POSTS TAGGED: Sony Xperia Z2

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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Add the Xperia Z2 Lock Screen to Your Favorite KitKat ROM

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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 sparks start to shine and then the screen is unlocked. This looks pretty nice but you don’t have to own Sony device to try it. If you ever wanted to have the same effect on your device running KitKat, you have a great . . . READ ON »

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

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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.. . . READ ON »

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How to Root the Sony Xperia Z2 – XDA Developer TV

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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.. . . READ ON »

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Device Review: Sony Xperia Z2

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xperaiz2reviewThe 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 »

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Enhance the Xperia Z2 SMS App and Save Money with Xposed

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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 X. . . READ ON »

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

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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 . . . READ ON »

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

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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 c. . . READ ON »

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Sony Xperia Z2 Rooted!

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When the  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. Afte. . . READ ON »

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