December 30, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Many modifications are maintained for an extended period of time. However, sometimes mods are forgotten for a while and resurface with exciting changes. After all, new features on older apps can deliver an total facelift. Now, there is a modification for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Active, and Ray that’s making a comeback.
XDA Senior Member serajr has updated a modification that first began back in July. Since then, it has been updated to bring some Jelly Bean-like goodness to Xperia devices in a friendly systemUI mod for those running Ice Cream Sandwich. The feature list includes:
- New JB style 23 toggles with tabbed slider controls (Created by Me from Scratch)
- New Me toggle (to edit it´s image or title, go to Contacts and edit Myself first contact)
- Fixed first Quick Panel row (3 top toggles – Me | Settings | Recent Apps)
- New JB style full screen notifications and quick panel expanded views
- New flip Notifications to Quick Panel transition animation
- New slide In/Out Quick Panel Toggles to Sliders transition animation
- All Toggles and Sliders in sync with android settings (observers added)
- Notifications is default view when opening Status Bar
- SystemUI Preferences screen now is opened by tapping device Menu button while on expanded notifications view
- 4 new customizable background images for Status Bar, Notifications, Notifications Header and Quick Panel
- Full working two state Status Bar open/close drag handle
- Preference to choose status bar opacity percentage or Use Custom Image
- Preference to enable/disable full screen notifications and quick panel expanded views
- Preference to choose Quick Panel Tabs screen position (top or bottom)
- Removed thin and gray notifications glow separators
- Fixed preference screen Quick Panel Tab force close issue
There is quite a lot of new stuff in this latest update, making it far more complete than prior versions. If you have one of the aforementioned Xperia devices and care for the look seen in the featured image, check out the original thread.
[Thanks to Till-Kruspe for the tip.]
November 3, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Making cameras better than they actually are has been kind of a trend here at XDA, as seen on the International Galaxy Note and the Nexus 7, among many others. Now there is a new mod for the Sony Xperia Ray, Active, Mini, and Mini Pro that adds a few new features.
This mod was released by XDA Senior Member Rizal Lovins. There may be some confusion because Rizal Lovins actually released a different camera mod for the Xperia Ray a couple of months ago. This new mod is for all four of the aforementioned devices. Some of the features include:
Camera Mod Fast Capture
Smooth HD Recording
HQ Stereo Audio Video Recording
Improved HD Video Audio to 256kbps From 128kbps
Format HD Video Recording changed to MPEG4 from H264 for better performance Smooth
100% JPEG Quality
If you’ve been wanting a little more out of your smartphone camera, this is definitely a mod for you to check out. It has been out for a few releases already, so it’s pretty stable. And after the latest updates, no one has reported any issues or bugs.
To learn more, check out the original thread.
October 25, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Another Sony Xperia device was released recently. If you’re unfamiliar with the development culture of Xperia devices, that means that everything on the new Xperia device will be ported to every other Xperia device in short order. For now, though, the Sony Xperia Ray, Active, Mini, and Mini Pro have gotten a port of some Sony Xperia T goodies.
XDA Recognized Themer Pranav110089 has released a decently sized package of Xperia T goodies for the older Xperia devices. The initial release was reported as buggy, but Pranav110089 has been able to fix most of the bugs and the package is pretty much ready for daily use. The features includes:
* Xperia T Small Apps [Full Port for MDPI Devices]
* Xperia S lockscreen compatible
* Xperia GX and Jelly Bean like SystemUI [Without Any Bug]
* Removed Reboot Option [Because there is bug ]
[Still you can reboot via Notification Toggle]
* 30 Step volume MOD
For those who don’t know, Small Apps are actually applications that appear on your screen as windows. This is similar to the multi window feature on the Galaxy Note 2, except it doesn’t take up two halves of the screen. Installation is easy, just flash the package in recovery.
For additional details, check out the original thread.
