SONY XPERIA Z Posts on XDA

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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".......

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...