May 5, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Released in the middle of last year, the Xperia L is one of Sony’s more budget-friendly offerings. Due to its price and relatively capable specifications, it’s become quite the popular choice for those not looking for the latest and greatest flagship-level device. And because of its popularity, the Xperia L is no stranger to aftermarket development.
Now thanks to the FXP team, which has brought official CyanogenMod builds to various Sony devices, we have an incredibly highly functioning CM11 port for the device. The build comes courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer varun.chitre15 and the rest of the FXP team. Although the build is currently only in its second beta, it is nearly fully functional other than a few minor GPS issues. In other words, RIL, display, camera, audio, storage, sensors, and hardware acceleration are all working just fine. So those looking for a daily driver-capable build should give this a shot.
You can get started with CM11 for the Xperia L by visiting the original thread. And if you’re a developer looking to build off of their work, be sure to visit their Github pages for Vendor, Device, and Kernel.
[Many thanks to Shivam Kuchhal for the heads up!]
Although released into the market less than a year ago, it seems that the Sony Xperia L and M are missing out on a lot of the fun and goodies its younger and older siblings are getting, namely the Android 4.3 update and the host of features that come along with it. Of course, one may say that the Xperia L has been gifted with something greater and rarer, AOSP KitKat support from Sony, but where does that leave the Xperia M?
Well, owners of either of these phones can now at least cross off one item off their wish lists, as XDA Senior Member xperiaz2 has ported the Sony Smart Social Camera to both of these phones. Compatible only with devices running the official Android Jelly Bean firmware, the port includes most, if not all, of the funky camera apps of the camera software, such as:
The port has to be installed with the provided flashable zip files, but you must make sure to flash the one that is specifically for your version of firmware. It should also be noted that some users are experiencing force closing of the actual camera app (not to be confused with the add-on camera apps). So for now, you may have to use a third party camera app if you’re interested in installing the port.
If you want to find out more, visit the original thread for more details.
December 13, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
For quite some time now, we’ve been continually impressed by Sony’s efforts to appeal to the development community and its power users. In fact, ever since Sony’s AOSP experiment with the Xperia S last summer, the company has kept to its promise of providing as many resources as possible for those creating aftermarket development work for Sony devices.
Now, Sony has some new treats for developers just in time for the Holiday season. The company has now released AOSP device trees, binaries, and build details for the Sony Xperia L
, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia S. And the fact that this was even tested on Android 4.4.1 makes this all the more impressive.
While all of this awesome-sauce is OEM-provided, it is still very much in alpha state. Because of this, most device features will work such as telephony, camera, messaging, sensors, data, and so on, but some functions won’t work on certain devices such as Bluetooth, GPS, and so on.
Sony, you’ve done it again. Your continued drive to work with, rather than against, the development community is commendable. Developers looking to start building KitKat for Xperia devices should visit the Sony Developer AOSP Page to learn more.
Update: As pointed out by XDA Forum Member AshRoller, it looks like only the Xperia L has gotten the code commits at the moment. However, we can’t imagine that it’s too far off for the rest of the stable.
[Many thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor percy_g2 for the tip.]