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Posts Tagged: Sony Xperia X8

X8

Devices that ship nowadays have massive quantities of internal storage. Anywhere from 16GB to 96GB (32GB internal + 64GB external SD) depending on which device you own. While this is fantastic for anyone who keeps a lot of data stored on their devices, there are still users running older devices that don’t have so much as 1GB of internal data for things like applications. Thankfully, there are new ways every day of increasing that storage, and Sony Xperia X8 owners now have their own.

It is a very easy method to follow, and can increase your internal storage by up to 1GB or sometimes more. While this won’t wow your friends, it can be quite useful to have the extra storage laying around just in case you need it. Users will need to use a partition tool to partition their SD card, and then use the Terminal Emulator to turn it into extra internal storage. It is a quick process and shouldn’t take average users more than five to ten minutes.

For more details, go to the original thread by XDA Senior Member dzolcp.

Xperia X8

Collaborations make XDA go round. Without them we wouldn’t have CyanogenMod on 50+ phones, root for most devices, or fixes to literally thousands of problems. For those carrying the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, collaboration has brought even more fixes.

XDA Senior Member CKKnot posted a thread aimed at fixing a variety of video-related problems including:

1. No lag during recording, delay, stuck, Video/Audio interleave (Video and audio does not match each other).
2. Can be played on our x8 stock player.
3. Must be high quality enough/fine to be viewed.
4. The highest bit-rate available.

The purpose of the thread is to find a configuration that yields lag free, high quality video in the stock player. So far, only one configuration has been posted. And while it does allow for all the proper fixes, it breaks video in MMS. Users who want to apply the profile modification need to know how to modify XML files, and how to compile / decompile apk files.

For those who want to contribute a media profile, help fix the currently posted configuration, or simply apply the configuration; head over to the original thread. As always, make sure to backup any files before modifying.

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Sony’s Xperia range of devices are incredibly popular. While some of them may be considered as older devices, they still see a good amount of development activity. Since the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich, users have been patiently awaiting the delivery of stable ROMs suitable for daily use. Enter XDA Senior Member paul-xxx, who has managed to port CM9 to the X8, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro.

Although the X10 Mini has already been graced with Android 4.0 in the form a very alpha AOSP ROM and a build of MIUI4 by XDA Senior Member stelios97, the X8 and Mini Pro are only now receiving their first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich which is stable enough for daily use.

Functionality seems to be pretty complete across all three devices. It is always nice when it’s easier list what’s not working as opposed to what is. That list of currently known issues is as follows:

  • Camera
  • Hardware / Software Video Decoder
  • FM Radio
  • DHCP over WiFi

Although there is a slight issue with the WiFi, paul has provided a link to a YouTube video explaining exactly how to overcome this and installation of the ROM is as simple as flashing the zip via recovery. After that, you’re all set for the 4.0 experience.

Those looking to get started should make their way to the X8X10 Mini, and X10 Mini Pro threads.

[Thanks to lotus13 for the tip.]

unlock

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 and X10 users, prepare for the onslaught of hacking goodness. Thanks to the work by XDA forum member the_laser, we now have a method to unlock the bootloaders of both of these Sony devices. In fact, this method works on all of the SE 2010 phone lineup.

In case you may be wondering why this is relevant, an unlocked bootloader enables you to do things far beyond simply having root access. An unlocked bootloader is required in order to load an entirely new ROM and kernel.

In the words of the developer:

warning.
if you are not developer, please quit reading that post.
wait for user friendly tool with one big button.

here  is toolset to permanently “unlock” semcboot of qsd8250 semc phones ( x10a,x10i, so-o1b )

that means, you can use own kernel and so on.

it is much more better,stable,faster method, than present “bypass”.

To get started on your own device, continue on to the X8 and X10 threads. Proceed with caution, though, as incorrect execution can result in a rather pricey paperweight.

xperiarebootoptionsv120

For the Xperia X10/X8/X10 mini and X10 mini pro owners out there, you might be aware that XDA forum members DooMLoRD and MrHassell have developed and app to provide some reboot options in a convenient menu.

The app currently features:

  • Widget icon
  • Fast power off
  • Reboot command is itself very fast and the device reboots much faster
  • Reboot into recovery or custom kernel

The XDA member states that the plan is to make an Arc/Play/Neo compatible version which will only have the Reboot and Power off version initially, but once recovery is working properly, it will be modified to support reboot into recovery.

For info and links to the current app, and to follow progress on support for the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo, head on over to the application thread.

x8 CM7

Most manufacturers will likely not offer a Gingerbread update for their devices (with a few high-end device exceptions), and Sony is not the exception. This is the motivation for people like XDA member jerpelea, to start looking into porting the OS onto other devices. In this case, the dev managed to get a rather good and stable build of CM7 running on the Sony Xperia X8. Of course, as with any ports, there are things that are still being worked on by the dev such as camera, some of the sensors, as well as a few other things. However, all basic functionality should be good for daily use.

If you have any feedback for the dev, find any bugs, or simply would like to help in the porting process, please let him know.

DEVELOPMENT (we need to write sources for)
-libril (done)
-bt (done)
-wifi (done)
-libaudio (almost ready – audio not routed corectly)
-fm (almost ready – now roking corectly due to libaudio)
-camera (almost ready – VGA LIMITED)
-lights (almost ready – not working backlight)
-sensors (almost ready – not working lightsensor and proximity)

You can find more information in the rom thread.

Want something published in the Portal? Contact any News Writer.

Thanks Evander_F for the tip!

Change Fonts On Your Xperia X8

January 31, 2011   By:

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If you’re bored of the standard font on your Xperia X8, XDA forum member suhel28 has helpfully provided a script to enable you to swap out the system font to another of your choice.

You’ll need to create a new FONTS folder on your SD card, placing any font (.ttf) file in the folder. Note that you must only place one font in the folder at any one time).

Then, you just need to download and extract the script on the root of your SD card, and run it using Terminal Emulator on your mobile Android device.

The script performs the following functions:

  • Renames the font placed in the fonts folder.
  • Replaces the fonts.
  • Will create a backup of your original font on your SD card.

For more information, including to download the script, head on over to the modification thread. Members have also posted more freeware fonts in the thread.

Screenshot provided by XDA member MASVA.

sony_ericsson_xperia_x8

You guys asked for it and after much deliberation, we finally decided to give Sony’s latest family member a home on the XDA forum. The Xperia X8 is a mid range Android phone, which entered the mobile device market back in October. It seemed pretty obvious from the numerous requests that the device was gaining popularity, so we gave it a place were owners can talk and discuss a bit regarding some of its key advantages, weaknesses, and most importantly, to do some development work on the device.

Keep an eye out for this device and for the Sony brand in general, as it seems that they are jumping in the “device a month” band-wagon that most other manufacturers are going with lately.

Do you own a X8 already? Have you done anything to it that you would like to share with the rest of the world? Come join us in the Xperia X8 forum.

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