February 2, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Up until very recently, there haven’t been very many flagship-level small devices. Sure we have the S4 Mini and One Mini, but they’re not quite the same as their full-size counterparts. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a very interesting device because it wishes to change this trend.
Packing essentially the same specs as the flagship Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact brings an extremely high level of performance to the “small” device world, with small being in quotes because it wasn’t all that long ago that a 4.3″ screen was considered gargantuan. Accordingly, we’ve given it a home here on the XDA forums.
In addition to creating a forum for this recently released device, we have good news to share! Sony has released the GPL-required kernel source code for the device, meaning that your favorite aftermarket kernel developers can start cooking up some magic for the device, and true source-built development can begin.
Users looking to get in on the discussion should head over to the newly created Sony Xperia Z1 Compact forum. And if you’re a developer looking to start cooking up some kernel lovin’ for the newly released device, head over to Sony Developer World to get the sauce.
January 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.5, or the whatever next version of Android is, could break root app functionality! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has been rooted and the release of Paranoid Android 4.0 Beta 3! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for SwypeBack, he compared the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch 2.0, the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Pebble, and he gave us an Review of CyanogenMod on the Oppo N1. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
January 22, 2014 By: Samantha
Unveiled to the world only a bit more than a week ago, one doesn’t know whether to be surprised or not to find out that the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has already been rooted and can run CWM recovery. This was achieved by none other than XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD, who has contributed much to the Xperia development community in the past.
The process does require an unlocked bootloader, and the unlocking process is the same as the one for the Xperia Z1. And unlike what initially happened to the Xperia Z1, unlocking the bootloader on the Z1 Compact will not break the camera. Once the bootloader has been unlocked, you must flash the custom kernel provided via fastboot, and once this is done, CWM recovery can be entered by pressing down the volume up button during start up. Rooting the device is even more simple, requiring one to only to download and flash the latest superSU update.zip through custom recovery and rebooting the device.
To find out more, visit the original thread for more details.