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Will Verduzco · Dec 25, 2014

FXP Team Delivers Lollipop to Various Xperia Devices!

From all of us here at XDA-Developers, we'd like to wish you Happy Holidays! If you celebrate Christmas, we hope you found many fun tech-related toys under your tree. And if so, we hope you make your device-specific forum your home away from home. But even if you don't celebrate the holiday or if you didn't receive any new tech toys, there are still quite a few reasons to be happy today--at least 12 of them. Just moments ago, the...

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Samantha · Dec 4, 2014

Experience Flow Throughout Sony Xperia Z1 System UI

The ‘Cosmic Flow’ animation and theme were first introduced with the 2012 line of Xperia devices from Sony. They were undoubtedly quite visually striking, particularly the multicolored live wallpapers. And although Sony has moved onto the more reserved and mild ‘Experience Flow’ theme as seen on their newer devices such as the Xperia Z3, it retains the central motif of flowing lines and curves. If you’re a big fan of the theme and would rather it to appear throughout your...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 6, 2014

Sony AOSP Program to Bring Lollipop to Xperia Z1, Z2, Z3 / Compact

The Android Lollipop madness continues at an incredible pace and every few hours, we learn about new ROMs for various unsupported devices. There are some OEMs out there that have shown that they care about aftermarket ROM development. In the last few months, we've written quite a bit about the Sony AOSP program. Now, we have a chance to write about it once again. Sony announced that there will be device trees, binaries, and a unified kernel for three of...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 28, 2014

Flash Cyanogen Recovery to Your 2012 Sony Xperia

Cyanogen Recovery is one of the newest custom recovery projects available in the aftermarket development community. Its minimalist and easy-to-navigate user interface makes it worth a shot for many new users. While ClockworkMod, TWRP and PhilZ remain three of the most popular recoveries, you can try Cyanogen Recovery on a large number of devices. XDA Recognized Developer championswimmer decided to port the Simple CM Touch Recovery to the whole 2012 line of Sony Xperia devices. You can find images for...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 16, 2014

Sony Extends its AOSP Program to the Xperia Z1 and Z2

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...

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Samantha · Sep 30, 2014

Boost the Brightness of Your Sony Xperia Z1’s LED

I think the last time anyone has ever used a physical torch to find their earphones, keys, or contact lens case was eons ago--before phones with LED flashes were invented. Now if we have to navigate or find something in the dark, we just whip out our phones, turn on their LEDs and sweep the floor with their gloriously powerful light. Of course, we all know that torches are actually better at being torches than our phone’s measly LEDs, but one can...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 15, 2014

[FTF] Sony Release Open Source Files for Latest Xperia Z1 14.4.A.0.133 Update

Just yesterday, the Sony Xperia Z1 began receiving a somewhat unexpected update to software version 14.4.A.0.133. Building on the previous 14.4.A.0.108 release, which itself already brought the device up to the latest Android 4.4.4 release. However, the update still rolled out, starting in several European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, and Poland. Now, just one day after this latest .133 build started making its way out to consumer devices, Sony has uploaded the GPL-mandated kernel source code to Sony Developer World. News...

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Samantha · Jul 31, 2014

Mod Lets You Have Stereo Speakers on Your Sony Xperia Z1 (Sort Of)

The stereo speakers on the Sony Xperia Z2 are probably a relatively large source of envy among owners of former Xperia flagship devices such as the Xperia Z1. And with the same design language, almost identical dimensions, and a not very significant bump in processing power, the having stereo playback is the one feature that the Z1 just had to miss out on. Luckily however, Z1 owners may be able to give this feature a go thanks to XDA Senior Member dontbelive. A mod developed...

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Samantha · Jun 12, 2014

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact Get 4K and 120 FPS Video Recording

It seems like the latest feature to find its way into almost all modern flagship smartphones is 4K video recording. This began with the Acer Liquid S2, and has now made its way to recent flagships from Samsung, LG, and Sony---this being the Galaxy S5, G3, and Xperia Z2, respectively. As with any other new feature found on the latest devices, owners of previous flagships may find themselves longing for the added features. Luckily, Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact can now enjoy some of this on...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 20, 2014

Multiboot in Progress for the Sony Xperia Z1

As we've mentioned quite a few times in the past, multiboot is quite the interesting feature. Not only is it cool due to novelty, but it is also useful in case you need or want two separate instances of Android on your device. In the past, we've seen XDA Recognized Developer munjeni bestow the gift of multiboot to devices like the Xperia P, as well as bringing it to the Xperia U, Sola and Go. Now, munjeni is back at work....

