POSTS TAGGED: Sony Xperia U

TWRP Recovery Now Available for the Xperia U, P, Go, and Sola

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The importance of an aftermarket recovery is undeniable. These amazing tools make various tasks easy, and allow users to flash various modifications, as well as create Nandroid backups that save us when we get the bootloop blues. Recoveries are also needed to easily flash a ROM. Because of this, you can pretty much find one or more custom recovery for every device with a forum here.

The most popular recoveries around are ClockworkMod Recovery, PhilZ Recovery, and Team Win Recovery Project. TWRP was recently ported to NovaThor SoC Sony Xperias: P, U, Go and Sola. The user responsible for the porting is XDA Senior Member NoobCoder.

The recovery is distributed in a rather interesting way, as a script splits t. . . READ ON »

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Full Screen Call Experience for the Sony Xperia P, U, and Sola

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If an Android user in search of a full-screen call experience, a wide range of Android apps are available to accomplish this goal. Many of them are perfectly capable of providing a great alternative to the stock call screens OEMs have on their devices. Despite this, many would rather retain the native look of their applications instead of replacing them with something out of place.

If you find yourself with such a preference and a Sony Xperia P, U, or Sola in hand, you may want to check out XDA Senior Member Rajeev’s full screen caller mod. Compatible only with Android 4.1.2, the mod allows you to retain the original Sony look, but with the added benefit of a full screen contact image. And because this is a mod of a n. . . READ ON »

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Mass Storage Mode for Sony Xperia S, P, and U

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A feature that the Sony design team chose not to include in their early 2012 flagships was mass storage mode. While MTP has its advantages over USB mass storage, this exclusion left many users scratching their heads. Not only is USB mass storage faster,  it also wouldn’t really hurt to have the choice. But all things aside, there’s now an app called SD Mounter by XDA Senior Member Soheil_rf that enables mass storage developed on the Xperia S, P and U running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

Based on XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD‘s SD Card Mounter for the same devices with Gingerbread and XDA Senior Member Arakmar‘s scripts, SD Mounter allows users to easily activate . . . READ ON »

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Windows-Based Multi-Tool for the Sony Xperia U

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If you are a flashaholic and an owner of the Sony Xperia U, you may be interested in the multi-purpose tool developed for the Xperia U by XDA Forum Member AlexDroid00 that allows you to perform a whole host of actions that may alleviate the required process that are necessary otherwise.

Developed for Windows PCs, the multi-tool for the Xperia U combines many actions, which would otherwise have to be performed individually and with different tools,  into one program for your convenience. These functions include:

  • Flash kernel with Fastboot
  • Flash kernel with ADB
  • Rebooting, installing and updating applications, wiping data and cache, running a logcat, and reverse tethering of capslock66 with the ADB/
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Disable the Second Core on the Xperia U for Better Battery Life with Xcore

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Recently, we’ve seen several tweaks that offer granular control over multiple CPU cores, and the timing coincides with how multi-core devices have become commonplace this past year. We’ve seen mods that give control without root and many that still do require root. Now there is an app for the Sony Xperia U that helps give more control over that second core.

The app is called XCore, and it was posted by XDA Forum Member bliveinhack. XCore can be downloaded in the Google Play Store free of charge as well. It’s a relatively simple application. It shuts off the second core of the device’s dual core processor to help save battery life. The feature list includes:

-Simple UI
-Optimized Ba

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Play Full Game Mods for the Xperia U, P, Sola, Go

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As gaming becomes more popular on Android, developers are doing their part to make gaming more fun. Whether it’s connecting familiar controllers to faking PlayStation certification, the effort to make gaming more universal is there. Now, there is a gaming mod for a plethora of Xperia devices, including the Sony Xperia U, P, Sola, and GO.

XDA Senior Member GEKTHEBOSS released a tweak that makes gaming a little more fun for the aforementioned Xperia devices. The package doesn’t contain a lot of mods, but the mods included give users access to a lot of games. The features include:

*Full PlayStationMobile Certification
*Full Xperia Play PlayStation Certification
*Xperia Play Game Launcher

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WebView Brings Small App Web Browsing for Some Xperia Devices

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Sony has done some interesting work with their Xperia devices. One of the more interesting software features they’ve begun implementing comes in the form of Small Apps. Small Apps are essentially floating window applications that open like windows on your computer. It’s similar to Galaxy Note 2 multi window feature. Now, some third party developers have gotten into Small Apps have released their own.

XDA Senior Member hhlong89 posted an application called WebView. It’s an Xperia Small App and also a web browser. It opens up a web browser in a Small Apps window, and lets users browse the web. It’s not too much different from regular Android web browsers, except the floating win. . . READ ON »

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Party Mode On with U-Disco for the Sony Xperia U Illumination Bar

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Many love the illumination bar in some of the newer Sony Xperia phones. It adds a very futuristic look to the already excellent build of these devices, and also functions as a nifty LED notification system. XDA Forum Member rundgong was in a mood to party, and decided to take it one step further. He wrote an app that turns the illumination bar LED lights on the Sony Xperia U into disco lights!

The app is called U-Disco, and it currently has two modes: plain blinks, and blinks driven by the music you are currently playing! That’s right, you can even have the lights blink in sync with the song you’re playing to truly personalize your party mode!

U-Disco requires a rooted Sony Xperia U to work, as it requ. . . READ ON »

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Simultaneous USB OTG and Charging on Certain Xperias

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USB On-The-Go is probably one of the greatest tools for Android that not a lot of people know about. With it you can connect virtually anything that requires USB into your Android device, including external hard drives, flash drives, keyboards, mice, and pretty much whatever else you can think of—even your DSLR. As OTG technology gets more popular, the features that come with it will evolve as well. For many Xperia devices, including the Xperia S, P, U, Sola, and Acro S, you can now simultaneously use OTG and charge your device.

The method was written out by XDA Senior Member sonic_boom and it does require some hardware modification. Initially, the hardware mod gave users a choice to switch a cable from OTG . . . READ ON »

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