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Samantha · Dec 6, 2014

Sony Xperia S, Ion, and Acro S Get Unofficial Android 5.0 Builds

The Sony Xperia S, Acro S and Ion devices were released at the beginning of 2012, and were the first line of phones to bear the Sony brand name. In this way, they were quite iconic, as they represented the end of an era of Sony Ericsson, and the beginning of Sony Mobile. And they started off on the right foot as well, adding the Xperia S AOSP as an experimental device, a tradition which sees us through the last...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 2, 2014

Locked Bootloader Xperia S and Want CM10? No Problem!

Earlier today, we talked about a highly functional KitKat build for the Sony Xperia S created by XDA Recognized Developer RaymanFX and the OpenSEMC team. The release, which brings daily driver-status unofficial CM11 to the much loved Xperia S is perhaps the top choice for users looking for the latest and greatest software on their unlocked device. But what about users who haven't or can't unlock their bootloaders? Well, that's no longer an issue thanks to a ROM created by XDA Recognized Contributors djolivier and letama, and Recognized...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 2, 2014

Highly Functional KitKat Build for Sony Xperia S

You may recall that just yesterday, we featured a highly functional KitKat build for the  Sony Xperia Ion, a somewhat forgotten device that was only officially updated to Android 4.1.2 and never received stable aftermarket builds of Android 4.2 or 4.3. Yesterday's work came from  XDA Senior Member MrGezz and Recognized Developer RaymanFX. As it turns out, several loyal readers sent tips and told us in the comments about RaymanFX's previous work on a different, but related device. Today, we're going to take a look at another build created...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 13, 2013

Sony Pushes Envelope of Developer Friendliness Once Again, AOSP KitKat for Xperia L

For quite some time now, we've been continually impressed by Sony's efforts to appeal to the development community and its power users. In fact, ever since Sony's AOSP experiment with the Xperia S last summer, the company has kept to its promise of providing as many resources as possible for those creating aftermarket development work for Sony devices. Now, Sony has some new treats for developers just in time for the Holiday season. The company has now released AOSP device...

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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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jerdog · Jan 26, 2013

An Official Alpha Release WITH Kernel Source? Who Does This Sort of Thing?

Here at XDA, we take the responsibility of carriers and OEMs to provide timely updates to their devices (and to honor their GPL requirements) seriously. There are those who do a good job (Samsung is one of them), those who don't always do a good job (HTC, Motorola, LG), and those who do a terrible job (Huawei, ZTE, Rockchip to name a few). But there is one who right now is doing a terrific job, and that is Sony Mobile. Back...

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jerdog · Dec 30, 2012

Sony Releases Beta Flash Tool for Unlocked Xperia Devices

When you purchase a device, it's always desirable to be able to use it as you wish. Sadly, this is often not the case. This is because most of the time, people purchase devices with a carrier subsidy. What this means is that essentially the carrier is letting you purchase the device at a reduced rate, say $300 off suggested retail, with the terms of a contract stating you will stay with them for (usually) two years. This guarantees that...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 18, 2012

Sony Xperia S: How to Root and What’s in the Box? – XDA Developer TV

Recently, XDA named Sony as OEM of the year. From being the first non-Nexus device to be supported in Android Open Source Project to taking over the community build themselves, Sony has given back to the development community. XDA Recognized Developer, News Writer, and Senior Moderator jerdog got his hands on the Sony Xperia S. He talks about the device and how it compares to other devices. He shows you what comes in the box of an Sony Xperia S...

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jerdog · Nov 19, 2012

Xperia S AOSP Experiment Ends with New Direction

When a successful experiment ends, there are usually "next steps." In the case of the Sony Xperia S AOSP experiment, Google's Jean-Baptiste Quéru (JBQ) called it a success. He was extremely happy with what Sony brought to the table and the work that was done. Going forward from Jelly Bean onward, Sony will be taking over the project, and how they are going to be doing so is a great win for the community. The reasoning for moving the Xperia S...

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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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egzthunder1 · Oct 1, 2012

Get the Latest Walkman from the Xperia S, T, and V on any ICS Device

As we love having different things from different devices on our "non-compatible" phones, we cannot help but enjoy features such as the Sense lock screen, TouchWiz, Blur (riiight), Timescape, and more. One feature that has not gotten a whole lot of press is the Walkman player present in the Xperia S, T, and V devices. This player is featured pack with visualizations, equalizers, smooth animations, transitions, and everything that one expects of a music player this day and age. Luckily,...

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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 · 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 21, 2012

Boot Manager for the Xperia S

Dual booting on Android is a lot of fun. Not only does this give users a chance to run multiple ROMs, but users can also separately customize each instance of the OS to suit their needs. Sony Xperia S owners may be getting dual boot functionality very soon. XDA Senior Member letama has released a very rough Boot Manager for the Xperia S. We say rough because it's version 0.2, and it has been deemed okay if you don't mind the...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 3, 2012

Sony Releases Xperia S Binaries for AOSP Support

It's been a couple of weeks since we shared news that the Sony Xperia S was being added to the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) by Technical Lead Jean-Baptiste Queru. This aims to deliver a Nexus-like, pure vanilla Android experience to the device. Now, Sony has released the proprietary binaries required to make it happen! This is the first time since the introduction of the Nexus One that a non-Nexus phone receives the official AOSP treatment. We hope this is a sign of...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 28, 2012

Sony Xperia S Added to AOSP, Good News or Bad News? – XDA Developer TV

Recently, XDA News Writer Ian Stacy reported that Technical Lead of the Android Open Source Project at Google, Jean-Baptiste Queru announced that the first experimental device was added to the Android Open Source Project tree. This phone was the Sony Xperia S.  While this is good news for Sony and Android in general, what does this really mean? XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch returns to give his opinion on this announcement. Is it good for developers? Is it good for...

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Former Writer · Aug 2, 2012

CM10 Alpha Builds for 7 Xperia Devices

The Sony Xperia line up has been rather busy in recent weeks. With the Xperia S lock screen being ported to five other Xperia devices and ICS AOKP getting ported to 16 Xperia devices, users have had a lot to do with their Xperia devices. The trend doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon, as over half a dozen Xperia devices now have CM10 ports. Specifically, the Sony Xperia Ray, Sony Xperia Neo/NeoV, Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S/Pro, and the...

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Former Writer · Jul 15, 2012

New Root Method Released for Xperia S Devices With Locked Bootloaders

As a device gets older, the development surrounding it evolves. Root methods come, root methods go, and new root methods are born. This also goes for ROMs, kernels, and pretty much any other type of development you can think of. It happens for various reasons, but typically it's due to firmware updates that render old methods obsolete. In other cases, it's to achieve root when stuck on a locked bootloader. The Sony Xperia S falls into that category. With this...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 21, 2012

Ice Cream Sandwich Rolling Out to Sony Xperia S

Just about six months ago, we wrote about how Sony was extremely prompt in releasing an alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich for much of its Xperia line. Now to put this in context, this is the same company that tried to convince us that their skinned version of Android 2.1 Éclair was better than Android 2.2 Froyo, and thus an upgrade to vanilla Froyo would actually be a downgrade. Luckily, it seems as if Sony has learned from its mistakes and is now...

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Former Writer · Jun 10, 2012

Sony Xperia Neo and Xperia S Receive ICS-Compatible Walkman App

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...

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