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Samantha · Dec 16, 2014

MultiROM Available on the Sony Xperia ZL

The Sony Xperia ZL was released back in April 2013 alongside the more well-known flagship Xperia Z, and the ZL featured almost identical specifications to its sibling. Since then, it has received Android 4.3 and then 4.4 earlier this year from Sony, as well as strong aftermarket support, as can be seen with the development of useful features such as ROMswitcher. And now, we can add MultiROM to this list of accomplishments for the Xperia ZL as well. Thanks to the...

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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 · Sep 10, 2014

[FTF] Sony Rolls Out Android 4.4.4 for Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

While Sony is still struggling to provide KitKat for some of their mid-end phones from 2013 (still pending investigation), owners of flagship devices from this Japanese OEM should feel happy right about now. Sony has started to roll out an update to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL and Xperia Tablet Z bringing the latest Android 4.4.4 on board and fixing lots of bugs present in earlier firmware revisions. When Sony released a KitKat update back in May, more than a...

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Will Verduzco · May 21, 2014

[OTA Captured] Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z Now Receiving Official Android 4.4 KitKat

Despite being one of the most developer-friendly OEMs, Sony isn't quite known for its timely Android firmware updates. But despite this, Sony has already managed to update its 2013 flagship devices to the latest version of Android.You may recall that a little over a month ago, Sony "indirectly confirmed" their plans to officially update the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z to Android 4.4 KitKat sometime this month. Now with just a week and a half left in May, Sony is finally making...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 18, 2014

Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z to Receive Official KitKat Update in May

It's no secret that although Sony is one of the most developer-friendly OEMs, they aren't exactly the most expedient in delivering firmware updates to their Xperia devices. But despite the delays, Sony has already updated its 2013 flagship devices to Google's latest tasty treat. When Sony issued its last round of KitKat updates, the OEM also laid out a projected Q2-2014 timetable for its 2012 flagship devices. Now, Sony has gone ahead and confirmed this---albeit somewhat indirectly. And just like what...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 20, 2014

Tap2Wake Function Available on the Sony Xperia Z, ZR, and ZL

In recent years, Sony has become a Good Guy Greg for developers and users by allowing them to unlock their bootloaders and by releasing kernel source code in a timely fashion. Many of their devices and Android modifications are quite unique. Some devices, like the Xperia Tablet Z have an interesting baked-in feature that uses screen to wake their devices by simply double tapping on the screen. The double tap to wake feature was originally exclusive to that tablet. But thanks...

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Samantha · Jan 20, 2014

Get the Sony UI in Non-Sony Apps on Sony Xperia Devices

Now that Google's Holo theme has been around for quite a while now, it's probably safe to say that a very large portion of apps, if not the majority, have adopted the Holo look. But as OEMs are, they like to keep things their way, and this is no different when it comes to Sony. But unlike some OEMs and their preferred interfaces, the aesthetic route Sony has taken doesn't stray too much from Holo. This may have resulted many...

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Samantha · Jan 18, 2014

Full Smart Social Camera Experience Ported to Android 4.3 Sony Xperia Devices

One of the more attractive aspects of the new Android 4.3 update on a number of Sony Xperia devices is what Sony calls the "Smart Social Camera." Originally exclusive to only the Xperia Z1, the camera software allows users to install additional Xperia-only camera apps for additional functions and features to enhance your photo and video experience. Such apps may include Social Live, which live streams whatever your camera lens sees straight to Facebook; or Info Eye, which brings up...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 26, 2013

AOKP KitKat 4.4.2 Nightlies Now Available for 10 Devices!

As you're making your way down the list of things to try with your newly acquired tech toys, one thing you'll undoubtedly get around to is flashing a custom ROM. Those looking for aftermarket firmware now have one more Android 4.4.2-based option, as the AOKP team has just finished incorporating Google's latest and greatest into their nightly builds. Currently, Android 4.4.2-based nightly builds are available for the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7 (2013), Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 23, 2013

Android 4.3 Rolling Out to the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z

In the past few months, Sony has been quick to demonstrate its willingness to work with the aftermarket development and enthusiast communities by publishing experimental unskinned builds for various devices. At the same time, they've also pushed out official firmware updates at a relatively quick pace, even for some older devices. To that end, the company has been rolling out official Android 4.3 updates to many of its past Xperia devices over the last few weeks. And now, the company...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 17, 2013

Android 4.3 Rollout Imminent for the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z

Just yesterday, we covered how Android 4.3 had begun rolling out to the Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra. The release surprised no one, as we recently saw Android 4.3 leaks for the  Sony Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL, both of which were met with great user response. Now, Sony appears to be ready to continue this trend, with impending updates for the latter two devices (the Xperia Z and ZL), as well as updates for the Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z. As discovered by Xperiablog.net,...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 13, 2013

Sony Pushes Envelope of Developer Friendliness Once Again, AOSP KitKat for Xperia L

For quite some time now, we've been continually impressed by Sony's efforts to appeal to the development community and its power users. In fact, ever since Sony's AOSP experiment with the Xperia S last summer, the company has kept to its promise of providing as many resources as possible for those creating aftermarket development work for Sony devices. Now, Sony has some new treats for developers just in time for the Holiday season. The company has now released AOSP device...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 12, 2013

Android 4.3 Leaked for the Sony Xperia Z and ZL

In their current states, the Sony Xperia Z (C6603) and the Xperia ZL (C6503) are great devices. However, a sad truth is that virtually all OEM-skinned devices fall behind their Nexus and Google Play edition comrades when it comes to Android version updates. And while an official KitKat update probably won't make its way to the two devices before 2014 begins, a leaked version of 4.3 has already made its way onto the forums. The leak for the two devices comes come courtesy of...

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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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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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Jimmy McGee · Aug 30, 2013

Moto X Kernel Source Out, SIM Unlock and Dual Boot AT&T Galaxy S4 – XDA Developer TV

The Moto X kernel source is out. 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 about dual booting on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Sony Xperia ZL. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video showing you how to control your lights with Tasker, Then, he controlled his...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 28, 2013

Dual Boot on the Sony Xperia ZL

In the past week, two prominent devices gained dual boot functionality. Aside from giving you the option of playing around with separate, otherwise incompatible builds, dual boot is just plain "cool." Now, this functionality has been added to the Sony Xperia ZL with ROMSwitcher. Developed by XDA Recognized Contributor mithun46 (and a host of others cited in the thread), ROMSwitcher allows you to switch between Timescape and any AOSP-based ROM at will. There are a few caveats with the installation. For starters, the...

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