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Locked Sony Xperia SP Gets Lollipop Port

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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 prevent device damage through improper flashing, but a very frustrating situation for experienced users. The Sony Xperia SP has the same problem, luckily the XDA Forum Member bagyusz managed to po. . . READ ON »

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Flash Cyanogen Recovery to Your 2012 Sony Xperia

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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 Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia V, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Tablet Z in both variants, Xperia ZL, Xperia T, Xperia SP and Xperia ZR.  As you can see, the list of supported devices is very l. . . READ ON »

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Sony Xperia SP Receives Functional Firefox OS Port

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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 with on their devices, being Firefox OS.

Ported by XDA Forum Member boylush, the Firefox OS build for the Xperia SP is based on CM 10.2 and is relatively stable for the time being. Main functions such as 3G data, messaging, calls and WiFi are a. . . READ ON »

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

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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 efforts by XDA Senior Member kuriboo, the Xperia SP now has a mod that allows users to experience the much better looking, 3D recent apps interface HTC devices running Sense 4.0 have. Once the mod has been i. . . READ ON »

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CyanogenMod 11 and SlimKat for the Locked Xperia SP

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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 remaining, so both builds can be considered stable.

Bagyusz also shared his sources . . . READ ON »

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

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Although the  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 update page for the device, it brings an enhanced user experience, improved battery life, and software performance improvements. This, however, doesn’t tell the whol. . . READ ON »

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Sony Xperia SP with Locked Bootloader Receives Unofficial CyanogenMod 10.2 Port

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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 flashed. All Xperia SP owners with locked bootloaders now have a reason to smile. XDA Forum Member bagyusz used a method developed by XDA Recognized Developer KeiranFTW to create a build of CyanogenMod 10.2 available fo. . . READ ON »

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

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A little over a month ago, we first caught wind that an Android 4.3 build was being prepared for release on the . 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. But what about those running other variants? Well, getting the OTA file is no big deal, as a simple build.prop modification posted by XDA Senior Member antkalaitzakis96 will allow you to receive the OTA notification as well, although it’s unlikely t. . . READ ON »

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

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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 folks taking a liking for Sony’s UI, leading to XDA Recognized Themer BDFreak creating an interesting framework for the Sony Xperia Z1, Z, ZL, SP, T, TX and V.

As Xperia owners would know, the Sony UI can only be seen on apps made by Sony, such as the messaging app, Walkman, and . . . READ ON »

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