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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 5, 2014

“Transform” Your Xperia into an Xperia M2 in Just a Few Steps

Sony's Timescape UI is one of the most eye-pleasing custom Android interfaces currently available. Many consider it to be elegant and minimal, which has lead to it amassing quite a following of fans. Not too long ago at MWC this past year, Sony announced the Xperia M2, a mid-range device with development that is just now starting to flourish. And now, you can enjoy some of the M2 goodies on other devices. XDA Senior Member xperiaz2 ported the M2's System UI to other Sony devices running Android...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 4, 2014

FXP Founder Alin Jerpelea Joins Sony Developer Program

If you own a Sony Xperia device, you've undoubtedly heard of the FreeXperia Project, or FXP. For the few who are unfamiliar, FXP is best known for its massive efforts to bring official CyanogenMod support to dozens of Sony Xperia devices ever since its start in 2010. Chances are that if you've heard of FXP, you've also heard of the project's founder, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea (formerly username "FXP"). Something else that practically every Sony device owner is familiar with is the OEM's...

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Samantha · May 29, 2014

Xposed Makes Customizing Your Sony Xperia Camera Easy

Not too long ago, we featured a great tutorial written by XDA Themer, Developer, and Contributor Rizal Lovins that teaches Sony Xperia device owners how to tweak numerous settings of the camera app such as the audio and video bitrate, color format, and output resolution. It's a nifty set of customization options for anyone looking for some more flexibility regarding their camera usage. With this said, Rizal Lovins has come out with a new Xposed module to make customization of your camera...

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Jimmy McGee · May 26, 2014

Sony Open Sources Xperia M2 Kernel Files, Add Android Wear Notifications to Your App – XDA Developer TV

Sony has released open source files for the Xperia M2! 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 information on how to add Android Wear notifications to your App and a couple of updates to Google Now. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK...

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Jimmy McGee · May 23, 2014

Sony 2013 Flagships Get KitKat, OmniROM Alpha for Oppo Find 7A, Motorola Provides Moto E Bootloader Unlock – XDA Developer TV

Official Android 4.4 KitKat is now rolling to the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z! 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 the arrival of Official OmniROM alpha builds for the Oppo Find 7a and official KitKat finally arriving on the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer...

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Will Verduzco · May 6, 2014

Easily Switch Tasks with a Sony Xperia Small App

For those who aren't familiar with the feature, Sony Small Apps are lightweight floating applications that run on top of other, standard applications. They are intended to allow users to be more productive and more efficiently multitask. Some time ago, Sony opened up the Small App API, allowing application developers to create their own applications compatible with Sony Small Apps. Now, XDA Senior Member hansip87 has released a streamlined task switcher application that makes use of the Small App API. Fast Recent Apps Switcher does exactly...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 28, 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Smart Social Camera and Addons Ported to Xperia Devices Running CM11

It's often enjoyable to experience another device's software package on your existing hardware. Because of this, it's quite common to see applications and even complete ROMs ported from one device to another---and one of the most popular device-specific apps to port is the camera app. You may recall that not too long ago, we talked about how the Xperia M2's camera software had been ported for use on other Xperia devices. Now, the Z2's Smart Social Camera app has been ported for...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 24, 2014

Sony Xperia M2 Smart Social Camera and Addons Ported to All Xperia Phones Running Jelly Bean or KitKat

The Sony Xperia M2 is Sony's affordable offering for early 2014. While not quite a lust-worthy flagship device like its big brother the Xperia Z2, the M2 is still decently specced, and it offers quite a bit to make it an ideal device for those who don't need the absolute latest and greatest. One of the nice software additions found on the M2 is its Smart Social Camera app. Luckily, XDA Senior Member xperiaz2 has ported it to all Xperia devices running either Jelly Bean or...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 21, 2014

Verizon LG G2 Updated to Kit Kat, Sony Xperia Z Ultra Gets Android 4.4.3 Bluetooth Certification – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat has finally arrived on the Verizon LG G2! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement that the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z will receive their KitKat updates in May and the story about how the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition has received a Bluetooth certification for Android 4.4.3! That's not all that's covered in...

