August 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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 the question of “what to do now.” These suggestions include OK Google for Third Party Launchers, GEM Xperia Launcher Tweaks, Advanced Power Menu, and 20MP Superior Auto. Check this video out.
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 XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straightforward. This process shows a firmware downgrade to a rootable image. So if you wanted to root your Sony Xperia Z2, take a moment and check this video out.
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 well as a quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. All of this combines into one of Sony’s best mobile devices yet. READ ON »
June 2, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 even good things can be improved.
With the potential of the Xposed Framework, things can be made better without using APKTool and Smali edits. XDA Recognized Developer Jackos created an Xposed module that replaces all non-standard characters used in certain parts of the world. This trick allows to send a standard 160-character message instead of a 70-character one. Cost saving isn’t this modules only feature either. When you decide to use it, your incoming MMS messages will display a preview and message time stamps are corrected. The application should work on all ROMs using the Z2′s conversation app.
You can get started by visiting the module thread. If you are using the Z2 or a Z2-based ROM and want to enhance the functionality of your conversation app app, give this module a try.
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 the form of a mod that enables notification sounds and ringtones to play from both speakers of the Xperia Z2 rather than just the bottom one. In addition to this, calls will be played from both speakers when you enable speakerphone, and you’ll also receive a little volume boost when using headphones. If you’d rather not have the volume boost feature, olokos provides two variants of the mod: one of which does not have this feature. To install the mod, simply download the variant of your choosing, and flash the ZIP package through a custom recovery.
Olokos is planning to add features that will increase the volumes of the speakers and connected Bluetooth headsets, so keep an eye out on for those in the future. If you would like to find out more, visit the original thread to get started.
April 13, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 app. And now thanks to XDA Senior Member xperiaz2, you can enjoy X-Reality on any Xperia device running KitKat or Jelly Bean.
Installation is easy. Simply flash an archive through your custom recovery of choice and add two lines to your build.prop. Then, you will find an option for “X-Reality for Mobile” in your Display Settings page. Once enabled, you’ll notice improved image quality in the stock Gallery app.
Those looking to give their mobile photos and videos a bit more pop can get started by visiting the ported application thread.
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 the next natural step to take? Rooting it, of course! And thanks to XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD, that’s now possible.
Rooting the Z2 is actually quite simple. You first need to unlock your bootloader. After that, you flash DooMLoRD’s kernel and reboot. And just like that, you can now enjoy the awesome world of root.
Now before you go do this on your own device, there is one major caveat to keep in mind. There is currently no way to backup the TA partition on the Z2. And just as we’ve seen on other Sony devices, unlocking the bootloader will irreversibly delete the DRM keys housed within. However, the camera does still work after unlocking the bootloader.
If you understand the ramifications of losing your TA partition DRM keys and want to root your device, head over to the original thread to get started.
[Many thanks to jasonwsc for the tip!]
March 25, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 were released for these devices. (Yes, that GPL. *cough* Micromax and MediaTek *cough*.) And thanks to the release, developers such as the FXP group will be able to release unofficial kernels and recoveries soon.
March 1, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 and release a system dump from the device. The firmware comes in at revision 17.1.A.0.289, and it packs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, as well as Sony’s latest custom UI.
While obviously end users can’t really do anything with this firmware dump other than stare at the pretty numbers and letters in the device’s build.prop, this firmware dump will hopefully allow devs to begin the porting process and bring many of the Z2′s goodies to other Xperia devices.
If you want to begin porting efforts based on this dump, head over to the firmware thread and get your download on.
February 27, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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, a slightly speedier quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and 4k video recording. The Z2 Tablet then takes much of these specs and delivers them in tablet form.
Are the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet in your future? Let us know your thoughts on Sony’s latest flagship smartphone and tablet in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums below!