June 10, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The Walkman music application is something of an enigma. Despite the Walkman brand being outshone by other MP3 players, the Walkman music application continues to pop up on phones on the Sony Xperia line up, and users seem to really enjoy it over the stock music offering. With the Sony Xperia lineup receiving unofficial and official ICS updates, Gingerbread ports of the Walkman application have become obsolete. The natural reaction? Port them again!
Credited with the first ICS Walkman port that works, XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD released the new version of the APK for the Sony Xperia S for advanced users who want all the features. From there, XDA Senior Member ThilinaC brought it over to the Sony Xperia Neo in the form of a fully flashable update.zip file.
In both cases, little things need to be fixed but the main functions work fine, so anyone who wants to give it a shot won’t find a lot wrong. As is customary with Sony Xperia device development, users can expect this to pop up on any number of Sony Xperia devices in the near future, as developers get their hands on the application.
June 2, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
As promised, Sony began rolling out ICS for their 2011 Xperia line recently, and will continue to do so until nearly everyone gets some ICS goodness. That said, some devices are getting it sooner than others, and among those that are getting it now are the Sony Xperia Neo and Neo V. Coming along for the ride will be the challenge of rooting the new firmware—both for previously-rooted users to retain root and for those acquiring superuser privileges for the first time. Thankfully though, this challenge was accepted, and completed, and is now ready for users.
XDA Senior Member Madfysh has released a tutorial to safely guide users through the root process under a variety of situations. The root method requires users to know the basics of fastboot and ADB, and you need working fastboot access in order to install. Luckily for new users, however, Madfysh has listed the commands you’ll need. The guide also comes in different methods depending on whether or not your bootloader is unlocked. Essentially, there is a guide for you regardless of which configuration you’re coming from.
To get started, continue on to the original thread.
MIUI has been making its way around the Android world pretty fervently recently and it’s march continues on to the Sony Xperia Neo.
The port is brought to you by XDA Senior Member taaviu, who was kind enough to port it based on the latest MIUI source.
Included is all the features of your typical MIUI ROM along with a few extras, including:
I added AltDrawer, modified theme, some speed, battery tweaks and edited build.prop
I want to keep this Rom clean and fast. Also Stable and no FC.
As well as language packs for the following:
Arabic French German Russian Slovak
Brazilian Greek Hebrew Vietnamese
Czech Hungarian Italian Thai
Danish Korean Persian Turkish
Dutch Polish Portugese
English Slovenian Spanish
That isn’t to say there aren’t a few issues with it. Here’s the list of things that aren’t quite working right yet:
BUGs: FM, HDMI, call recording and few small bugs.
BUT another part ROM is good and fast like hell.
Additionally, the first boot will be a little slow. The solution is dead simple, just reboot and you should be good to go with a smooth, fast experience. However, if you can live with the bugs and want to experience the MIUI goodness, you can find the download links, installation instructions and further information in the original thread.