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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2014

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, HTC, and Motorola have released quite a few premium devices. We thought it would be a good to take a moment to review some of them...

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jerdog · Dec 16, 2014

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 addition. Even confusing steps taken by Sony Mobile to purposely break the camera on their Z* line (since the Xperia Z1) if a user chooses...

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jerdog · Nov 14, 2013

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, though, is that a recent study by researchers at North Carolina State University says that those same OEMs, and their incessant need to have a custom...

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jerdog · Aug 19, 2013

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 Murphy (the bad luck icon, not our amazing opening speaker Mark Murphy) to make an appearance. Going into this event I didn't know what to...

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Samantha · Aug 10, 2013

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 Z Ultra and M. Much in the spirit shown by Sony back with the Xperia Z, the company's gone ahead to make sure developers can...

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jerdog · Jun 21, 2013

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 a brief description of their winning entry: 1. lilstevie - LittleKernel development to allow separate boot and recovery kernels 2. zacthespack - native port of, and...

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jerdog · Jun 13, 2013

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 early 2012, and has continued to be a force with their Smart Extensions APIs being available and a large number of apps out there on...

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jerdog · Jun 5, 2013

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 and let that drive traffic than to try and drive traffic by giveaway. However, when given an opportunity to give away something that promotes development, we...

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jerdog · May 28, 2013

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 open source and (by extension) the community as a whole. If you haven't already, you should really check out their Developer World site where you'll find...

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jerdog · Apr 23, 2013

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 (like HTC, Samsung, etc.) and suppliers (like Qualcomm) all claim that they can't release certain drivers, and label them as "proprietary" so that no one...

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jerdog · Feb 13, 2013

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" and the rest of the open source community. At the risk of belaboring the point too much, Sony Mobile continues to raise the bar for...

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jerdog · Feb 12, 2013

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, and a worldwide release date is speculated to be in the next few weeks, what is this? Kernel source already? This year, Sony Mobile has already...

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