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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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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 5, 2013

Source-Built Android 4.4 KitKat Available for Sony Xperia Z

When Google announced a new version of Android called KitKat, everybody wanted to taste its sweetness. It didn’t take long before the first unofficial builds were available on some recent Nexus devices. In less than a week after the unveiling, Android 4.4 has landed on the Sony Xperia Z. XDA Senior Member pabx has created an early, but yet quite functional build for Sony's former flagship device. This build is a pure Android AOSP build. It has neither recovery nor root,...

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Samantha · Oct 28, 2013

AOSP Status Bar Toggles on Xperias Running 4.2 with Xposed

With the latest Android 4.2 update for the few Xperia devices in the last couple of months, came a much welcomed enhancement to the otherwise lackluster status bar toggles. Rather than restricting users to the inadequate four default toggles, Sony has loosened the reins by allowing up to 15 toggles to be added, removed, and rearranged. The most obvious problem with this, however, is the clutter that inevitably spawns from the combination of multiple rows of toggles and a couple...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 27, 2013

How to Port Sony Small Apps and Task Switcher to CM10.1

If own a Sony Xperia device and have switched out your ROM for an AOSP-derived firmware such as CyanogenMod, you may miss a few OEM-provided pieces of software from time to time. Some of the interesting value-added software provided by Sony include their "small apps," as well as their upgraded task switcher. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member lukakas has created a guide to help you port these Sony-specific additions to CyanogenMod 10.1 (and perhaps any ROM based on Android 4.2.2). More specifically, the guide...

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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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Samantha · Aug 11, 2013

Activate NFC at Any Time

One of the biggest gripes we have with our NFC-enabled devices is the somewhat unnecessary requirement of having to unlock them in order to activate NFC. This requirement effectively reduces the practicality of our many enabled stickers, tags, and gadgets, as it leads to another inconvenient step that limits the use of NFC in the first place. There is good news, though, as a couple of good folks here have created mods that allows for NFC activation when the device's...

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Samantha · Jul 27, 2013

Take Photos with the Proximity Sensor on the Sony Xperia Z

Taking pictures underwater is probably something that not many people have attempted. Of course, not only are the physical and hardware limitations preventing people from doing so, expect for a select 'few' devices, but physics tells us that capacitive touch screens will have a hard time registering any taps and swipes when under water. A physical camera button may remedy this issue on the Sony Xperia Z, but how about the proximity sensor? In answer to a question along similar lines, XDA...

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Conan Troutman · Jul 25, 2013

First AOSP 4.3 Build for a Non-Nexus Device

You weren't able to set foot on the Interwebs for the past 48 hours without being bombarded by a never ending stream of news about Chromecast, the new Nexus 7, and of course the updated software it will be running, Android 4.3. As with any update to the Android OS, the usual clamor for factory images and race to bring the update to other Nexus devices has been as frenzied as always. However, it's not only Nexus devices that are able...

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Samantha · Jul 10, 2013

Increase External Speaker Volume on Your Sony Xperia Z

Quite a few Sony Xperia Z owners have expressed disappointment with the low sound quality, or at least volume, of the device's external speaker---an issue that may stem from the speaker's water resistance or its small size. Nevertheless, XDA Senior Member ZeroInfinity has managed to increase both the internal and external sound volume with the Extra Volume Boost mod. A normal version is available for devices running AOSP-based ROMs, while users of Sony's stock firmware will be able to enjoy either the normal...

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admin · Jul 3, 2013

Introducing the XDA Development Database!

One of our goals for the year has been to better organize all of the development works (ROMs, apps, tools, kernels, etc.) on XDA. We wanted this to be useful but also to have minimal impact on how developers post to XDA and on users who are happy with the current structure of the forums. We're currently testing a system, we call the Development Database (or DevDB for short) on a handful of forums (Galaxy S II, Xperia Z, Galaxy Note...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 3, 2013

Soft Modding the Xperia Z and Samsung Devices, and Windows 8 App Development Tutorials – XDA Developer TV

Get started with Windows 8 development with a handy tutorial. 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 connecting certain Samsung devices via USB Mass Storage protocol and adding a physical camera button to your Sony Xperia Z. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video on salary negotiation tips and tricks, which was...

