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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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Will Verduzco · Feb 13, 2014

Sony Xperia T, TX, and V Join the SP and Receive Official Android 4.3

Just a few days ago, we talked about how Android 4.3 was starting to roll out (and was subsequently ripped and repackaged as an FTF) to the Sony Xperia SP. Now, Sony has begun rolling out the Android 4.3 goods to other members of the Xperia family: the Xperia T, TX, and V. In addition to bumping up the Android version to 4.3, the latest update also updates Sony's entire native app portfolio to their latest versions. Furthermore, the update also...

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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 11, 2014

Android 4.3 Leak Now Available for the Sony Xperia TX LT29i

Two days ago, we talked about a leaked Android 4.3 firmware build for the Sony Xperia T. The leak, so generously provided by XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD, came in at version 9.2.A.0.278, and featured generally great performance aside from a strange "NFC closed error." This highly functional status prompted many to question when a leaked build for its sibling, the TX, would emerge. Now, a version for the Sony Xperia TX has appeared, thanks to XDA Forum Member MN-Ming. This leaked build comes in...

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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 26, 2013

AOKP KitKat 4.4.2 Nightlies Now Available for 10 Devices!

As you're making your way down the list of things to try with your newly acquired tech toys, one thing you'll undoubtedly get around to is flashing a custom ROM. Those looking for aftermarket firmware now have one more Android 4.4.2-based option, as the AOKP team has just finished incorporating Google's latest and greatest into their nightly builds. Currently, Android 4.4.2-based nightly builds are available for the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7 (2013), Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy...

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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 · 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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egzthunder1 · Nov 14, 2013

4.4 KitKat Omni Lands on the Xperia T

As many of you are aware, an announcement was made during the BABBQ by some of the most outstanding developers in the Android world. A new ROM, called OmniROM, would be getting to an Android device near you and everything was find and dandy. Threads have been created in many fora across the site, where experienced and beginner devs alike have shown interest in trying to get this new community project working on as many devices as possible. All the hype blew...

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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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Samantha · Nov 6, 2013

Write Your Own Debloat Script for the Xperia T, TX, or V

Bloatware hasn't been much of an issue for Android users for quite a while now. Once rooted, the gates fly wide open to the beautiful, green pastures of customization. This provides a wide array of ways to get rid of useless, preinstalled software. From then on, you may freely take your picking. Maybe a custom ROM interests you? Perhaps you'd prefer something lighter, such as Titanium Backup? Perhaps a debloat script fits the bill. There are a great selection of...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 4, 2013

Run Multiple Small Apps on the Sony Xperia T and TX

One of the coolest OEM-specific customizations found on newer Sony Xperia devices is the Small Apps feature. It allows you to run a small app atop your currently running application, making for a much more powerful multitasking interface. In fact, we've written about various additional Small Apps created by our community members in the past, as well as how to get the functionality back once you've gone to an AOSP-derived ROM. Now, XDA Senior Member kongaz2 has figured out a way to...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 10, 2013

Status Bar Flipper and Navigation Bar Editor for Xperia T and V

The notification bar toggles that were added in Android 4.2 have proven themselves to be immensely useful to most users. That said, they're not perfect. For example, the CyanogenMod team was quick to reverse the toggle functionality such that a tap toggles the setting and a long-press takes you to the settings page. Furthermore, it's always nice to be able to customize the options that are modifiable. If you've got yourself a Sony Xperia T or Xperia V and wish to...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 20, 2013

LK Bootloader for Sony Xperia T Breaks the Chains Between Kernel and Recovery

Often times, we find certain aspects of flashing ROMs, kernels, and anything that needs to be installed via recovery a bit of a pain. For instance, on older Samsung Galaxy devices (anything before the Galaxy S3), having a custom recovery involves having a kernel lumped alongside because the recovery and boot partition are stored in the same location. This means that updating the kernel will wipe your custom recovery. Now, most owners work around this limitation by flashing what is...

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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 · Jan 19, 2013

Make Your Voice Heard – Vote on the Next XDA Cases

At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we've seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4---but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup. Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA....

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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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