting up the custom partitioning required for JB ROM installation. It also comes bundled with ClockworkMod recovery. To install this kernel, you must have your bootloader unlocked. After that, proceed to the kernel installation, and you will be ready to install Jelly Bean ROMs on your device.
Want a good ROM to start with? The same developer released MiniCM10 for the X8, which brings features of CyanogenMod 10 to the device. While we have previously featured an unofficial CM10 ROM for the X8, that ROM lacked a working camera and FM Radio. Both ROMs, however, currently lack hardware video encoding and decoding. Head over to the ROM’s discussion thread for the download link and installation instructions.
Running an OS meant for a traditional computer on an Android phone is always an interesting experience. As such, most devices—even older ones—are given the option to load Linux at some point. This is the case for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, as it can now run Debian, and quite well, at that.
XDA Senior Member fotak-x posted the guide that not only includes instructions, but also download links for the files required and a Debian package that actually works on the aging X8. The process isn’t overly complicated either. With the simple instructions, users really only need a custom kernel and 4GB or larger SD Card. From there, users download the proper files and install VNC Viewer for Android, and then type a few simple commands. What is perhaps even more impressive than successfully running a full Linux distro is that users are reporting no lag when using it, which is impressive considering the X8 runs on a 600MHz processor.
Xperia X8 owners looking for something fresh should continue on to the original thread to get started.
March 6, 2012 By: Former Writer
3D graphics performance on Android devices has increased dramatically in the last year or so. Some newer phones have very impressive benchmark scores, and many don’t even break a sweat while playing high quality games or emulators for consoles like Playstation and Nintento 64. Some older devices such as the LG P500 don’t have that kind of power, though, and require some help.
XDA Forum Member rk00064 has ported a method originally for the Xperia X8 that will help increase 3D graphics performance. The modification process is a relatively, and involves deleting the libGLES_android.so file from the phone, flashing the modified Adreno Lib files, and giving the build.prop a few tweaks to get everything running.
The end result is a GPU that renders 3D faster than it did previously. As always, make a complete backup before attempting anything, just in case something bad happens. For now, the tweak has only been tested on a couple of ROMs, but should work for any Gingerbread based ROM.
You can find the download links, shout outs, the full instructions and the build.prop tweaks in the original thread.
February 11, 2012 By: Former Writer
The unspoken motto of the modification world is that there is always more work to be done. No mod is ever complete, no tweak is ever the end-all be-all and no work is perfect. That’s why mods and tweaks exist, to make it all just a little bit better.
It is with this in mind that XDA Senior Member jimdem has released a tweak package for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 that takes the insanely popular CyanogenMod and, dare we say, makes it even better. The tweak package contains a number of modifications and very easy to install. Simply place the downloaded .zip file on your SD card and flash in ClockworkMod Recovery.
The features are plentiful, and include:
More free ram (Thanks to Juwe ramscript)
Better audio quality in videos
Instant GPS lock (GR users)
XLOUD Sound Drivers
Faster screen rotation
Better battery life
Keyboard type Xperia Stock
Clock Ice Cream Sandwich
Dialer type Xperia stock
So a few nice theme elements and a few fun additions and tweaks to make the experience smoother and more fun. Additionally, there is a Lite version that does not include any visual tweaks, just the stuff under the hood so there’s no worries if someone doesn’t want to mess up their theme.
For additional information, instructions and download links, you can find everything you need in the original thread. Also, don’t forget to make a backup before flashing anything, just in case something goes wrong.