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GermainZ · Feb 2, 2015

MultiROM Ported to the Z2 and Z3!

Switching between ROMs is very useful to test the newest one out, or to keep a "stable" system for emergencies while you use your favorite ROM at other times. MultiROM has offered to do just that for some time now, on supported devices: it acts as a second recovery of sorts, allowing you to choose which ROM and kernel to boot. Users of the Sony Xperia Z2 and Sony Xperia Z3 will be pleased to know that their devices now...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 22, 2014

Enable Call Recording on Xperia Z2 and Z3

Call recording, while not legal in every part of the world, is quite handy in certain situations. Some OEMs have decided to implement call recording into their default Phone applications, and sometimes hide it. There are ways to enable the feature, if it's there but hidden, through Xposed Framewok modules or other apps. On the older firmwares, such as 4.4.2, Sony had a hidden call recording feature in SemcPhone.apk. This feature was split over multiple applications. XDA Senior Member AndroPlus...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 18, 2014

Add the Xperia Z2 Lock Screen to Your Favorite KitKat ROM

Almost every OEM adds its own unique flair to their stock firmwares. While some of them focus rather on applications and small tweaks to enhance user's experience, others bring the level of customization to the next level. Without a doubt, Sony prefers to do the latter, because their UI differs greatly from the AOSP-like firmwares in almost any kind. With the release of the Sony Xperia Z2, Sony added an incredibly good looking lock screen. Basically when you tap on the screen, small...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 6, 2014

Great XDA Mods for Your Sony Xperia Z2 – XDA Developer TV

The Sony Xperia Z2 has been out for a while, and if you own this device, you’ve probably gone through the various phases inherent to getting a new device. You’ve watched reviews on the device, you’ve purchased it, and you’ve even rooted it. So what do you do next? In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK presents some applications and Xposed mods that he’s installed on his Sony Xperia Z2. Check out these mods to give you an answer to...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 26, 2014

How to Root the Sony Xperia Z2 – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Sony Xperia Z2. TK recently reviewed the Sony Xperia Z2  And while not readily available in the US yet, it’s still a popular phone in the international markets. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Sony Xperia Z2 is no exception! TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Sony Xperia Z2 using tools from the...

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TK · Jul 2, 2014

Device Review: Sony Xperia Z2

The Xperia Z2 (D6503) is the successor to last year's Xperia Z1/Ultra/Z. The Z2 is Sony’s current flagship device, though rumors are starting to buzz about the Z3 already. If you are familiar with the Z1, you will be very comfortable with the Z2's design. The main thing you will like about the Z2 is that the Sony has fixed the viewing angle issues that plagued the Z1/Ultra/Z. The device sports a decently sized 5.2” display, with a now-average 1080p resolution, as...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 2, 2014

Enhance the Xperia Z2 SMS App and Save Money with Xposed

Sony rolled out Jelly Bean updates for its 2012 and 2013 devices a few months back. Since then, the OEM has managed to release KitKat for some of its top flyers from the last year. Nonetheless, majority of Sony's devices still officially run Android 4.3. One  of Sony's newest devices is the Xperia Z2, which was released back at MWC in Barcelona this past February. The Z2 has an unique conversation application that is used to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. It's a great app, but...

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Samantha · May 24, 2014

Enable Stereo Speaker Playback System-Wide on Your Sony Xperia Z2

One of the most notable additions to the new Sony Xperia Z2 is its set of stereo speakers. This is particularly notable, given the rather lackluster speaker quality of previous Xperia flagships. Although the improved speaker setup results in louder and more enjoyable listening experience, it's surprising to see that Sony forgot to make the stereo playback system-wide for sounds such as the ringtones and notifications. But rather than wait for an official fix, XDA Senior Member olokos went ahead and fixed the problem himself. The remedy comes in...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 13, 2014

Xperia Z2 X-Reality Image Enhancer Ported to All Xperia Devices Running KitKat or Jelly Bean

Launched this year at MWC, the Sony Xperia Z2 is Sony's flagship device for 2014. The device improves upon its predecessor in various ways such as a much better display, an improved processor, and so on. In addition to the hardware benefits, the Z2 also packs a few unique software tricks. One of the Z2's unique software features is X-Reality Photo and Video Enhancement. This option increases the sharpness and improves the colors on images and videos displayed through the native Gallery...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 2, 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Rooted!

When the Sony Xperia Z2 was announced at MWC this year, many were quick to label it the ideal Android device. Although the Z2 primarily delivers incremental specsheet updates over the Z1, it also fixes its predecessor's main fault by delivering a substantially better display. As such, it's no surprise that the Z2 will find itself in many pants pockets in 2014. So now that you've gotten yourself a Z2 or are eagerly awaiting your device to arrive in the mail, what''s...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 25, 2014

Open Source Archives Available for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

The Sony Xperia Z2 is a flagship device that many end users and developers have been waiting for. A powerful CPU and many unique features make it one of the most interesting phones of the first half of 2014. The device will be soon available to buy in many countries and its development community surely will flourish like previous “Z” devices. Developers working with Sony devices will be happy to know that a few days ago the GPL-mandated open source files...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 1, 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Firmware Dumped for Your Porting Pleasure!

Unless you've been living under a rock this past week, you've already heard about the newly announced Sony Xperia Z2. The Z2 improves upon last year's flagship Xperia Z1 in basically every area that counts---including replacing the previous model's dreadfully bad screen. As such, we've already given Sony's latest and greatest a place here in our forums. Those of you looking to experience some of the Xperia Z2 goodies a bit early are in luck, as XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD managed to snag...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 27, 2014

Forums Added for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet

Though Barcelona's Mobile World Congress has yet to formally come to a close for the year, the majority of significant announcements have already come to light. This year, Sony announced two flagship devices, the Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet. The Xperia Z2 is Sony's successor to last year's Xperia Z1. Building on the strengths of the previous device, the Z2 packs pretty much everything that made the Z1 great. It also brings several key improvements such as a significantly improved display,...

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