February 24, 2014 By: Samantha
You may remember that a couple of months ago, the Sony Xperia Tipo received an unofficial CyanogenMod 11 port, supporting the fact that even small phones can have Kitkat too. Of course, what’s the use of such a port if you don’t have your Xperia Tipo set up and ready to take a bite of the Kitkat bar in the first place? Good thing for you if this sounds a bit too familiar to you, as XDA Forum Member AlexDroid00 has developed a handy multi-tool called Xperia Tipo Tools.
The aptly named utility packs in some very useful functions, both for new owners of the Xperia Tipo, and for those who have been playing with it for some time. Its functions include:
AlexDroid00 chose to categorize the tool’s functions as primary, secondary and universal, but all of them should work just fine with your Xperia Tipo. Additionally, the tool comes both in English and Italian, and is already version three. It must be noted that as of right now, the root function only works in Italian. So if you can’t read the language, you either have to wait for a future release which may include English as well perhaps other languages, or use Google translate.
If you would like to give Xperia Tipo Tools a go, head over to the original thread for more information.
December 24, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
Over the years, Sony has released several devices with low-end hardware. But the lack of a good camera and a limited number of cores hasn’t proven to be an insurmountable burden when porting Android 4.4 KitKat to devices such as the Motorola Defy and Google Nexus One.
The Sony Xperia Tipo is one of these low powered devices. Released in June 2012, it is a small 3.2” phone with 800 MHz Cortex A5 processor and Adreno 200 GPU. It is also a very popular device on our forum. But despite this, it hasn’t received much developer attention. Now thanks to XDA Senior Member srl3gx, the Tipo has received unofficial CM11 KitKat goodness. We also can’t forget about XDA Recognized Developer FXP, who first ported CyanogenMod to this device.
So far, CM11 is not fully usable, as GSM, Bluetooth, WiFi, vold, and camera don’t work. However, these things should be ironed out soon, and the Xperia Tipo and hopefully other legacy Xperia phones like Miro, J or E will be fully stable while running KitKat.
If you own a Sony Xperia Tipo and want to check the progress of this project, please make your way to the development thread and give it a try.
[Thanks to XDA Senior Member Abadguy10 for the tip!]