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jerdog · Dec 30, 2012

Sony Releases Beta Flash Tool for Unlocked Xperia Devices

When you purchase a device, it's always desirable to be able to use it as you wish. Sadly, this is often not the case. This is because most of the time, people purchase devices with a carrier subsidy. What this means is that essentially the carrier is letting you purchase the device at a reduced rate, say $300 off suggested retail, with the terms of a contract stating you will stay with them for (usually) two years. This guarantees that...

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Former Writer · Dec 24, 2012

Make HDPI and XHDPI Themes Work on the Xperia Arc/Arc S

The latest generation of smartphones has included a range of new displays of varying resolutions and densities. While having access to higher quality displays is a good thing, it is bad when those with older screens don't get to enjoy the same toys as those with newer screens. One such instance is the very popular Theme Chooser, which is included in CyanogenMod-based ROMs. The newer screen sizes often receive themes compatible with CM9, 10, and 10.1, but themers don't always...

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jerdog · Dec 24, 2012

FreeXperia Team Beginning to Develop 3.4 Kernel for 2011 Sony Ericsson Devices

Many times, we have discussed how developers at XDA refuse to take "No" for an answer when confronted with the likelihood of a manufacturer update to older devices. The FreeXperia team has done a great job with Sony Xperia devices over the last two years, and they've now begun working on an essential element to keeping the 2011 Sony Ericsson devices relevant: the Android kernel. Being part of the Linux mainline kernel is essential for Android, as it provides a...

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Former Writer · Dec 9, 2012

Unofficial CM10.1 for the Xperia Arc and Arc S

Efforts to compile Android 4.2 ROMs for various devices have been well under way. Now, we're starting to see some their release around the forums. This includes CM10.1, the Android 4.2 version of CyanogenMod. Now, Sony Xperia Arc and Arc S users can give unofficial CM10.1 a try. XDA Recognized Developer Zackconsole released the build for the Arc and the Arc S. The ROM is pretty stable, although that shouldn't be surprising, since 4.2 isn't an enormous update over 4.1. The issues are...

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Former Writer · Oct 31, 2012

Xperia Arc and Arc S Get CAMP, CM/AOKP/MIUI/ParanoidAndroid Kang

Over the last month or so, developers have been coming out with various ROM mash-up kangs. So far, we've brought you news on the Xperia Pro Pacman ROM and the Galaxy Ace mash up ROM. This time, it's for the Sony Xperia Arc and Arc S. As expected, this ROM selects some of the best features from CyanogenMod, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid. However, XDA Recognized Developer Zackconsole has added a fourth element to this mash up---the inclusion of MIUI. So along...

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Former Writer · Oct 21, 2012

Supremacy Script Brings Many Tweaks to One Spot

Finding a good set of tweak can sometimes be difficult. While there are popular choices available, some users would prefer to have many such tweaks in a single package. This is exactly what Supremacy Script by XDA Senior Member emwno hopes to accomplish. It was initially released for the Sony Xperia Arc. However, the script should be compatible with most devices. A few of the features include: Features: -Better ram allocation -More free ram (clearing cache) -Faster GUI -UI processed by GPU -Loopy smoothness tweak...

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Former Writer · Aug 26, 2012

Switch Out the Covers on the Xperia Arc/Arc S

Replacing hardware can be tricky business. You have to not only be careful of all the small and extremely breakable parts, but you also have to make sure you're taking it apart correctly and putting it back together just right. For some devices, there are comprehensive video tear downs, but for others it's pretty much guess work. For the Sony Xperia Arc and Arc S, you now have a guide as well. The guide focuses on replacing the phone cover....

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Former Writer · Aug 25, 2012

ROM Hub for Xperia 2011 Lineup Brings All of the Goodies

It seems as though no device's development is complete without a toolkit. Many devices have them, and many of them are compatible with more than one device. Some are pretty well known too, such as mskip's Samsung Universal Toolkit or hasoon2000's HTC toolkits. Despite being well known for cross device development sharing, there isn't yet such a toolkit for the Sony Xperia 2011 lineup. Looking to fill that hole is ROM Hub. Developed by XDA Senior Member xdevilium, the toolkit...

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Former Writer · Aug 13, 2012

Swapper Creates Swap Partitions for Xperia Arc Automatically

Users dealing with less than optimal hardware in many ways on XDA. There are plenty of software mods aimed at getting around the limitations of older hardware. One such limitation is not having quite enough RAM for the job. As covered previously, one can create a swap partition for virtual RAM at the expense of performance.  However, this is far more necessary on devices with less RAM, such as the Sony Xperia Arc. With 512 MB of RAM, things can get...

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Former Writer · Jun 4, 2012

Xperia Pro, Arc, and Arc S Get Android 4.0.4 Root

Getting a device rooted is always a big deal. After all, the vast majority of cool stuff created by our developers requires root access. As such, devices get rooted pretty often. However, then there are firmware updates. In most cases, it's a small update, and rooting again is no big deal. Other times, it's going to a whole different version of Android. Many devices have received official updates from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich, but once there, there's still going...

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Former Writer · May 12, 2012

Enable Software Rendering on the Xperia Arc for Better ICS Performance

Just because a phone gets ICS---be it officially or unofficially---doesn't mean that the hardware is ready to receive it. In some cases, it takes a mod or a tweak to get things rolling. And in most cases, you can get an ICS ROM working just as well, if not better, than its Gingerbread counterpart. This is the case for the Sony Xperia Arc, where hardware acceleration was not cutting it, so a software rendering patch was brought in to improve...

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Former Writer · Apr 29, 2012

Full List of Removable Bloatware for the Xperia Arc on ICS

To put it bluntly, bloatware sucks. It slows down devices, steals storage space and RAM, and is essentially useless. Thankfully when creating a custom ROM, developers often remove the unnecessary bits. However, not everyone wants to flash to a custom ROM, instead preferring an improved stock experience. There is now an alphabetized list of safe-to-remove bloatware for the Sony Xperia Arc running ICS thanks to Senior Member Flo95. Users can then use Titanium Backup to physically remove the offending applications without worry. The list can...

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Former Writer · Apr 26, 2012

AppMan for Xperia Arc Brings Mass Modification Download Interface

Sometimes it can be a real hassle finding all the mods and tweaks you're looking for. Going through thread after thread to see what's what, what works what's compatible with your ROM. Even then, you have to download it, put it on your device and flash it. Getting a good set of mods can take some time and effort. That's why some developers create applications that house mods and tweaks in one place---so users can simply window shop through, download...

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Former Writer · Feb 25, 2012

Everything Xperia Arc Users Need to Get ICS Working Right

Ice Cream Sandwich has been a little screwy for some Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc owners. Between some WiFi and Bluetooth issues, and some issues getting Face Unlock and Gapps to work; it has been an uphill battle to make the recently released ICS beta work well. Thankfully, there's ways to fix these problems. XDA Senior Member dinesh690, with some help from XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD of Team UtterChaos, has put together a method that will fix many issues with the ICS...

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