One of the more fun modifications out there is changing the hardware or capacitive buttons to something else. Mods exist that turn the search capacitive key into a camera button for some devices, for example. For those out there with Sony Ericsson Xperia devices with a Walkman button, you are now among those that can have those mods.
XDA Forum Member kenny313 has figured out the file that would be needed in order to modify the Walkman button to change it into a search button. From there, it is possible to change it to open pretty much any application or use any phone function that the user chooses. The file is called pm8058-keypad.kl, and you’ll need your favorite root file manager application to find it and edit it. However, once in the file, it’s a matter of changing a couple of lines of code to make it do what you will. As kenny313 says:
VENDOR_1 is used to tell android which action the key will take
so if we change VENDOR_1 to SEARCH wolkman key will be recognized as a SEARCH key.
After changing the code, it’s a simple matter of rebooting to make everything take effect. From there you can change it to practically anything you can think of as long as you know the code to use.
For those who want to change their Walkman buttons, head on over to the original thread for full instructions on how to do it and a rather long list of applications and commands you can set the Walkman button to. Be sure to make a backup before attempting, just in case.
February 10, 2012 By: Former Writer
Most themes carry a standard template. Modifying the drawable files in the SystemUI.apk and Framework-res.apk and creating something good looking and unique. Some themes are more like modifications and make unique changes to the phone itself.
As is the case with XDA Senior Member black_jackss, who has create a modification for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Active and Ray that will take the clock in the notification pane and move it from the right side to the center.
The process is pretty straightforward, but involves some knowledge of read/write settings and ADB so if you’re not comfortable with those, then you should try to read up before attempting. The method:
1.Pull SystemUI.apk from / system / app / in the internal memory, copy to sdcard, then copy to your PC.
2.Open SystemUI.apk using WinRAR, go to the folder \ res \ layout \.
3.Drag n drop status_bar.xml who have downloaded earlier into the SystemUI.apk already opened earlier.
4.Close WinRAR, SystemUI.apk is ready to be injected to ur phone via root explorer or adb,whichever u like,keep in mind that set permission to rw-r–r–
And voila! The clock will be moved to the center of the notification pane. Black_jackss notes:
dont mind the launcher,i use modded launcher to make it looks like that. And your statusbar icons will NOT changed like mine.
So if you want your own custom stuff like that, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Anyone who wants to try it can find the modification in its original thread along with screen shots and download links.
February 6, 2012 By: Former Writer
The Quadrant Standard benchmark app has been a staple for identifying how powerful a device can be. While there are some skeptics out there, many people depend on Quadrant scores to determine which phone is truly the most powerful.
Well for owners of the Sony Ericsson Xperia line up, you can make your phone go just a little bit harder. XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD of Team Utterchaos has an app that will apply an I/O hack to rooted SE Xperia phones that will boost the Quadrant Standard scores of phones that employ the boost.
As DooMLoRD explains:
accept SU permission
click on BOOST
ENJOY the boost in score
There’s a few tips and tricks involved with getting it to work right. If the app doesn’t open right away, you just need to reboot your device and before deactivating the boost, you have to make sure Quadrant isn’t running at all. That means grabbing up your favorite task killer app and making sure it’s closed down before turning the boost off.
For those SE users who want to check it out, you can find the app in DooMLoRD’s original thread along with additional details, troubleshooting tips and instructions.
January 31, 2012 By: Former Writer
Installing a recovery on a phone has the potential to be challenging. On some devices, it’s as easy as flashing a kernel. On others, it’s knowing how to use ADB in your command prompt (or terminal) to push the recovery to the correct partition and hope you didn’t just turn your beautiful device into a very expensive paperweight.
In either case, XDA Senior Member pvyParts and friends have posted an application that will install a recovery straight from the app itself. No need for computers, debug mode or any of the other potential problems some people may have with other methods. Says pvyParts:
This App will work with the 2011 Xperia porfolio. it will install CWM into the system partition so you can use recovery even with a locked bootloader!
The Recovery has been ported by nobodyAtall @xda for the Xperia phones!
All Credits to him!
all i did was bundle it into a nice easy installer. ( i also made some changes to the chargemon file to turn the LED on to signal when to pres your keys )
The development of this invaluable tool is ongoing, so if you give it a shot and experience some problems, make sure to report it so it can be fixed. The app has been posted in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc forums, but pvyParts says it’s compatible with the 2011 Xperia line up, so there may be hope for those carrying something other than the Arc.
For additional details, change logs, a full compatibility list, screen shots and discussion in the original thread found here. As always, make sure you do a full back up of your device if you can, just in case.
Ice Cream Sandwich has been a product of epic shoving-down-throat proportions, and we’re about to shove it some more. The Sony Ericsson Blog announced today the manufacturer will be working on merging their own Android experience with the new 4.0 iteration on their 2011 “portfolio”.
“2011 Xperia Portfolio” refers to the following products: Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, Xperia ray as well as Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.
“More detailed information regarding this upgrade, timing and global availability” will be released soon, and considering the devices this portfolio includes, it should be an update to look forward to.
Source: Sony Ericsson Blog