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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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Samantha · Jan 13, 2014

Sony Xperia V Gets Leaked Android 4.3 Firmware Too!

Among the most recent Sony devices to receive the highly anticipated Android 4.3 update, the Sony Xperia V has been left in the dark with regards to leaks and other news. First came the firmware leaks for the Xperia SP and T, courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD. Then not long after, Xperia TX owners also got their hands on the leaked firmware, thanks to XDA Forum Member MN-Ming. Now it looks like the Xperia V is no longer the odd one...

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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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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 6, 2013

Call Recording on the Xperia V and Potentially Others

"Your call may be recorded for quality assurance purposes." If you've ever spent any time waiting for a customer service representative, you've undoubtedly heard that message a few too many times. In addition to "quality assurance," there are many other reasons why one would want to record a phone call such as treasuring time with loved ones and so on. For this reason, certain devices in certain regions come with the built-in ability to record calls. XDA Forum Member nicemblem discovered how...

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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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