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Full Smart Social Camera Experience Ported to Android 4.3 Sony Xperia Devices

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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 information on whatever your camera is pointed towards.

The thing is, though, a few Xperia devices seem to be missing a couple of camera apps after being updated to the latest Android 4.3 firmware. It turns out, none of . . . READ ON »

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Sony Z Ultra GPe Android 4.4.2 KitKat Ported to Xperia Z1

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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 Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the Xperia Z1, giving Z1 owners a taste of what the pure Google experience is all about. Not possible without the kernel sources of the Z Ultra GPe released by Sony (kudos to them), the port runs on a custom ke. . . READ ON »

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

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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 has also released the corresponding open source files for KOT49H. These come in at a healthy 534 MB and can be downloaded over on Sony’s Developer World.

After a very slow trickle of a few devices initially receiving the update, the signed O. . . READ ON »

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Android 4.3 Rolling Out to Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

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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 Mobile, and with it a couple of refreshed and new features on their newly updated devices. In addition to the expected optimization of the user interface and graphics, Z Ultra device owners will also get to enjoy the new Smart Social Camera that w. . . READ ON »

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

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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 pack Android 4.4 KitKat, although it is unclear if they will have the newly released 4.4.1 or 4.4.2 goods.

The G Pad 8.3 GPe comes in at a relatively wallet-friendly price of $350 USD. For this money, you get a device pack. . . READ ON »

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Planned 4.3 and 4.4 Upgrades for Current Sony Xperia Devices

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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 out to various Xperia devices such as the Xperia ZXperia ZLXperia ZR, Xperia Tablet ZXperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1. This rollout will take place starting next month, but naturally it may vary by market and carrier. Some time after that rollout, the Xperia T, Xperia TX, an. . . READ ON »

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

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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 partition, we would highly recommend that would-be rooters make a backup before unlocking. Luckily, though, that’s not the only news we have to report on the Z1’s camera.

Thanks to porting efforts by XDA Rec. . . READ ON »

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

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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 Android 4.2.2.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video talking about developer opportunities involving the “Internet of Things,” and later he released a video ta. . . READ ON »

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Securing Web Apps and Creating Pixel Art & Animation with Android – XDA Developer TV

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You can now get the look of the Sony Xpera Z Ultra on your Android 4.2.2 Device. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about Securing Your App from the web side and news about executing terminal commands with Quick Terminal.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video talking about the new Android Hacker School. Later, he released a video asking if your are smart enough to be a developer. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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