November 16, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Sony has done some interesting work with their Xperia devices. One of the more interesting software features they’ve begun implementing comes in the form of Small Apps. Small Apps are essentially floating window applications that open like windows on your computer. It’s similar to Galaxy Note 2 multi window feature. Now, some third party developers have gotten into Small Apps have released their own.
XDA Senior Member hhlong89 posted an application called WebView. It’s an Xperia Small App and also a web browser. It opens up a web browser in a Small Apps window, and lets users browse the web. It’s not too much different from regular Android web browsers, except the floating window feature. A full list of features include:
Share URL from Intent
Can Use Default Browser
（※↑Not Working When You Aleady Set another app）
Long press maxmize button go to Setting Activity
Long press home button to browser reload
Long press open with browser button(left bottpm) to show input form
In addition, some copy/paste functions don’t work and the pulldownlist doesn’t work. The app has been confirmed working on pretty much every Xperia device that can run Small Apps. Now that third party developers are digging into Small Apps, users may see more on the horizon.
For additional details, check out the original thread.
September 30, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
USB On-The-Go is probably one of the greatest tools for Android that not a lot of people know about. With it you can connect virtually anything that requires USB into your Android device, including external hard drives, flash drives, keyboards, mice, and pretty much whatever else you can think of—even your DSLR. As OTG technology gets more popular, the features that come with it will evolve as well. For many Xperia devices, including the Xperia S, P, U, Sola, and Acro S, you can now simultaneously use OTG and charge your device.
The method was written out by XDA Senior Member sonic_boom and it does require some hardware modification. Initially, the hardware mod gave users a choice to switch a cable from OTG mode to Charge mode and thus not have to use multiple cables. However, after some more tinkering, sonic_boom managed to get simultaneous OTG and charging using a 4-way USB hub. What’s the only other way to get this? By purchasing a special dock.
As expected with hardware modifications, your mileage may vary. This involves tinkering with pieces of hardware and may damage your device or your accessories. Aside from the standard boilerplate warning, the mod is actually pretty simple. As stated by sonic_boom, this should work on any OTG-enabled Xperia device.
To learn more, visit the original thread.
September 21, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
When it comes to multi-device releases, it doesn’t get much more straightforward than a widespread Sony Xperia release. Given how close the hardware and software is between devices, it isn’t overly difficult to get a single piece of software working on a number of devices. As such, unofficial AOKP Jelly Bean was ported to 14 Sony Xperia devices practically all at once.
XDA Recognized Contributor championswimmer, on behalf of the KangXperiaProject, brings us the ROMs. However, many thanks go to the FreeXperia Team, whose work was critical to the achievement. In championswimmer’s words:
It is very important to mention here that nothing, yes i repeat NOTHING was possible without the awesome work done by FreeXperia team for the community. For all 2011 devices we are using their device trees almost untouched. So all the hardware work (making camera, sensors, gralloc, hardware acceleration etc work flawlessly) is purely the credit of FreeXperiaTeam (FXP, bin4ry, defer and Kali- ) If there is anyone whom you really need to thank for Xperia devices being able to run CM9/AOSP/AOKP/MIUI or whatever non-stock ROMs it’s the great people like : ZdZihu, FXP, Bin4ry, defer, Kali-, KeiranFTW, DoomLord, Androxyde, Achotjan, Azuzu and many many more. The only thing that KXP team has done is made the devices and vendor trees fit into the groove of AOKP source tree and manage a buildable environment. Our contribution in KXP ROMs is much much less as compared to the contribution of Team Kang and Team FreeXperia. (Ofcourse on older devices we had to work a lot becuase FXP does not support them anymore)
The functionality varies depending on device. However, there aren’t more than two or three things broken per device, and none of it is bad enough to be considered unstable. In addition to releasing the ROMs for all these devices, KXP has also written up a nice tutorial showing users how to download and compile their own source code. So if users want to grab the latest and greatest or just tinker around, it is available. Do be advised, the tutorial for compiling is for 64-bit Ubuntu, and will require at least 10GB of disk space.
If you’d like to know more and see the full list of supported devices, check out the original thread.
Just a short time ago we brought you news that the Acro S was rooted. As the only Android phone out there that can swim, that’s great news. However, that is not all that developers had in store.
With the device rooted, developers could get started on creating the things that make XDA go ’round, including ROMs, kernels, hacks, mods, and others. As a result, the Sony Xperia Acro S now has CyanogenMod 9. Not impressed? Okay, it also received CyanogenMod 10 on the same day.
XDA Recognized Developer FXP, who regularly brings CM goodness to Xperia devices, released both builds. There are some issues with the unofficial CM10 build related to the camera, and the known issues on the CM9 build include:
Known issues being worked on:
* The recovery on first attempt fail to mount /system
* ALS is disabled (broke PowerManager)
To better keep track of issues, FXP has provided a bug tracker. Aside from the issues reported, users have predominantly good things to say. And for many, the ROMs can be used as daily drivers. For more info, check out the CM9 thread or the CM10 thread.
The Sony Xperia Acro S is one of the most interesting smartphones on the forums. It’s not very well known, but it has decent specs. Usually, when a device isn’t well known, it doesn’t have anywhere near decent specs. Oh, did we mention that it’s completely waterproof? Although it may be impervious to water damage, the device wasn’t able to protect itself from being rooted.
XDA Forum Member heeroyun has posted a root method for the Acro S, and it’s pretty easy to follow. It’s not quite a one-click method, but it’s pretty close. To use it, users will need a few Acro S files, Flashtool 0.9.0.0, and the device drivers. A little preparation is in order as well, including the usual enabling of USB Debugging and installation from unknown sources.
From there, users just follow the steps and plug in the files where they need plugged in. Despite some early hiccups, users are reporting that the tutorial does work, and no one has reported any big problems. Additionally, users don’t need to unlock their bootloader for this to work. Granted, it’s always better to unlock the bootloader, but in this case it’s not necessary. For more details, head to the original thread.