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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 5, 2014

Source Built Lollipop for Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, Xperia Z

Update: Thank you to commenter Amith KK for letting us know about the Source-Built Lollipop port for the Nexus 7 (2012) by XDA Senior Member MidnightNinja. ___ The source code for Android 5.0 Lollipop was only fully released yesterday, but developers on XDA work extremely quickly. In less than one day, some developers have managed to create Lollipop builds for particular devices. Let's see which devices are capable of using Lollipop as a daily driver so far. It was easy...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 16, 2014

Sony Extends its AOSP Program to the Xperia Z1 and Z2

Some device OEMs are definitely more developer friendly than others and actively work to support the third party development community. Among the top-tier vendors, only Sony cares about providing the necessary resources to make the Android a better operating system. Not too long ago, we talked about how Sony launched the new Remote Device Lab, which allows developers to test applications on remote devices through the cloud, without the need to buy anything. That, however, is not everything that Sony...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 11, 2014

MultiROM Available for the Sony Xperia Z and OnePlus One

Android is a beautiful platform, full of surprising and interesting ideas. Without a doubt, one of the coolest projects that has been introduced to the community in recent memory is MultiROM by XDA Recognized Developer Tassadar. This project allows you to boot many various ROMs and even operating systems from the SD Card of your device. Not so long ago, MultiROM was ported over to the Moto G and its wallet-friendly brother, the Moto E. Those two devices aren't the only non-Nexus...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 10, 2014

[FTF] Sony Rolls Out Android 4.4.4 for Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

While Sony is still struggling to provide KitKat for some of their mid-end phones from 2013 (still pending investigation), owners of flagship devices from this Japanese OEM should feel happy right about now. Sony has started to roll out an update to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL and Xperia Tablet Z bringing the latest Android 4.4.4 on board and fixing lots of bugs present in earlier firmware revisions. When Sony released a KitKat update back in May, more than a...

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Will Verduzco · May 21, 2014

[OTA Captured] Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z Now Receiving Official Android 4.4 KitKat

Despite being one of the most developer-friendly OEMs, Sony isn't quite known for its timely Android firmware updates. But despite this, Sony has already managed to update its 2013 flagship devices to the latest version of Android.You may recall that a little over a month ago, Sony "indirectly confirmed" their plans to officially update the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z to Android 4.4 KitKat sometime this month. Now with just a week and a half left in May, Sony is finally making...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 28, 2014

KitKat Released for International Note 2, Verizon Galaxy S4, Leaked for Xperia Z! – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat has begun rolling out to the Verizon Galaxy S 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement that KitKat for the Xeria Z has been leaked and that the Galaxy Note II international variant has gotten Android KitKat! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan also talked about understanding cross compiling and Android. So pull up...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 26, 2014

Android 4.4.2 Leaked Firmware Emerges for the Sony Xperia Z

Back in December of last year, Sony started rolling out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to various former flagship devices such as the Xperia Z. Then back in March of this year, we heard that the Xperia Z would receive the official KitKat goods some time in Q2 of this year. And about a week ago, this was indirectly confirmed through Sony's official update page for the device. Well folks, May is right around the corner. And given how close we are to Sony's self-imposed...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 18, 2014

Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z to Receive Official KitKat Update in May

It's no secret that although Sony is one of the most developer-friendly OEMs, they aren't exactly the most expedient in delivering firmware updates to their Xperia devices. But despite the delays, Sony has already updated its 2013 flagship devices to Google's latest tasty treat. When Sony issued its last round of KitKat updates, the OEM also laid out a projected Q2-2014 timetable for its 2012 flagship devices. Now, Sony has gone ahead and confirmed this---albeit somewhat indirectly. And just like what...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 20, 2014

Tap2Wake Function Available on the Sony Xperia Z, ZR, and ZL

In recent years, Sony has become a Good Guy Greg for developers and users by allowing them to unlock their bootloaders and by releasing kernel source code in a timely fashion. Many of their devices and Android modifications are quite unique. Some devices, like the Xperia Tablet Z have an interesting baked-in feature that uses screen to wake their devices by simply double tapping on the screen. The double tap to wake feature was originally exclusive to that tablet. But thanks...

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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

Customize the Navigation Bar on Your Sony Xperia Z

We've all pretty much gotten used to the standard Android navigation bar setup, which is normally any permutation of a back, home, and recent apps buttons. This generally features the home button right in the middle between the other two. But what about the power and menu buttons? Surely, they're just as commonly accessed to warrant a place on the convenient navigation bar, right? Well, XDA Senior Member Rajeev seems to think so. And as a result, he wrote a...

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Samantha · Jan 18, 2014

Easily Customize Your Sony Xperia Z’s Launcher and Lock Screen with Xposed

Up until now, customizing an Xperia launcher and lock screen has been quite the hassle, usually consisting of decompiling an APK, making your edits, and recompiling it. So if you wanted an extra row or column of icons on your home screen, you had to flash this, if you wanted fading home screen indicators, you had to flash this, and if you wanted to get rid of the app dock, you had to flash this, and so on. For every...

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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 · 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 23, 2013

Android 4.3 Rolling Out to the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z

In the past few months, Sony has been quick to demonstrate its willingness to work with the aftermarket development and enthusiast communities by publishing experimental unskinned builds for various devices. At the same time, they've also pushed out official firmware updates at a relatively quick pace, even for some older devices. To that end, the company has been rolling out official Android 4.3 updates to many of its past Xperia devices over the last few weeks. And now, the company...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 17, 2013

Android 4.3 Rollout Imminent for the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z

Just yesterday, we covered how Android 4.3 had begun rolling out to the Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra. The release surprised no one, as we recently saw Android 4.3 leaks for the  Sony Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL, both of which were met with great user response. Now, Sony appears to be ready to continue this trend, with impending updates for the latter two devices (the Xperia Z and ZL), as well as updates for the Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z. As discovered by Xperiablog.net,...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 13, 2013

Sony Pushes Envelope of Developer Friendliness Once Again, AOSP KitKat for Xperia L

For quite some time now, we've been continually impressed by Sony's efforts to appeal to the development community and its power users. In fact, ever since Sony's AOSP experiment with the Xperia S last summer, the company has kept to its promise of providing as many resources as possible for those creating aftermarket development work for Sony devices. Now, Sony has some new treats for developers just in time for the Holiday season. The company has now released AOSP device...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 12, 2013

Android 4.3 Leaked for the Sony Xperia Z and ZL

In their current states, the Sony Xperia Z (C6603) and the Xperia ZL (C6503) are great devices. However, a sad truth is that virtually all OEM-skinned devices fall behind their Nexus and Google Play edition comrades when it comes to Android version updates. And while an official KitKat update probably won't make its way to the two devices before 2014 begins, a leaked version of 4.3 has already made its way onto the forums. The leak for the two devices comes come courtesy of...

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