POSTS TAGGED: Sony Xperia S

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

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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, for those who would want to get one of the aforementioned devices but cannot really bring themselves to spending more money on newer devices, XDA Forum Member Rizal Lovins has you covered.

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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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Unofficial AOKP Jelly Bean Ported to 14 Sony Xperia Devices

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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 awe

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Boot Manager for the Xperia S

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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 experimental warning label. There’s a lot of work going on with this project, so it shouldn’t take an excessive amount of time to compete.

For more info, head over to the original thread.

[Thanks to XDA Senior Member neectron for the tip!]. . . READ ON »
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Sony Releases Xperia S Binaries for AOSP Support

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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 things to come, as this will make ROM development easier, without worries of filing petition after petition for the required proprietary binaries and other essentials. What’s more, the CyanogenMod team has also commi. . . READ ON »

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

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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 Android? Who does this development in the Android Open Source Project really benefit? To find out azrienoch’s answers to these questions, check out this video.

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CM10 Alpha Builds for 7 Xperia Devices

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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 Xperia S.

Normally, there would be a laundry list of developers responsible for a laundry list of CM10 releases like this. That is not the case this time. XDA Recognized Developer FXP is actually responsible for all of them. In fact, FXP has released all the CM10 ROMs in the same thre. . . READ ON »

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New Root Method Released for Xperia S Devices With Locked Bootloaders

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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 newer root method, users have not one, but two different methods—the long way by XDA Forum Member sharaz22 or the short way by XDA Forum Member hk2006. Both root methods ultimately achieve the same goal, but there are reports of both met. . . READ ON »

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