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Flash Cyanogen Recovery to Your 2012 Sony Xperia

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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 Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia V, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Tablet Z in both variants, Xperia ZL, Xperia T, Xperia SP and Xperia ZR.  As you can see, the list of supported devices is very l. . . READ ON »

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Sony Extends its AOSP Program to the Xperia Z1 and Z2

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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 has to offer. At xda:devcon ’14, the Sony Developer Relations Community Manager and XDA Senior Recognized Developer Alin Jerpelea mentioned that Sony is about to expand its AOSP program. These word. . . READ ON »

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Boost the Brightness of Your Sony Xperia Z1’s LED

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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 dream right?

But rather than dreaming about it, why not try out a mod developed by XDA Recognized Developer olokos which cranks up the brightness of your Sony Xperia Z1’s LED to “full”? The mod comes in a ZIP package which only needs to be flashed through a cust. . . READ ON »

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

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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 of this was originally announced via the Sony Developer World Twitter account, and this expedient release is nothing but good news for kern. . . READ ON »

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

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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 by dontbelive enables Z1 owners to emulate the function of stereo speakers by activating the device’s earpiece as a secondary speaker. This means rather than having sound played through the singular, mono speaker (as intended), . . . READ ON »

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

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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 their own devices.

Thanks to the collective efforts of XDA Senior Members shem2409 and Riyal, Forum Member lagalaga, and Recognized Contributor olokos, a port of the Xperia Z2’s 4K video recording has been . . . READ ON »

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Multiboot in Progress for the Sony Xperia Z1

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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. And this time, his goal is bringing multiboot to the Sony Xperia Z1.

Currently, the multiboot boot menu works, but this is quite far from a plug-and-play affair. Rather, it’s only meant for experienced flashers and tinkerers, as you not only have to create the appropriate partitio. . . READ ON »

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F2FS Put to the Test Against EXT4

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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 really faster? And if so, by how much? XDA Recognized Contributor Androguide.fr set out to measure the performance differences on his Sony Xperia Z1 using popular synthetic benchmarks, and the . . . READ ON »

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

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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 the update to any Xperia Z UltraXperia Z1, and Xperia Z1 Compact device owner looking to update before his or her time.

The FTF files for the Xperia Z1 Compact comes courtesy of XDA Senior Members Jozin. . . READ ON »

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