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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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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 10, 2014

[FTF] Sony Rolls Out Android 4.4.4 for Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

While Sony is still struggling to provide KitKat for some of their mid-end phones from 2013 (still pending investigation), owners of flagship devices from this Japanese OEM should feel happy right about now. Sony has started to roll out an update to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL and Xperia Tablet Z bringing the latest Android 4.4.4 on board and fixing lots of bugs present in earlier firmware revisions. When Sony released a KitKat update back in May, more than a...

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Will Verduzco · May 21, 2014

[OTA Captured] Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z Now Receiving Official Android 4.4 KitKat

Despite being one of the most developer-friendly OEMs, Sony isn't quite known for its timely Android firmware updates. But despite this, Sony has already managed to update its 2013 flagship devices to the latest version of Android.You may recall that a little over a month ago, Sony "indirectly confirmed" their plans to officially update the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z to Android 4.4 KitKat sometime this month. Now with just a week and a half left in May, Sony is finally making...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 18, 2014

Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z to Receive Official KitKat Update in May

It's no secret that although Sony is one of the most developer-friendly OEMs, they aren't exactly the most expedient in delivering firmware updates to their Xperia devices. But despite the delays, Sony has already updated its 2013 flagship devices to Google's latest tasty treat. When Sony issued its last round of KitKat updates, the OEM also laid out a projected Q2-2014 timetable for its 2012 flagship devices. Now, Sony has gone ahead and confirmed this---albeit somewhat indirectly. And just like what...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 23, 2013

Android 4.3 Rolling Out to the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z

In the past few months, Sony has been quick to demonstrate its willingness to work with the aftermarket development and enthusiast communities by publishing experimental unskinned builds for various devices. At the same time, they've also pushed out official firmware updates at a relatively quick pace, even for some older devices. To that end, the company has been rolling out official Android 4.3 updates to many of its past Xperia devices over the last few weeks. And now, the company...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 17, 2013

Android 4.3 Rollout Imminent for the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z

Just yesterday, we covered how Android 4.3 had begun rolling out to the Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra. The release surprised no one, as we recently saw Android 4.3 leaks for the  Sony Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL, both of which were met with great user response. Now, Sony appears to be ready to continue this trend, with impending updates for the latter two devices (the Xperia Z and ZL), as well as updates for the Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z. As discovered by Xperiablog.net,...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 13, 2013

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 for Sony devices. Now, Sony has some new treats for developers just in time for the Holiday season. The company has now released AOSP device...

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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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Jimmy McGee · Sep 9, 2013

Xperia Tab Z AOSP GPS Fixed, Open Source Android Performance Tweaks, WP8 Interop Unlock – XDA Developer TV

The AOSP GPS woes of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z have been fixed! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article about an open source performance control app and news about an interop unlock for the Samsung Ativ S. Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video talking about...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 8, 2013

AOSP GPS Woes on Xperia Tablet Z Fixed

If you've got yourself a shiny new Sony Xperia Tablet Z and have loaded an AOSP-based build, you have probably noticed the lack of GPS functionality. Thankfully, these pains have now been solved. The fix comes (indirectly) courtesy of the new, official Sony 4.2.2 release using updated libraries. Using these libraries, XDA Senior Member nycbjr was able to achieve working GPS last weekend, as chronicled in this post in the official CyanogenMod for the Xperia Tablet Z thread. Nycbjr's patches (1, 2) were submitted and...

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Samantha · Aug 30, 2013

Get Back the Floating Remote on Xperia Tablet Z AOSP ROMs

Sony Xperia Tablet Z users who have made the AOSP switch may have noticed the consequential disappearance of Sony's Small Apps suite. One of these small apps is the mini remote control, a floating remote that has no doubt proven its worth to many folks in living rooms on lazy Sunday afternoons. So for those missing its multitasking functionality, you can now get it back with TSRemote. Thanks to XDA Senior Member lowtraxx, Xperia Tablet Z users will now be able...

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jerdog · Aug 19, 2013

XDA Tablet Z Development Competition Results Are In

Confucius say, "All good things are difficult to achieve..." How's that for beginning the announcement of a Grand Prize winner for the XDA Tablet Z Development Competition? It would be completely accurate, given the nature of the competition. We first accepted entrants into the competition where they told us how they would use the Sony Xperia Tablet Z and its many features in a new development project, with 10 being chosen from that list. Then, we gave them a Tablet...

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jerdog · Aug 4, 2013

XDA Tablet Z Development Competition Voting is Live!

Back in June, we announced the start of a unique competition here at XDA involving the latest high end tablet from Sony. And in early July, we announced the Stage 1 winners. What was to follow was a month of intense development from the 10 winners, 9 of whom are listed below (in random order). Note: only 9 are mentioned, as the 10th winner never responded. lilstevie - Open Source LK (LittleKernel) Bootloader + Recovery Apache14 - Open Source Infrared...

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jerdog · Jun 21, 2013

XDA Tablet Z Competition Winners Announced!

If you have been living under a rock, XDA has been running an amazing contest the past two weeks involving the latest tablet to hit the market, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. After almost 100 entries, the judges were able to narrow it down to the following 10 winners (in no particular order) along with a brief description of their winning entry: 1. lilstevie - LittleKernel development to allow separate boot and recovery kernels 2. zacthespack - native port of, and...

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jerdog · Jun 5, 2013

XDA Tablet Z Development Competition

Everyone loves a good competition; there's no denying it. Generally, we don't just give away devices for the sake of giving them away. Sure it drives traffic, but that traffic usually ends up going away until the next giveaway. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. We would rather showcase the amazing work done by the developers on XDA and let that drive traffic than to try and drive traffic by giveaway. However, when given an opportunity to give away something that promotes development, we...

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Will Verduzco · May 21, 2013

Forums Added for the LG Optimus G Pro and Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Not too long ago, we talked about how Sony was continuing its AOSP efforts on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Now, we have given the device its place in our forums. For the uninitiated, the Xperia Tablet Z is Sony's most recent flagship tablet. It features a 10.1" 1920x1200 LCD, equating to approximately 224 ppi. The high resolution panel is backed by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 processor and 2 GB of RAM. It also features a 6000 mAh...

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Jimmy McGee · May 20, 2013

Sony Releases AOSP Code for Xperia Tablet Z, New HttpClient Android Tutorial Available – XDA Developer TV

Sony continues its AOSP initiative by releasing it on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is a tutorial on using HttpClient to upload and download with your App. And in related news, there is an article on how to promote your app. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released...

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jerdog · May 17, 2013

Sony Continues AOSP Initiative on the Tablet Z

Sometimes, you can harp on a subject so much that you end up beating a dead horse. In our eyes, this is not one of those instances. Enough can't be said for companies that take Open Source seriously, as well as their responsibility to contribute back to the very community that helps to boost adoption rates for their devices. Sony Mobile is one of those companies that gets it. They have contributed to the open source community with their DASH code,...

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