September 21, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
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 the FreeXperia Team, whose work was critical to the achievement. In championswimmer’s words:
It is very important to mention here that nothing, yes i repeat NOTHING was possible without the awesome work done by FreeXperia team for the community. For all 2011 devices we are using their device trees almost untouched. So all the hardware work (making camera, sensors, gralloc, hardware acceleration etc work flawlessly) is purely the credit of FreeXperiaTeam (FXP, bin4ry, defer and Kali- ) If there is anyone whom you really need to thank for Xperia devices being able to run CM9/AOSP/AOKP/MIUI or whatever non-stock ROMs it’s the great people like : ZdZihu, FXP, Bin4ry, defer, Kali-, KeiranFTW, DoomLord, Androxyde, Achotjan, Azuzu and many many more. The only thing that KXP team has done is made the devices and vendor trees fit into the groove of AOKP source tree and manage a buildable environment. Our contribution in KXP ROMs is much much less as compared to the contribution of Team Kang and Team FreeXperia. (Ofcourse on older devices we had to work a lot becuase FXP does not support them anymore)
The functionality varies depending on device. However, there aren’t more than two or three things broken per device, and none of it is bad enough to be considered unstable. In addition to releasing the ROMs for all these devices, KXP has also written up a nice tutorial showing users how to download and compile their own source code. So if users want to grab the latest and greatest or just tinker around, it is available. Do be advised, the tutorial for compiling is for 64-bit Ubuntu, and will require at least 10GB of disk space.
If you’d like to know more and see the full list of supported devices, check out the original thread.
August 25, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
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 is compatible with a large number of Sony Xperia devices, including:
And there are a few more. The features of the toolkit are as expected for such a release, and include a number of features including:
Download and install stock firmware – Not all firmwares are online.
CWM for locked bootloader – untested.
Root – GB only.
Unroot – GB only.
Flash system image
Erase Data and Cache.
Install update.zip – not ROM zip.
Install ROM addons.
Install Boot animations – please suggest more.
XRH Backup – Backup & Restore system, data and cache.
XRH Nandroid Backup – Make a Nandroid backup when the device on.
NEW: Adding ICS Firmwares!
The toolkit is a very new release. New that the firmwares aren’t done uploading yet, so do give it some time before you start downloading all the stock firmwares you need. Also, users have reported that some anti-virus websites pop up a warning. These are false positives, as many flash tools are incorrectly marked as trojans. To learn more, head over to the original thread.
August 20, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Given the extreme sharing nature of the Sony Xperia lineup, it was only a matter of time before the recently released Sony Xperia GX had its software ported to every other Sony Xperia device. Thus, the Sony Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Active, and Ray all got a port of the Docomo app from the GX.
Posted to the forums by XDA Senior Member Till-Kruspe, the Docomo application is essentially the launcher from the GX, along with some applications on the side. Unfortunately, many of the options for it are still in Japanese and in need of translation, so it’s hard to identify all of the features. According to Till-Kruspe:
very fast and fluid…you can add up to 12 home screens…and there is “KISEKAE” which I think a theme setting (maybe) can’t understand because it is written in Japanese. Media player with Dynamic EQ…Nice UI with a lots of setting…can play videos as well…
It’s not difficult to install either, just side load it onto your device like any other APK file. Since there are no framework files to install, it’s probably compatible with many other untested devices as well. For download links and screenshots, head to the original thread.
February 7, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Installing a mod is usually a fun tweak or feature that improves the quality of an already running system, such as RAM management or add a feature that wasn’t there previously. A mod that adds eight features would, statistically, eight times better.
XDA Senior Member hansip87 has released a mod for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray that adds 8 features to a user’s phone. According to hansip87, the mod is compatible with the .42 and .62 stock firmware versions, so if you’re not running those it is not recommended for flashing.
The features included are:
1. Reboot Menu – Add Reboot Menu
2. Volume stepping – Enable 30 stepping for our Ray while listening media file
3. Disable Scrolling Cache – Improve List View smoothness while scrolling
4. Battery Persistent Lock Screen Mod – To check Battery Stats on Lock Screen while not charging/low battery
5. Smooth Spinner Loading Animation – Smoother Loading Circle Animation
6. Status Bar Power Widget + Ultra Theme – Shortcut for Device Setting Widget
7. Added Brightness of Dim/25%/40% and Dim/15%/25% – Finer control for Brightness Widget
8. Added Swipe to Remove Notification – Remove only unwanted notification, not all of ‘em
If this is a mod you’d like to see on your phone, you can head on over to the original thread for download links and instructions on installing. Additionally, there’s a number of other modifications posted so users can further customize their phones. As always, make a backup before flashing, just in case!