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Highly Functional KitKat Build for the Sony Xperia Ion

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Despite all of Sony’s recent developer-friendly awesomeness, a few relatively recent devices have fallen through the cracks and have been left without official Android updates. While most of these devices generally have found vibrant aftermarket development communities that have filled these gaps, this isn’t the case for every device.

One such instance is the Sony Xperia Ion, a device that was only officially updated to Android 4.1.2 and never received stable aftermarket builds of Android 4.2 or 4.3. Now thanks to hard work by XDA Senior Member MrGezz and Recognized Developer RaymanFX, a nearly fully functional Android 4.4 KitKat build has appeared for the device. This release c. . . READ ON »

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Smooth Ion Brings Tweaks to Stock Xperia Ion ROMs

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Tweaks and mods can be fun. They add functionality and customization not usually found within the framework of most Android devices. However, when there are a lot of tweaks you enjoy, it can be a pain to find and install them all. That’s why there are tweak and mod packs out there that give you a bunch of mods all at once. For Sony Xperia Ion users, there is a mod that packs in quite a bit.

Called Smooth Ion, it was released by XDA Senior Member ganeshbiyer. It requires users be running a stock ICS ROM and that it be deodexed first. The features are as follows:

What is “Smooth ION”?
Collection of apps.
Build prop tweaks.
Init.d tweaks.
What does “Smooth ION” contain/do?
Xperia GX Home Laun

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Init.d, CPU Editor Script, and ClockworkMod for Xperia Ion

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For those who don’t know, Init.d is required to run scripts on most Android devices. It can be used on pretty much any device that’s rooted, but sometimes it can be hard to make it stick. Usually, it requires flashing a kernel or a ROM that has Init.d support in a custom recovery. For those rocking the Sony Xperia Ion, you now have a different option. You also have some fun new scripts to play with.

Thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member popfan, the Xperia Ion now has Init.d support, a CPU Editor, and a ClockworkMod Recovery. This is a great start for a device that was only rooted a short time ago, and provides ROM and kernel developers with a solid development base on which to work. There some problems wi. . . READ ON »

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Sony Xperia Ion Rooted

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As usual, when a device is first released, the biggest worry around here is whether the device will get rooted. In some cases, the root method can be ridiculous. In other cases the root method can be pretty simple. In all cases, root being achieved is a positive thing and that’s even if it’s an overly complex method. Sony Xperia Ion users are fortunate, however, as their root method is relatively simple.

XDA Forum Member yuunanase has released a method that’ll get the LT28i rooted pretty quickly and without much effort. Users are first instructed to unlock their bootloaders. From there, they are to download an insecure kernel to flash. After that, it’s a matter of running a quick root pa. . . READ ON »

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Sony (Not Sony Ericsson) Unveils the Xperia Ion

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Back in October, we were greeted by news that Sony was set to buy out the remainder of Sony Ericsson for a cool $1.45 billion—a move made with the hopes of delivering better product integration and bolstering patent holdings. Fast forward two-and-a-half months, and now we have our first purely Sony phone since the 2001 merger—and what a phone it is!

The Xperia Ion by Sony will be the first Xperia-branded phone to pack 4G LTE connectivity. The goodness doesn’t stop with network speeds, as the Ion also comes loaded with a 4.6″ Reality display with Bravia technology and a massive 1280 x 720 resolution.

A beautiful screen and fast network mean nothing, however, if there isn’t enou. . . READ ON »

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AT&T Unveils Six New LTE-Enabled Android Devices

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Up until recently, AT&T’s Android offerings have been somewhat lacking compared to the other major American carriers. And while the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket have certainly helped close the gap, there’s no denying that other carriers simply pack a stronger punch.

Luckily for Ma Bell customers, AT&T is bolstering its Android arsenal with six new LTE-enabled and Android-packing devices: the Samsung Exhilarate, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, Sony Xperia Ion, Pantech Burst, the Pantech Element tablet, and the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid.

Of most interest, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD features a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and the same 4.. . . READ ON »

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