SONY XPERIA S Posts on XDA

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...