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Shock and Awe: OEMs Cause Android Security Issues

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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 UI as some sort of “branding,” are directly responsible for most of the security issues found with Android. Cue Home Alone face.

In all honesty, we really shouldn’t be all that surprised. XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase gave a great talk at XDA:Dev. . . READ ON »

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XDA:DevCon 2013 – Thanks are in Order

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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 expect—much like when you and your significant other find yourselves expecting a child, you spend months planning something, but you still don’t know what is really in store. Is it going to come out looking like this or more like this?

So many . . . READ ON »

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

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“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 play with the workings behind both the yet-to-be-released Xperia M and the just released Xperia Z Ultra. It’s been iterated before, and it has to be done again, but nothing but . . . READ ON »

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XDA Tablet Z Competition Winners Announced!

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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 custom ROM for, LinuxonAndroid

3. Apache14 – open source IR blaster

4. bluefa1con – bringing official PACman ROM to the Tablet Z

5. mamenyaka – Ubuntu Touch port to the Tablet Z

6. rayman – functional mult

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Sony Opens Up Smartwatch to Flash Custom Firmware

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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 the Google Play Store. However, in comparison to the Metawatch, the Sony Smartwatch lacks one thing: hackability.

On Sony’s Developer World portal they announced today that they are opening up the Smartwatch to allow for custom firmware to be used with their new “. . . READ ON »

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XDA Tablet Z Development Competition

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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 are all in. This is just such an example.

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is the latest tablet out in the marketplace, and it’s one of the top ones right out of the gate. With a 10.1″ Full HD Reality Display, 1.5 GHz Quad Core Q. . . READ ON »

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Sony Mobile Sponsoring XDA:DevCon 2013

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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 tutorials, source code, and all sorts of interesting announcements.

Due to their contributions, it comes as no shock that Sony Mobile is sponsoring XDA:DevCon 2013 at the “Elite Recognized . . . READ ON »

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Xperia Z Joins Sibling in the AOSP Mix

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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 can use them. Of course, since there’s nothing really “new” under the sun, this just serves to hinder innova. . . READ ON »

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

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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 the rest of the OEMs out there. They actively encourage their developers to participate in the open source community, and as a result, their developers answer the call and step forward with great tools. One such tool, by Sony Mobile Devel. . . READ ON »

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