POSTS TAGGED: Sony Xperia Z

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

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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 trees, binaries, and build details for the Sony Xperia L, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia S. And the fact that this was even tested on Android 4.4.1 makes this all the more impressive.

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Android 4.3 Leaked for the Sony Xperia Z and ZL

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In their current states, the  (C6603) and the  (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 XDA Recognized Developer Androxyde. Both builds are version number 10.4.B.0.569, and are labeled as being for “Commercial&Journalists.”

So far, user response has been quite positive for both builds, wi. . . 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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Source-Built Android 4.4 KitKat Available for Sony Xperia Z

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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, and it needs to be flashed with fastboot. The build is described as a beta, but the list of working features is very impressive. A user stated that his build has only two minor bugs, which don’t affect the user experience much. Pabx . . . READ ON »

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AOSP Status Bar Toggles on Xperias Running 4.2 with Xposed

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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 of ongoing notifications.

It’s probably one of the reasons why XDA Senior Member MohammadAG created an Xposed module for the Xperia Z1, replacing these toggles with AOSP ones. That means out with the clutter, and in with the . . . READ ON »

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

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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 allows you to bring the Sony Xperia Z-specific versions of those addons.

The guide is extremely well written, and even features a helpful YouTube video that shows some of these additi. . . 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.

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Activate NFC at Any Time

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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 screen is off or at the lock screen. This has been made possible by XDA Senior Member StephanSch for the following devices:

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Take Photos with the Proximity Sensor on the Sony Xperia Z

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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 Forum Member AGGevorgyan has developed an that allows Xperia Z owners to easily take photos with the proximity sensor. Designed to rid users of the aforementioned problem, Aqua Z Camera will snap up pic. . . READ ON »

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