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Jimmy McGee · Jan 11, 2015

Hands-on with the New Sony Products at CES 2015 – XDA TV

At the 2015 International CES, Japanese manufacturer Sony released an Android powered Walkman, the ZX2. We were very excited to take a look at it, and also ran into the other two latest products from Sony while we were there: the Xperia Z3C tablet and Sony Smartwatch 3. XDA TV Producer Jordan got a chance to get his hands on the Sony triplets and learn more about them. Jordan shares what he learned in our latest XDA TV video, and also shows off the...

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Diamondback · Jan 6, 2015

Restore Functionality on Unlocked Xperia Devices – Part Two

As you might have noticed, not too long ago, we featured an article that detailed how to get back lost functionality on unlocked Sony Xperia devices. To recap, a simple system modification allows you to gain back most of the features you lost when unlocking the bootloader of a recent Xperia device. The reason for the reduced functionality is that, when unlocking the bootloader, you lose the device's internal DRM keys which are required for things like streaming protected media but also for advanced...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 11, 2014

Bring Back Jelly Bean Quick Toggles to Your KitKat Xperia ROM

Newer doesn't always mean better. This fits the Android OS perfectly with regards to some solutions that are in fact less polished than their older counterparts. For many, the quick settings toggles used in stock Jelly Bean ROMs for Sony Xperia phones were ideal, since they were available right after pulling down the notification bar. In KitKat, these toggles were moved to the separate tab, making access a bit more cumbersome. With some willingness and a bit of free time,...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 7, 2014

Android 5.0 Lollipop Factory Images and Source Code – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop source code is fully available to build! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of Sony bringing Lollipop to the Sony Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3 and be sure the check out the article talking about Chainfire rooting the Google Nexus 9. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 31, 2014

Sony Extends AOSP Project to the Xperia Z3

While most OEMs simply don't care about the custom ROM community, others are doing an amazing job to build their image among developers and end-users. One such OEM is Sony, which hired XDA Senior Recognized Developers jerpelea to serve as Sony Developer Relations Community Manager. Not too long ago, Sony released a unified kernel that works on all flagship devices starting on Xperia Z1. Recently, the kernel was re-worked and it now supports Sony's newest flagship, the Xperia Z3. The kernel should...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 18, 2014

Add Emoji Support to Your Jelly Bean Xperia Device

Full emoji support was implemented in KitKat. It’s clear that not every device, even with a proper hardware configuration, received an update to this OS. Thus, emoji has been impossible for many to use fully. Luckily, the community can find a solution for almost everything, and we have seen it so many times through the years. The same applies to emoji on Jelly Bean ROMs. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer niaboc79, users can send emoji smileys on Sony devices with...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 11, 2014

Test Your Apps on a Sony Device with Remote Device Lab

When you are developing an app or game, it's always better to test it on physical hardware rather than an emulator. Phones and tablets are optimized to bring the best ARM or x86 experience, and just generally work much better than software images. We don't have to say how expensive a device can be and how difficult is to get one for testing. One of the major OEMs, Sony, has decided to put an end of this rather uncomfortable situation. The company...

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Faiz Malkani · Sep 27, 2014

Instagram Mod Adds Xperia Theme Support

Opinions, while tremendously important, are subjective in nature. To each his own is how the saying goes. And without a doubt, subjective opinions apply to everything, including our beloved OEM skins. Yes, despite the myth, AOSP isn't inline with every individuals preferences, and numerous people opt to stick with their OEM skin, be it TouchWiz, Sense or any other. While the former is oft marveled for its battery life and the latter for features like BlinkFeed, Sony's Xperia UI boasts...

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Faiz Malkani · Sep 24, 2014

Xperia Z3 Smart Social Camera Ported to Other Sony Devices

Ever since the release of the Sony Xperia Z1, one particularly vaunted feature of Sony devices has been the "Smart Social Camera" software. While the app was initially exclusive to the Z1, it made its way to numerous other Sony devices with the Android 4.3 update. With the launch of Sony's Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014, the Smart Social Camera was revamped and given numerous new features to enhance the device's photo and video capturing experience. But with the launch merely a...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 12, 2014

Sony Xperia Z Receives Android 4.4.4, Remove Communication Band Restrictions on Qualcomm Devices – XDA Developer TV

Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z receive their official Android 4.4.4 update! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of MultiROM being ported to the Sony Xperia Z and the OnePlus One, and be sure the check out the article talking about removing the Band Restrictions from various Qualcomm devices. That's not all that's covered in today's video!...