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Samantha · Apr 18, 2014

Tweak Your Xperia Device’s Camera App Yourself

We've come to expect nearly perfect camera performance in our modern day smartphones. If the image quality is just a tad shoddy in one respect, this issue is then multiplied tenfold in our ever so critical eyes. So it’s unfortunate that sometimes a flagship phone's camera quality is not up to snuff, especially if you’ve paid big bucks for a flagship device. If you own an Xperia device and find yourself in such a situation, you may want to check out XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 13, 2014

Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Own Xperia Theme

Theming is an art. As such, making a beautiful theme is an extremely time consuming and challenging task. Preparing resources requires countless hours spent in a graphics editor app. Putting everything together into an application isn't easy, but within XDA you'll find a long list of guides and tutorials that help you understand the Android ecosystem better. If you have some ideas regarding theming and don't know where to start, you should read a guide written by XDA Senior Member...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 13, 2014

Deodex Your Xperia with a Simply Windows Utility

There is, and will continue to be, much debate regarding whether to Odex or Deodex a ROM. Some people prefer leaving ROMs Odexed for greater efficiency, while others prefer Deodexed ROMs and their freedom. This becomes even trickier when looking at OEMs, as some Odex their stock firmware, while others don't. Sony is one of the OEMs that does Odex their ROMs. If you've ever worked with APKTool to modify something in a precompiled ROM, you've certainly had to deodex a...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 12, 2014

Repartition to Increase Application Space on Some Sony Xperia Devices

Most devices sold nowadays come with emulated external storage. On many devices, this emulated SD card is located on the same partition as your installed applications and their data. But on certain other devices, it's located on a separate partition. There are various tradeoffs associated with each approach, most of which are beyond the scope of this article. However, one rather significant annoyance with having your mount points on separate partitions is that you may run out of space on...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 12, 2014

Enable Your Xperia Device’s LED While in Battery Stamina Mode

Many are fans of particular OEM skins and their built-in features. One of the features available in stock Xperia ROMs is a Battery Stamina Mode, which was introduced to help users make the most of their batteries. In this mode, all connectivity except GSM is disabled. This also disables your device's LED lights. It works pretty well, but many find that disabling the LED is unnecessary. After all, without an LED, it's rather easy to miss a call or message....

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 12, 2014

Monitor Your Xperia Firmware Updates with a Website

It's been a long time coming for some devices, but Sony is now rolling out Android 4.3 and 4.4 firmware updates to the majority of its lineup. But with so many devices and so many different versions of Android available for these different devices and their variants, it's quite easy to become confused. Because of the complexity, it's useful to have a centralized service to inform you of the latest version for your device and whether you need to update. Thankfully, there is...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 6, 2014

Save Money on SMS Messages with Hidden Cost Saving Option on Sony Xperia Devices

Many of us don't have unlimited texting plans. After all, why should we pay for something that essentially costs the carriers nothing? Plus, with practically everyone using some form of smartphone nowadays, it's often more convenient to simply send an email or Hangouts message. However, there are still times in which we must send a traditional text. For example, these messages can go through even when there is no standard data connectivity. When this happens, we either pay per SMS message...

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Samantha · Apr 2, 2014

How to Extract the Boot Image From Sony FTF Files

If you’ve been thinking of developing your first custom ROM for your Sony Xperia device, chances are that you probably need a kernel to go along with it, especially if the ROM is for devices with locked bootloaders. Because of this, it’s sometimes best to know how to extract the kernel from an FTF file in order to integrate it into your ROM. A great place to begin with would be a tutorial by XDA Recognized Contributor matt4321 and XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 28, 2014

Int’l Galaxy S5 Rooted! AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Gets KitKat, Open Source Files Released for Xperia Z2 – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is rolling 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 the announcement of Sony has made some Open Source archives available for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet and how Chainfire rooted the Samsung Galaxy S 5 ahead of it's release! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 21, 2014

Voice Balloon Photo Ported to All Xperia Devices Running 4.1+

If a piece of software appears on any given Sony Xperia device, it's pretty much only a matter of time before it's ported over to another Xperia or group of Xperias. This has happened time and time again. And today, we present yet another example of this. The Voice Balloon Photo camera addon is one of the coolest features to come along for the ride with the KitKat update that is now hitting several Xperia devices. Unfortunately, this software is...

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