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Samantha · Jun 2, 2013

Give Your Sony Xperia Z a Physical Camera Button

A product decision that I never truly understood up to this day is the exclusion of a physical camera button on a modern day smartphone. The three powerhouses of 2013 so far, the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Xperia Z, all lack a dedicated camera button to the dismay of many users. However, if you own the Xperia Z, fear not because there is now a mod that will (hopefully) rid of this issue. XDA Senior Member black97one has created a...

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egzthunder1 · May 20, 2013

Serajr Power Toggles Brings Settings to the Small App World

Ever since the introduction of multi-window with things like Cornerstone and floating apps, there has been a somewhat radical change in the overall Android UI. Granted, not everyone can take advantage of this as most manufacturers do not include such features in their brand UI experience. Samsung is one of the only ones that actually does this with their multi window capabilities. Not too long ago, Sony decided to jump in the bandwagon with their own concept of multi-window usage...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 29, 2013

NASA Sends More Androids to Space, Qualcomm Galaxy S4 Rooted – XDA Developer TV

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rooted across multiple carriers. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is a tutorial to backup your TA Partition on the Sony Xperia Z and NASA launching several Nexus One phones into space. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce talks about Xposed framework and Mono for Android. Pull up a chair and check out...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 27, 2013

Tutorial to Backup Your TA Partition on the Sony Xperia Z

If you have ever heard the expression there is no free lunch, you likely know what that means. Like with most things in life, sometimes you need to give a little to get a little. This is normally the case when it comes to bootloader unlocking of most devices, regardless of manufacturer (keyword here is "most".... I had to say this before Samsung fans jump out of their chairs with pitchforks :p). The likes of Asus and HTC normally offer official...

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jerdog · Apr 23, 2013

Xperia Z Joins Sibling in the AOSP Mix

The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is Google giving the entire community (manufacturers, enthusiasts, developers, etc.)  the necessary building blocks to bring what many refer to as "stock Android" (more accurately "vanilla Android") to a device. The inherent problem with this is that the manufacturers are often the roadblock to such endeavors. Too often manufacturers (like HTC, Samsung, etc.) and suppliers (like Qualcomm) all claim that they can't release certain drivers, and label them as "proprietary" so that no one...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 15, 2013

OPPO Find 5 Source Code Released, Sony Xperia Z Rooted – XDA Developer TV

A new bill was released in congress addressing the SIM unlocking ban. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is OPPO Find 5 source code release. Jordan talks about the rooting options for the Sony Xperia Z. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve gives a Windows Phone App Review of Freda, XDA Developer...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 12, 2013

Got an Xperia Z? How About Some Root?

Sony's latest device, the Xperia Z, is one of those "difficult" devices to deal with, or at least its bootloader-locked variant. This last bit makes fun things like rooting into quite a challenge and an annoyance for many. Luckily, the thrills of getting new devices rooted and more functional are always enough to keep a few of our great devs up pulling all nighters in order to get the projects over and done. If you are one of the lucky...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 22, 2013

Ubuntu Touch Released for Nexus Devices, Xperia Z Rooted, HTC One Benchmarked – XDA Developer TV

The Ubuntu Touch developer preview is available for most current Nexus devices. That story and more are covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Be sure to check out Jordan's Video of Ubuntu Touch on the Nexus 7. Jordan talks about the Sony Xperia Z being rooted and the preliminary benchmarks of the new HTC One. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 20, 2013

Sony Xperia Z Rooted Before Release!

Just because a device hasn’t been released, is in limited release, or isn’t in the hand of a developer doesn’t mean that developers cannot root the device. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has rooted a pre-release device a few times, such as when he remotely rooted the Samsung Galaxy S III. Today, we are talking about Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root in a roundabout way. XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD took the Nexus 4 version of CF-Auto-Root, modified it a bit, did a dance...

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