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Samantha · Dec 17, 2013

Xperia Z1 MotionShot Camera Ported to All Android 4.x Devices

One nifty app that was made exclusive to Sony's latest flagship, the Xperia Z1, is the MotionShot camera. As its name suggests, it allows you to capture motion in a singular image, with a resulting similar to the featured image to the right. So although MotionShot doesn't necessarily provide an absolutely essential function, it wouldn't hurt to have it on other Android devices. The good thing is, XDA Forum Member xperiaz2 has ported MotionShot to all devices running Android versions...

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Samantha · Dec 17, 2013

White Balance Ported to All Sony Xperia Z1 Devices

Now that the roll out of Android 4.3 Jellybean to Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra devices is well under way, some Xperia Z1 owners have noticed one useful feature that's been made available to to only Japanese Xperia Z1 devices (aka SO-01F): white balance. The feature isn't something very new, as it was originally introduced alongside the Xperia ZL earlier this year, and it was inevitably ported over to fellow Xperia devices, namely the Z, T, TX and V. However,...

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Samantha · Dec 16, 2013

Android 4.3 Rolling Out to Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

Just a couple of days ago, we saw leaks of the third iteration of Android Jellybean for the Sony Xperia Z and ZL appear in the XDA forums. Sony's mobile department must've interpreted this as a signal to start rolling out the promised updates of Android 4.3 to their devices, because that's what's happening right now. Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra owners will notice an available update to Android 4.3 Jellybean either now or very soon according to Sony...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 20, 2013

Change Your Google Account Font Color in Honami-Based ROMs

The launch of the Sony Xperia Z1 was a major success. This device has high end specifications and an extremely impressive camera, which made it quite popular among XDA forum members. In addition to its hardware specs, it also packs the very good looking Timescape UI. The Honami, which is the codename for Sony's latest flagship, brought a lot of firmware improvements that have made the UI eye-catching. Many forum members agree, and have come to enjoy the overall look....

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Will Verduzco · Nov 8, 2013

Planned 4.3 and 4.4 Upgrades for Current Sony Xperia Devices

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...

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Samantha · Oct 28, 2013

AOSP Status Bar Toggles on Xperias Running 4.2 with Xposed

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 28, 2013

Android 4.3 Leak for Galaxy Note 2, Increasing Volume on Xperia Z1 – XDA Developer TV

The great Samsung sieve has given us another Android 4.3 leak, this time for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. 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 an article reporting and Xposed module that will give AOSP lock screens to some TouchWiz users and the announcement of new forum for the jumbo-sized HTC One Max. In other important news, Jordan talks about increasing...

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Samantha · Oct 27, 2013

Increase the Volume on the Sony Xperia Z1

A couple of months ago, we covered a mod that increased the external and internal volumes of the Sony Xperia Z, a possible remedy for those who may have had issues with its sound capabilities. Well, despite having a largely improved external speaker on the phone's successor, the Xperia Z1, users longing for that extra 'umph' may be interested in a mod by XDA Senior Member auras76. Auras76 created a similar mod to that previously covered called Volume Boost XZ1, which increases...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 26, 2013

Sony Add-on SDK 2.0 Brings New APIs for SmartWatch 2 and Xperia Z1

If you're a developer looking to target the Sony Xperia Z1 or Sony SmartWatch 2, the latest version of Sony's Add-on SDK will undoubtedly be of interest. While having device-specific features inherently brings a set of pros and cons, it's hard to argue with the fact that doing so uniquely tailors the software to work well with the hardware. Sony recently unveiled the second version of its Add-on SDK, which adds support for the new Sony SmartWatch 2 and the new...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 20, 2013

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 could have disastrous effects on camera functionality if a backup is not made prior. And given other reasons to keep a backup of that...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 17, 2013

Unlocking Sony Xperia Z1 Bootloader Breaks Camera

Any time we root and otherwise modify our devices, there's an inherent risk involved. Yes, once in a while things don't quite go as planned. However, if we're careful, things usually go well. And we're usually able to recover when they don't. A recent exception to this feeling of security had to do with the TA partition on Sony devices, where unlocking the bootloader would clear the TA partition, its stored DRM keys, and your ability to use certain Sony...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 10, 2013

Forums Added for the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy Gear, and Xperia Z1

Samsung recently unveiled three new and enticing devices aimed at making you simultaneously lighten your wallet a little, as well as pack your pocket, briefcase, and wrist with a little more technology. These are, of course, the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), and the Galaxy Gear. Samsung refreshed its popular Galaxy Note lineup with the Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition).  Both build upon their predecessors by adding more powerful specs,...

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