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Sony Extends its AOSP Program to the Xperia Z1 and Z2

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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 has to offer. At xda:devcon ’14, the Sony Developer Relations Community Manager and XDA Senior Recognized Developer Alin Jerpelea mentioned that Sony is about to expand its AOSP program. These word. . . READ ON »

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MultiROM Available for the Sony Xperia Z and OnePlus One

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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 phones that have gotten a working port. There are two new members in the MultiROM family, the OnePlus One and the Sony Xperia Z.
The port for the Sony Xperia Z, which was recently updated to Android 4.4.4, has been mad. . . READ ON »

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

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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 few users have been complaining about bad battery life (not a big surprise) and a few additional minor issues that forced them to revert to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Sony was pretty slow in addressing the problems, but after four months, the OEM has f. . . READ ON »

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

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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 ZXperia ZLXperia 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 good on their plans by rolling out the official KitKat goods to the aforementioned last generation devices.

News of this firmware rollout comes straight from the official Sony M. . . READ ON »

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

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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 a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos like, XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s Xposed Tuesday video for PerAppFonts and Tasker on the Galaxy Gear, and his Android App Review of Aut. . . READ ON »

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Android 4.4.2 Leaked Firmware Emerges for the Sony Xperia Z

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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 deadline for their early 2013 flagship, it’s no big surprise to see a relatively functional KitKat leak emerge for the device. The leak weighs in at software version 10.5.A.0.227, and as we’ve come to expect on Sony devices. . . READ ON »

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

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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 we heard before, the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z will indeed be receiving the official KitKat love in Q2 of this year—more specifically, next month. . . READ ON »

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

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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 help aftermarket developers bring KitKat to their devices. Heck, they’ve even released unofficial alpha firmware builds from time to time. Now, however, Sony has started rolling out of. . . READ ON »

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

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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 to AOKP team, users can now use this feature on the Xperia Z family of smartphones.

XDA Senior Member championswimmer recently merged a kernel patch that adds double tap to wake support for the Xperia Z, ZR and ZL. His investigation showe. . . READ ON »

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