SONY MOBILE Posts on XDA

The History of Flagships: Part I – Sony

Every OEM aspiring to conquer the mobile world undoubtedly releases its take on the so-called "flagship device". Phones or tablets described as flagship are premium-class devices with top hardware specifications and usually run the newest version of the Android OS and their custom UI modifications. Since the initial version of Android, brands like Sony, Samsung,...

Sony Now Supports AOSP On Entire 2014 Qualcomm Line

Back in the summer of 2012, Sony made waves in the independent developer community when they partnered with Google to include the Sony Xperia S in the Android Open Source Project code base. After that experiment ended, they have continued to support AOSP on their released devices, with the Xperia Z3 being their most recent...

Shock and Awe: OEMs Cause Android Security Issues

It should come as no surprise that here at XDA, we are always calling on the OEMs to do a better job of removing the bloat of their custom UIs (Samsung - we're looking at you and your now insane TouchWiz size) and improving the overall user experience. What may come as a shock to some,...

XDA:DevCon 2013 – Thanks are in Order

So it's been a week  since XDA:DevCon 13 passed, and I am still blown away by the excitement, energy, and community that flowed out of the event. With top-notch speakers and sponsors giving their all, and a hotel staff that was committed to making sure everything went smoothly, there was hardly a chance for Uncle...

Sony Releases Open Source Files for the Xperia Z Ultra and M

"Good Guy Greg Sony". It's a rather affectionate title that Sony's been given for the past few months, particularly for their leading track record in GPL compliance as displayed on multiple occasions. So to make sure that they're continuing their fairly extraordinary performance, they've just released the open source files for the recently announced Xperia...

XDA Tablet Z Competition Winners Announced!

If you have been living under a rock, XDA has been running an amazing contest the past two weeks involving the latest tablet to hit the market, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. After almost 100 entries, the judges were able to narrow it down to the following 10 winners (in no particular order) along with...

Sony Opens Up Smartwatch to Flash Custom Firmware

It seems that smartwatches are all the rage these days. From Pebble to Metawatch to I'm Watch, there are no shortages of smartwatch devices out there. And if the rumor mill is to be believed, there are more to come from the big players. The Sony Smartwatch was one of the original options, starting back in...

XDA Tablet Z Development Competition

Everyone loves a good competition; there's no denying it. Generally, we don't just give away devices for the sake of giving them away. Sure it drives traffic, but that traffic usually ends up going away until the next giveaway. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. We would rather showcase the amazing work done by the developers on XDA...

Sony Mobile Sponsoring XDA:DevCon 2013

If there's one thing that Sony Mobile has done over the past year to change its image, that's been to support the independent Android developer community. From open-sourcing DASH to releasing an ALPHA build of Jelly Bean with the kernel source to contributing to AOSP projects, Sony has signaled that they are a company that embraces...

Xperia Z Joins Sibling in the AOSP Mix

The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is Google giving the entire community (manufacturers, enthusiasts, developers, etc.)  the necessary building blocks to bring what many refer to as "stock Android" (more accurately "vanilla Android") to a device. The inherent problem with this is that the manufacturers are often the roadblock to such endeavors. Too often manufacturers...

Sony Developers Share Open Source Tool for Debugging and Fine-Tuning Your Apps

We have always strongly encouraged developers from the various OEMs to take an active role in the open source community. At times we have seen involvement, but often that doesn't happen for many different reasons. One of those reasons boils down to an OEM placing their developers in virtual walled gardens, away from "prying eyes"...

Sony Xperia Z Kernel Source Released Prior to Worldwide Device Launch

One of the most highly-anticipated devices debuted at CES 2013 is the Sony Xperia Z. With a 5" 1080p screen with a ~441 ppi, sitting atop a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro with 2 gigs RAM and a 13.1 MP camera, there's no doubt that anticipation is warranted. With the device recently released in Japan,...