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Samantha · Sep 7, 2014

Learn How to Remove the Call Log Limit on Your Sony Xperia Device

If you’re one of those people who makes just an inordinately large number of phone calls (and kudos to you for using a phone for its defining function), you may have noticed that the call log on your Android device is limited to 500 calls. For the majority of people, this wouldn’t be an issue at all, but if you are one of the few people who actually wants to know the details beyond your past 500 calls, or if you’re simply up...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 25, 2014

Change Your Sony Xperia Device’s UI

Nothing tastes better than the product of your own hard work. This applies everywhere, from cooking to Android, where you can modify almost every element of the UI either by editing smali code or by using an Xposed Framework modules. XDA is your source for a limitless supply of guides explaining what needs to be done in order to achieve the desired effect on your device. One such guide was recently published by XDA Senior Member DanielFlorin who showed what could be done with the Sony Xperia phones to make...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 17, 2014

Easily Create Sony Xperia Themes for Android 4.1or 4.2

Much of the joy of owning an Android device comes from being able to customize and modify the OS as we see fit. While the most impactful device modifications undoubtedly involve changing elements of the Android OS such as the kernel, ROM, and so on, a large part of the user experience can be improved by simply adding a theme. Because of this, Android theming has become quite common in the forums. Although there are thousands of themes available for various devices in the XDA...

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Samantha · Aug 7, 2014

Get Your Xperia Device’s Firmware Up to Date with XperiFirm

Being able to run an updated version of Android is probably one of the most important things that we look for when it comes to Android devices. This is exemplified in the countless updates we feature here on the XDA Portal every time there is an indication, a leak, and release of new firmware of the major devices in the Android world, making sure you get to enjoy the newest features, bug fixes, and more as early as possible. There are also...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 28, 2014

Port Sony Xperia Themes to CyanogenMod 11 with Ease

In addition the obvious proficiency with graphics, creating a good Android theme requires certain knowledge about exactly one must do. Even the default theme engine used many ROMs requires theme files to have a compatible structure, otherwise your newly created themes will not work or will be incomplete. Sony devices have a quite unique UI, which many people fancy. Unfortunately, like most of stock ROMs, it's bloated and full of commercial content. Because of this, quite a few XDA folks decide to venture over to AOSP-derived ROMs in...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 13, 2014

X-Reality Engine Now Available for Other Sony Xperia Devices

Each device manufacturer normally adds their own "sauce" to flagship devices. However, these extra special features might or might not trickle down to lesser devices. Is this fair for people who may not be able to afford the extra premium for that added bit of functionality? Probably not, but that is how the world turns. This is where knowing a place by the name of XDA-Developers comes in handy. Some of our devs are committed to ensuring that any feature that would...

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Samantha · Jul 8, 2014

Monitor Sony Xperia System Information with System Monitor Small App

Being able to monitor the system information of your Android device is important when you're looking find out just how well our devices run under different situations--when playing a game, multitasking, or testing a new app or ROM. Of course, there are a plethora of options available on the Google Play Store that easily allow you to do this. However, they generally come in the form of stand-alone apps with widgets and persistent notifications. But if you’re wielding an Xperia device with Small...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 22, 2014

Control Your Xperia Screen Behavior with Screen Tweaks for Xposed

Time and time again, Sony has proven itself to be one of the more developer-friendly OEMs available. That's why it almost doesn't matter which Sony Xperia device you're looking at; there will generally be a healthy amount of aftermarket development, which translates to a cornucopia of source-built ROMs, kernels, and so on. Despite all this, many users find themselves relatively content with the stock Sony firmwares and their OEM-bundled apps. For these users, it's often more convenient to modify the stock firmware (or...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 13, 2014

Noob-Friendly Guide Shows Beginners How to Flash a Custom ROM on Xperia Devices

When you first came to XDA Developers, the world of Android modification was likely very new to you. Custom ROMs, kernels, recoveries were all more than likely previously unknown. Compounding matters, these things pieces of development work often have different installation procedures, depending on target device. If you are just beginning your Android journey and happen to own a Sony Xperia device, you might be interested in a guide by XDA Senior Member cy56. This guide is very newbie friendly, and it explains the process of...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 10, 2014

Try the Xperia Z2’s What’s New App on any Xperia Device

The Sony Timescape UI, which is prominently featured on Xperia devices, has always had quite a few fans here on XDA. Xperia firmwares differ greatly from the AOSP look and feel, while bringing some interesting added applications like Track ID or a camera with many custom settings. Since the Xperia Z2 is Sony's flagship device, it features the richest set of apps available on Xperia devices. One such application, What's New, has been successfully ported by XDA Recognized Themer Ben Ling to work with every Xperia with...

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