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Will Verduzco · Dec 25, 2014

FXP Team Delivers Lollipop to Various Xperia Devices!

From all of us here at XDA-Developers, we'd like to wish you Happy Holidays! If you celebrate Christmas, we hope you found many fun tech-related toys under your tree. And if so, we hope you make your device-specific forum your home away from home. But even if you don't celebrate the holiday or if you didn't receive any new tech toys, there are still quite a few reasons to be happy today--at least 12 of them. Just moments ago, the...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 27, 2014

Android Lollipop Lands for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The undisputed king of the beasts--at least in Sony's current stable, is the 6.4-inch behemoth known as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The sheer size of this device (and the lack of accessories to carry it outside of pockets) has been a major cause for the not-so-successful life of this phablet. Other than this, the device itself is a powerhouse worthy of carrying the "Z" denomination in its name. One of Sony's most prominent moves in the past couple of years...

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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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egzthunder1 · Jul 19, 2014

Make Your Own Custom Sony Camera Lens Case

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a great device, there is no question about that. Hardware wise, it is basically a giant Nexus 5, and the GPe edition gets even closer to that description. However, as good of a device as it, it has many limitations and lacks on several aspects. For instance, despite it being part of a line of devices that is blessed with a decent CMOS camera sensor and a good flash, the device has neither. It is...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 5, 2014

OmniROM Finally Lands on the Sony Z Ultra GPe

We have several flavors of AOSP-based Android builds here on XDA-Developers, and each one of them brings something new to the table. It could be the originality of CyanogenMod that floats your boat, or maybe some of the advanced control features in Paranoid Android. Whatever your motivation to sail through the sea of custom ROMs on XDA, there is one thing that we are certain of, and that is that your ORD always wants more. But wanting more can sometimes make you...

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egzthunder1 · Jun 27, 2014

Sony Z Ultra GPe Joins Non-GPe Variant and Receives 4.4.4 Update

With the unveiling and release of Android L Developer Preview, Android 4.4.4 doesn't seem like such a big deal anymore. While many people are quick to speculate about their carrier/OEM's course of action with this latest variant of KitKat, many OEMs will undoubtedly skip this version altogether and go straight for L once it's released in late Fall or early Winter. Those eagerly waiting 4.4.4 will likely be happy to know that this OTA started rolling out on various devices earlier today--namely the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact,...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 3, 2014

[OTAs Captured] Android 4.4.3 Rolling Out to Google Play Editions, Kernel Source Available for HTC GPe Devices!

Today will undoubtedly be remembered the day of Android 4.4.3--at least among us die hard Android fans. Immediately following yesterday's official release, we've seen quite a bit of Android 4.4.3-related activity. Early this morning, we saw the Android 4.4.3 OTA make its way over to the WiFi-only variant of the Google Nexus 7 (2013). Just a few hours later, we talked about all of the changes made in 4.4.3. Not too long after, Motorola began updating its "Moto" devices to 4.4.3. And finally, Google...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 19, 2014

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Receives Bluetooth Certification for Android 4.4.3

You may recall that a few days ago, Sprint jumped the gun a little bit in stating that Android 4.4.3 would be rolling out for the Google Nexus 5 in waves, starting on April 14th. Well, the 14th has come and gone, and the Nexus 5 is still without 4.4.3. And in fact, Sprint even removed mention of KTU84F from their support page recently. Despite the temporary delay, we're still quite confident that we will see this maintenance update's eventual release in the...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 20, 2014

Regional Android 4.4.2 FTF Files for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra

Yesterday morning, we talked about how Sony had finally begun updating its current generation flagships to Android 4.4.2. But while an official KitKat release is great news, not everyone was lucky enough to receive the update. As stated by Sony, update availability depends both on region and carrier. And since these rollouts come in stages, not everyone even in those regions that have already received the update will be included in the initial wave. Luckily, the community has stepped up to bring...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 19, 2014

KitKat Finally Rolling Out to the Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, and Z1 Compact; Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z in Mid-Q2!

