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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 7, 2014

Locked Sony Xperia SP Gets Lollipop Port

Locked bootloader are generally a development killer on many devices. Without being able to install custom kernels, development for the device becomes very tedious, and there is often no possible workaround for the remaining ROM defects. Sony is one of the few OEMs that allows users to unlock their bootloaders. This unfortunately doesn't mean that all users can unlock. Sometimes, carriers put restrictions in place to prevent users from flashing custom kernels. This is a wise choice for the carriers to...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 28, 2014

Flash Cyanogen Recovery to Your 2012 Sony Xperia

Cyanogen Recovery is one of the newest custom recovery projects available in the aftermarket development community. Its minimalist and easy-to-navigate user interface makes it worth a shot for many new users. While ClockworkMod, TWRP and PhilZ remain three of the most popular recoveries, you can try Cyanogen Recovery on a large number of devices. XDA Recognized Developer championswimmer decided to port the Simple CM Touch Recovery to the whole 2012 line of Sony Xperia devices. You can find images for...

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Samantha · Sep 28, 2014

Sony Xperia SP Receives Functional Firefox OS Port

It was recently revealed that the Sony Xperia SP would not be receiving the official Android 4.4 KitKat update from Sony, which expectedly left many owners rather confused and disappointed. Because after all, its specs shows that the Xperia SP is more than capable of running the update, and the fact that it was released last year doesn't really help explain things. However, not everything is terrible for Xperia SP users at this time, as they have something else to play...

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Samantha · May 19, 2014

HTC Sense 4-Style Task Switcher for the Sony Xperia SP

If you find yourself a bit bored with the recent apps interface of your Sony Xperia device, I don't blame you. The bland, square thumbnails that are available on Xperia devices aren't much of an innovation over the stock Android look. But until the next iteration of Sony's Timescape UI, we are left hoping for something more interesting to appear. But what can we do until then? Well, Xperia SP users can switch things up a bit with a Sense 4.0-styled Task Switcher mod. Thanks to...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 2, 2014

CyanogenMod 11 and SlimKat for the Locked Xperia SP

Some OEMs are more developer-friendly than others. One of the friendliest is Sony, which gives its user the ability to unlock their bootloader. Many mobile carriers don't quite share Sony's enthusiasm towards open source and lock their phones, leading to the "Bootloader Unlock Allowed: No" message. A while ago, we talked about the Sony Xperia SP receiving a CyanogenMod 10.2 port for locked devices. XDA Forum Member bagyusz went even further and ported Android 4.4 in CyanogenMod and SlimKat flavors. This is even more impressive, because these ports have no known bugs...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 3, 2014

[FTF] Sony Xperia SP Receives Android 4.3 Maintenance Upgrade to 12.1.A.1.201

Although the Xperia SP isn't yet in the list of devices scheduled to receive the official Android 4.4 goods from Sony, that's not to say that the SP can't still benefit from some rather substantial OEM love. Early yesterday, Sony began updating the Xperia SP to firmware version 12.1.A.1.201. While it's not KitKat, it packs quite a few bugfixes over the previously released 12.1.A.0.266 build. Just like the previous build, 12.1.A.1.201 is based upon Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. But according to Sony's...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 11, 2014

Sony Xperia SP with Locked Bootloader Receives Unofficial CyanogenMod 10.2 Port

Sony released quite a few of interesting devices in 2013. One of the most successful was the Xperia SP, a device that easily can compete with Nexus 4 and other relatively powerful smartphones. Not too long ago, the Xperia SP was updated to Android 4.3. This gave developers an opportunity to cross more boundaries and limitations. Xperia devices, although capable of being unlocked, are often locked by carriers. That makes developing for those devices harder, as custom kernels can't be...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 11, 2014

[OTA Captured!] Android 4.3 Now Rolling Out to the Sony Xperia SP on Vodaphone AU

A little over a month ago, we first caught wind that an Android 4.3 build was being prepared for release on the Sony Xperia SP. And just one day later, we saw an Android 4.3 leak appear for the device. Then, Sony came clean about its update plans for the popular mid-range device through Twitter. Now, the official Android 4.3 update for the Sony Xperia SP is finally here, although it's currently only being rolled out to devices on Vodafone Australia....

