POSTS TAGGED: Sony Xperia P

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

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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. TWRP was recently ported to NovaThor SoC Sony Xperias: P, U, Go and Sola. The user responsible for the porting is XDA Senior Member NoobCoder.

The recovery is distributed in a rather interesting way, as a script splits t. . . READ ON »

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

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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 in hand, you may want to check out XDA Senior Member Rajeev’s full screen caller mod. Compatible only with Android 4.1.2, the mod allows you to retain the original Sony look, but with the added benefit of a full screen contact image. And because this is a mod of a n. . . READ ON »

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Alpha CM11 KitKat Builds Available for the Sony Xperia P

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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 S3 Mini–the first device running ST-Ericsson NovaThor SoC. As most of you know, this chip is not the easiest to work with, and the  fact that the company doesn’t exist now only makes things worse.  Despite those difficulties, XDA Recognized Co. . . READ ON »

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Activate NFC at Any Time

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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 screen is off or at the lock screen. This has been made possible by XDA Senior Member StephanSch for the following devices:

This mod is also av. . . READ ON »

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

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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 Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

Based on XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD‘s SD Card Mounter for the same devices with Gingerbread and XDA Senior Member Arakmar‘s scripts, SD Mounter allows users to easily activate . . . READ ON »

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

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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 mods, but the mods included give users access to a lot of games. The features include:

*Full PlayStationMobile Certification
*Full Xperia Play PlayStation Certification
*Xperia Play Game Launcher

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Easily Fix Sony Xperia P Battery Drain Issue

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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 your battery with little effort.

When XDA Member PGTomsk was tired of experiencing up to 20% battery drain overnight at idle, so he tried looking for solutions. By trial and error, he stumbled across the most simplest of solutions. It see. . . READ ON »

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WebView Brings Small App Web Browsing for Some Xperia Devices

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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 browser. It opens up a web browser in a Small Apps window, and lets users browse the web. It’s not too much different from regular Android web browsers, except the floating win. . . READ ON »

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Simultaneous USB OTG and Charging on Certain Xperias

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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 Acro S, you can now simultaneously use OTG and charge your device.

The method was written out by XDA Senior Member sonic_boom and it does require some hardware modification. Initially, the hardware mod gave users a choice to switch a cable from OTG . . . READ ON »

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