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Will Verduzco · Mar 31, 2014

F2FS Put to the Test Against EXT4

You may recall that earlier this month, we talked about speeding up the original Nexus 7's internal memory by using F2FS. F2FS was created at Samsung early last year for use on Linux-based operating systems. As its name implies, Flash-Friendly File System is a file system designed specifically to cater to the specific characteristics of NAND-based storage devices. This log-structured file system is widely thought to be faster than traditional file systems such as EXT4 on flash memory, but is it...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 20, 2014

Regional Android 4.4.2 FTF Files for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra

Yesterday morning, we talked about how Sony had finally begun updating its current generation flagships to Android 4.4.2. But while an official KitKat release is great news, not everyone was lucky enough to receive the update. As stated by Sony, update availability depends both on region and carrier. And since these rollouts come in stages, not everyone even in those regions that have already received the update will be included in the initial wave. Luckily, the community has stepped up to bring...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 19, 2014

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

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...

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Samantha · Feb 21, 2014

You Can Now Use a Pencil or Pen as a Stylus for Your Sony Xperia Z1Too

One interesting function Sony touted for their phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, is its ability to react to ordinary pens and pencils---yes, pens and pencils---as a styli. Putting aside the obvious concern of scratching and ruining your phone’s screen with a pen, it’s still definitely a unique differentiating factor when you’re comparing different phablets. Well, it turns out that the Xperia Z1’s screen also has this same capability, except it was disabled by Sony for some reason or another. First implemented...

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Samantha · Feb 15, 2014

There’s a Fix For the Sony Xperia “Brickademic”

Ever since December of 2013, a large number of Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra owners began to experience what has been dubbed and feared as an Xperia "Brickademic." This issue that has garnered confused, angry, and disappointed responses spanning over more than 35 pages in the discussion thread, and the cause seems to be spawning from kernel incompatibilities that result from flashing an Android 4.3 firmware on a device running certain builds of Android 4.2.2. Now that it has...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 30, 2014

Xperia Z1 Receives Maintenance Release (OTA Captured), 4.3 for Xperia M Preparing for Imminent Release

As is pretty much always the case, quite a bit is happening in the Sony Xperia world. And today, this comes in the form of official updates for the Sony Xperia M and the flagship Xperia Z1---the former coming soon, and the latter already rolling out with a captured update package. First off, we have the Sony Xperia M. The device, which was released in the middle of last year, was never destined to be a flagship device. In fact, with only...

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Samantha · Jan 20, 2014

Get the Sony UI in Non-Sony Apps on Sony Xperia Devices

Now that Google's Holo theme has been around for quite a while now, it's probably safe to say that a very large portion of apps, if not the majority, have adopted the Holo look. But as OEMs are, they like to keep things their way, and this is no different when it comes to Sony. But unlike some OEMs and their preferred interfaces, the aesthetic route Sony has taken doesn't stray too much from Holo. This may have resulted many...

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Samantha · Jan 18, 2014

Full Smart Social Camera Experience Ported to Android 4.3 Sony Xperia Devices

One of the more attractive aspects of the new Android 4.3 update on a number of Sony Xperia devices is what Sony calls the "Smart Social Camera." Originally exclusive to only the Xperia Z1, the camera software allows users to install additional Xperia-only camera apps for additional functions and features to enhance your photo and video experience. Such apps may include Social Live, which live streams whatever your camera lens sees straight to Facebook; or Info Eye, which brings up...

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Samantha · Dec 22, 2013

Animate Your Images with Xperia Z1 Motiongraph Port

A few days ago, we brought you news of a port of the Sony Xperia Z1-exclusive Motionshot app to all devices running Android 4.0 and up. It's a pretty neat app that essentially generates a still image of a short video. But it seems like Motionshot isn't the only app the Xperia Z1 has to share with the rest of the Android world, as Motiongraph will also be joining the list. Ported by XDA Forum Member xperiaz2 who also ported...

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Samantha · Dec 21, 2013

Sony Z Ultra GPe Android 4.4.2 KitKat Ported to Xperia Z1

Many Xperia users and non-users alike have been scratching their heads when Google revealed the Google Play edition (GPe) of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, also known as Sony Z Ultra, wondering why on earth Sony decided to put the much sought after pure Google experience on such a niche device. After all, a massive 6.4" screen definitely isn't for everyone, and it may well be an alienating factor. Fortunately, XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD has ported Sony Z Ultra GPe's...

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