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Samantha · Jan 20, 2014

Get the Sony UI in Non-Sony Apps on Sony Xperia Devices

Now that Google's Holo theme has been around for quite a while now, it's probably safe to say that a very large portion of apps, if not the majority, have adopted the Holo look. But as OEMs are, they like to keep things their way, and this is no different when it comes to Sony. But unlike some OEMs and their preferred interfaces, the aesthetic route Sony has taken doesn't stray too much from Holo. This may have resulted many...

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Samantha · Jan 18, 2014

Full Smart Social Camera Experience Ported to Android 4.3 Sony Xperia Devices

One of the more attractive aspects of the new Android 4.3 update on a number of Sony Xperia devices is what Sony calls the "Smart Social Camera." Originally exclusive to only the Xperia Z1, the camera software allows users to install additional Xperia-only camera apps for additional functions and features to enhance your photo and video experience. Such apps may include Social Live, which live streams whatever your camera lens sees straight to Facebook; or Info Eye, which brings up...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 16, 2014

Sony Xperia T, TX, V, and SP to Receive Official Android 4.3 OTA Starting Late This Month

We've been talking quite a bit about Android 4.3 for the Sony Xperia, T, TX, V, and Xperia SP as of late. About a month ago, we saw the devices receive DLNA certification for the upcoming 4.3 update. Then not too long after, the leaks started pouring in---first for the Sony Xperia T and SP, then for the Xperia TX, and finally for the Xperia V. After all these highly functional leaked builds, we all had a feeling that an official...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 9, 2014

Leaked Android 4.3 Now Available for the Sony Xperia SP and T

You may recall that just yesterday, we talked about how the Android 4.3 update for the Sony Xperia T and Xperia SP was drawing near. We were made aware of this thanks to XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD, who shared screenshots of the latest test builds for both devices and was taking requests for any other screenshots that users might be interested in. Now just a few hours after his previous "sneak peak," DooMLoRD has decided to make the firmwares available. Initially, the firmware was meant for...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 8, 2014

Android 4.3 Drawing Near for the Sony Xperia SP and T

Android 4.4 KitKat is all the rave, with more and more devices receiving aftermarket builds by the handful practically every day. Some devices such as the current Nexus lineup, the Moto X, Moto G, and certain variants of the HTC One also have official KitKat releases. Despite this, many devices, especially older ones, are stuck on pre-4.3 releases. This is the case for the Sony Xperia T and Xperia SP, which only ever made it to 4.1 in official capacity. You may recall that...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 15, 2013

Official Android 4.3 for Xperia SP, T, TX, and V Certified by DLNA, Likely Coming Very Soon

There's no denying that Android 4.4 KitKat is all the rage now. The current Nexus lineup and the Google Play edition devices have already received their official updates to Android 4.4.2. Furthermore, many popular devices are getting highly functional unofficial ports left and right. Most consumer devices, however, have not yet gotten the goods. In fact, most are running firmwares that are at least a couple Android revisions old. Luckily, we're at least seeing progress. This past week, we saw...

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Samantha · Dec 4, 2013

Revitalize Your Sony Xperia SP with Speedy Droid

Smartphones are pretty high maintenance devices. No matter how impressive the spec sheets are, the phone in your hand will inevitably get cluttered and unkempt with daily use, personalization, customization, and modifications. This is why it's a good idea to have a 'spring cleaning' of sorts every once in a while, just to refresh your device. So for Sony Xperia SP users looking to do so, Speedy Droid may be of interest. Developed by XDA Recognized Developer Divaksh, Speedy Droid...

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Samantha · Nov 23, 2013

Sony Xperia SP to Get Android 4.4 KitKat; Xperia T, TX, V, ZR ‘Under Investigation’

Over the last few weeks, we've seen some very exciting news and announcements from OEMs and telecom providers regarding Android 4.4 KitKat rollout schedules. Among them, we saw Sony share details on the first raft of Xperia devices slated to receive the update. The announcement wasn't met with just smiles, however, as many Xperia users have voiced their confusion, anger, and disappointment over the selection of devices Sony has decided to allow into the KitKat party. If you found yourself disappointed before,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 8, 2013

Planned 4.3 and 4.4 Upgrades for Current Sony Xperia Devices

Ever since the unveiling of Android 4.4, the question that is hounding almost everyone's mind inevitably turns to when (or if) their OEMs will break them off a piece of that KitKat bar. We first heard that the current Nexus stable, as well as a few other devices, would be first in line for the update. Now, Sony has decided to weigh in on the upgrade path for many of its current devices. First off, Android 4.3 will be rolling...

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