Compared to Motorola, Samsung, and even HTC, it's not inaccurate to state that Sony's been a tad bit slow in officially updating its devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. Motorola first updated the Moto X back in November, Samsung followed suit not too long after in January, and even HTC got its feet wet in November and subsequently finished the job yesterday. But before we start waving around our pitchforks, let's remember that Sony's quite developer friendly, and they've done much to...

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Samantha · Feb 15, 2014

There’s a Fix For the Sony Xperia “Brickademic”

Ever since December of 2013, a large number of Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra owners began to experience what has been dubbed and feared as an Xperia "Brickademic." This issue that has garnered confused, angry, and disappointed responses spanning over more than 35 pages in the discussion thread, and the cause seems to be spawning from kernel incompatibilities that result from flashing an Android 4.3 firmware on a device running certain builds of Android 4.2.2. Now that it has...

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Samantha · Feb 1, 2014

Headphones Not Working with Your Sony Xperia Z Ultra? This Tutorial Might Help

Boy, have headphones changed in the last few years. From something that was simply a black wire that split into 2 earpieces, they've morphed into a plethora of options and varieties with an assortment of buttons, sliders, and connections, each meant to make your music experience a little bit more convenient. And with the addition of OEMs designing and creating earphones for specific device models, compatibility issues may arise when you plug them into a new device for the first...

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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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Samantha · Dec 21, 2013

Sony Z Ultra GPe Android 4.4.2 KitKat Ported to Xperia Z1

Many Xperia users and non-users alike have been scratching their heads when Google revealed the Google Play edition (GPe) of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, also known as Sony Z Ultra, wondering why on earth Sony decided to put the much sought after pure Google experience on such a niche device. After all, a massive 6.4" screen definitely isn't for everyone, and it may well be an alienating factor. Fortunately, XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD has ported Sony Z Ultra GPe's...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 17, 2013

[OTA Captured] Android 4.4.2 Rolling Out for the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition, Fixes Uninstall and Security Bugs!

We first got word that 4.4.2 was being released to the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition earlier today, when XDA Forum Member cob2004 posted a few screenshots and detailed his experiences with the update. In addition to bumping up the Android version to 4.4.2, the 444.1 MB full install OTA also fixes a few of the very annoying bugs plaguing the device including not being able to access security settings and not being able to uninstall apps. Along with the update, Sony...

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Samantha · Dec 16, 2013

Android 4.3 Rolling Out to Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

Just a couple of days ago, we saw leaks of the third iteration of Android Jellybean for the Sony Xperia Z and ZL appear in the XDA forums. Sony's mobile department must've interpreted this as a signal to start rolling out the promised updates of Android 4.3 to their devices, because that's what's happening right now. Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra owners will notice an available update to Android 4.3 Jellybean either now or very soon according to Sony...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2013

LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Devices Now Available

Two new devices have entered the Google Play edition family. They are the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Curiously, though perhaps indicative of Sony's commitment to provide a true Google experience, they've dropped the Xperia moniker in the Z Ultra. Both devices have landed in the Google Play Store, packing the same hardware that we've seen in their retail variants, but devoid of their typical OEM skins that normally obfuscate the Android experience. They both...

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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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Will Verduzco · Sep 20, 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 Camera Ported to Xperia Z, Z Ultra, ZR, ZL

If there's a take home message regarding development on Sony Xperia devices, it's that what appears on one device will inevitably appear on another. Be it due to the developer friendly nature of the company or similarities in internal architecture, we're not complaining. We recently talked about how losing the TA partition on an Xperia Z1 could have disastrous effects on camera functionality if a backup is not made prior. And given other reasons to keep a backup of that...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 12, 2013

Nexus 7 BACK in AOSP, Sony Open Sources Xperia Z Ultra and M, HTC One X+ Gets Android 4.2.2 – XDA Developer TV

Just a few days ago, the Internet was exploding over the fact that the Nexus 7 (2013) lacked factory images. Well, that's changed; the driver binaries and factory images are now available. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is an article about Sony opening sources to the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the Sony Xperia M and news that the HTC One X+ has gotten...

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