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Former Writer · Nov 28, 2012

Sony Now Allowing Verizon Xperia Play Bootloader Unlock

Over the last couple of weeks, we've brought you news on bootloaders on Verizon getting unlocked. Verizon is notorious for making OEMs lock their bootloaders before releasing phones to the public. Apparently, there is at least one phone they don't care about anymore, the Sony Xperia Play. It can now be unlocked via Sony's bootloader unlocker website. XDA Forum Member dt674 found that the Verizon version can now be unlocked on the website, whereas before it was unsupported. As dt674...

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Former Writer · Nov 26, 2012

FlymeOS Ported to the Xperia Play

A while back, we reported that the Meizu MX's customized version of Android, Flyme OS, was ported to the AT&T Galaxy S II. Apparently, it generated some interest, as a similar port was released for the Xperia Neo V and L a couple of weeks later. Now, the Flyme goodness is spreading again. This time to the Sony Xperia Play. XDA Senior Member emwno has released a port of the Meizu skin for the Xperia Play. It's laid over Android 4.0.4, and...

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Former Writer · Sep 21, 2012

Unofficial AOKP Jelly Bean Ported to 14 Sony Xperia Devices

When it comes to multi-device releases, it doesn't get much more straightforward than a widespread Sony Xperia release. Given how close the hardware and software is between devices, it isn't overly difficult to get a single piece of software working on a number of devices. As such, unofficial AOKP Jelly Bean was ported to 14 Sony Xperia devices practically all at once. XDA Recognized Contributor championswimmer, on behalf of the KangXperiaProject, brings us the ROMs. However, many thanks go to...

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Former Writer · Sep 12, 2012

NxtLockScreen with Music Toggles on the Xperia Play

Getting the next best thing isn't always about getting entire ROMs ported to your device. Sometimes it can come through in pieces, one application at a time. In these cases, users get to experience the latest and greatest without having to flash a half working port. This has especially been true for the Sony Xperia line up, which really has set the gold standard in sharing development. Even Google wants to share with Sony Xperia. Now, Sony Xperia Play users...

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Former Writer · Aug 25, 2012

ROM Hub for Xperia 2011 Lineup Brings All of the Goodies

It seems as though no device's development is complete without a toolkit. Many devices have them, and many of them are compatible with more than one device. Some are pretty well known too, such as mskip's Samsung Universal Toolkit or hasoon2000's HTC toolkits. Despite being well known for cross device development sharing, there isn't yet such a toolkit for the Sony Xperia 2011 lineup. Looking to fill that hole is ROM Hub. Developed by XDA Senior Member xdevilium, the toolkit...

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jerdog · Aug 19, 2012

AROMA-Enabled SuperSpeed Bloat Remover for Xperia PLAY

It has been said that there are three constants in life: taxes, death, and carriers and OEMs adding unnecessary bloatware. Ok, you got me. I added that last one on my own, but it has become no less real than the first two. In an effort to drive revenue and make up for the subsidies they have to give in order to sell a device on a contract, carriers put their own (often unnecessary) software on the device and leave...

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Former Writer · Jul 31, 2012

Jelly Bean for the GSM EVO 3D, Xperia Play and Optimus GT540

The spread of Jelly Bean across XDA would be alarming if it weren't so wonderful. Devices old and new alike are enjoying the latest and greatest from Google to some capacity. Some of the more recent devices to get Jelly Bean are the GSM HTC EVO 3D, LG Optimus GT540, and the Sony Xperia PLAY. While the GSM EVO 3D is following its CDMA sibling and the Xperia PLAY is following its X8 and X10 siblings, the Optimus GT540 is...

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mustangtim49 · Jul 10, 2012

Paranoid Android Hybrid ROM Ported to the Xperia Play

One of the most recent types of development here on XDA is the idea of a hybrid ROM that melds tablet- and phone-based features into one ROM so that users can experience the best of both worlds. Paranoid Android is the first such hybrid ROM, and thanks to XDA Forum Member sechko, it is available for the Sony Xperia Play. The port is on its second version, and is based on the FXP127 base. Sechko has fixed the UI crashing that...

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Former Writer · Jun 11, 2012

Easy Bootloader Unlock Guide for the Xperia Play

If unlocking a bootloader were as easy as inserting a key and turning, there would be a many fewer people angry at Motorola. Unfortunately for new users, it isn't and often involves manually entering commands. While this isn't difficult, many new users can certainly appreciate a step-by-step guide to walk them through the process---especially when the guide explains each step and provides screen shots. Thanks to XDA Senior Member fma965, Sony Xperia Play users now have such a bootloader unlock guide to walk them...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 6, 2012

This Week in Development – XDA TV

This week on XDA TV, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer shenye gives us a basic rundown through some of this week's biggest development stories. In addition to talking about some April Fools news, Shen highlights the release of the HTC One line and how it should not be compared with the OMAP-based Galaxy Nexus. He then talks about CM9 on the Galaxy W, and how CyanogenMod itself has now found itself a new mascot. Next, Shen talks about development work and...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 30, 2012

Xperia Play Gets Official ICS Beta

Well, it seems that Sony (not Ericsson) is doing everything in their power to try and get the developer community back on their good side once again. Over the last couple of months, the electronics and media giant has been hard at work pushing early betas for some of their devices in the Xperia series released last year. Fact of the matter, ICS is almost going to be phased out and it hasn't even been released yet (Jelly bean is...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 26, 2012

Xperia S UI Ported to Non-Xperia Devices

A few days ago PoorCollegeGuy posted an article explaining a method of taking the UI from Sony's new Xperia S and using it on an Xperia Play. Now that's all fine and dandy for Xperia play users, but what about everyone else? For the rest of you looking to try Sony's sleek UI on non-Xperia device, XDA member ra3al has been hard at work with you in mind. He has managed to port the entire UI from the Xperia S...

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Former Writer · Jan 6, 2012

Team UtterChaos Brings You Touch-Enabled Recovery on Even More Devices

We've already brought you reports of a work in progress for the HTC HD2 getting touch-enabled recovery. As it turns out, there's several other phones who've had it for a couple weeks already. Thanks to the devoted work of Team UtterChaos, featuring XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD along with XDA Senior Member Napster. There's a few phones they're actively supporting their touch-enabled recovery on. For those who are unfamiliar, touch-enabled recovery is a recovery that utilizes touch screen controls to navigate instead of...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 22, 2011

Extremely Alpha ICS Port Appears for Xperia PLAY

Just under a week ago, we broke news that Sony Ericsson became the first major vendor to offer an official ICS update. Although the release was technically an alpha build, the reception was overwhelmingly positive. Unfortunately, many XDA members were left out in the cold since there were initially only 3 supported devices. While support was eventually added for a few more devices, many Sony Ericsson device owners were still left longing for Google's most recent tasty treat. However, this is XDA, folks....

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liwen · Dec 22, 2011

Sony Ericsson Announces Ice Cream Sandwich For 2011 Models

After Samsung, Sony Ericsson has also announced its plans for Ice Cream Sandwich updates. Also, not unlike Samsung, only its most recent models will get the update, exluding, for example, 2010's Xperia X10. If you've got a 2011 model, however, here's the schedule for the phased rollout: starting in late March, the Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray will get their skinned Android 4.0 goodness, while owners of the Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia mini...

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