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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 27, 2014

TWRP Recovery Now Available for the Xperia U, P, Go, and Sola

The importance of an aftermarket recovery is undeniable. These amazing tools make various tasks easy, and allow users to flash various modifications, as well as create Nandroid backups that save us when we get the bootloop blues. Recoveries are also needed to easily flash a ROM. Because of this, you can pretty much find one or more custom recovery for every device with a forum here. The most popular recoveries around are ClockworkMod Recovery, PhilZ Recovery, and Team Win Recovery Project....

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Samantha · Feb 5, 2014

Full Screen Call Experience for the Sony Xperia P, U, and Sola

If an Android user in search of a full-screen call experience, a wide range of Android apps are available to accomplish this goal. Many of them are perfectly capable of providing a great alternative to the stock call screens OEMs have on their devices. Despite this, many would rather retain the native look of their applications instead of replacing them with something out of place. If you find yourself with such a preference and a Sony Xperia P, U, or Sola...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 16, 2013

Alpha CM11 KitKat Builds Available for the Sony Xperia P

The Sony Xperia P is one of many mid-range devices released by Sony in 2012. Its relatively good specifications (ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 1GHz, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage) and low price made it quite successful in terms of user adoption. Initially, it was released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but after few months, the phone was updated to Ice Cream Sandwich and then support was dropped. Just a few days ago, we wrote about KitKat ported to Samsung Galaxy...

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Samantha · Aug 11, 2013

Activate NFC at Any Time

One of the biggest gripes we have with our NFC-enabled devices is the somewhat unnecessary requirement of having to unlock them in order to activate NFC. This requirement effectively reduces the practicality of our many enabled stickers, tags, and gadgets, as it leads to another inconvenient step that limits the use of NFC in the first place. There is good news, though, as a couple of good folks here have created mods that allows for NFC activation when the device's...

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Samantha · Jun 21, 2013

Mass Storage Mode for Sony Xperia S, P, and U

A feature that the Sony design team chose not to include in their early 2012 flagships was mass storage mode. While MTP has its advantages over USB mass storage, this exclusion left many users scratching their heads. Not only is USB mass storage faster,  it also wouldn't really hurt to have the choice. But all things aside, there's now an app called SD Mounter by XDA Senior Member Soheil_rf that enables mass storage developed on the Xperia S, P and U running...

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Former Writer · Dec 11, 2012

Play Full Game Mods for the Xperia U, P, Sola, Go

As gaming becomes more popular on Android, developers are doing their part to make gaming more fun. Whether it's connecting familiar controllers to faking PlayStation certification, the effort to make gaming more universal is there. Now, there is a gaming mod for a plethora of Xperia devices, including the Sony Xperia U, P, Sola, and GO. XDA Senior Member GEKTHEBOSS released a tweak that makes gaming a little more fun for the aforementioned Xperia devices. The package doesn't contain a lot of...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 18, 2012

Easily Fix Sony Xperia P Battery Drain Issue

For most smartphone users, battery life is a key concern. As devices become more and more powerful, the need to conserve battery increases since battery technology itself isn't evolving at the same pace. That's why people are always on the lookout for battery saving tips. If you've got a Sony Xperia P and have noticed it consuming significant amounts of battery while idling, we've got a simple tip for you that may help you get some more juice out of...

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Former Writer · Nov 16, 2012

WebView Brings Small App Web Browsing for Some Xperia Devices

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...

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Former Writer · Sep 30, 2012

Simultaneous USB OTG and Charging on Certain Xperias

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...

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Former Writer · Jun 5, 2012

Root and First Custom ROMs for Xperia Sola, U, and P

The Sony Xperia 2012 lineup has been getting bigger recently, and users are wondering if the new Xperia line will have the same robust development of the 2011 Xperia devices. While it's impossible to gauge the success of these devices before they've had a chance to really grow in the development community, they sure are off to an outstanding start. XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD has come out with a trio of kernels for the Xperia Sola, Xperia U, and Xperia...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 28, 2012

Sony’s KalleD Walks Us Through the Xperia P and U – XDA TV

If you're a Sony mobile device owner, XDA Forum Member KalleD should be very familiar. On behalf of the Sony Development Team, Karl-Johan “Kalle” Dahlström presented the official alpha release of Ice Cream Sandwich to the community back in December, and did the same for the beta just a few days ago. Join us in this XDA TV segment as host James Bricknell grills KalleD about Sony's upcoming devices. This video, and the rest of our XDA TV coverage of Mobile World Congress 2012, can be...

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