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Will Verduzco · Mar 16, 2014

Advanced APKTool Lets You Modify Newer Xperia Framework Files

It's no secret that building a custom ROM from source is much preferred to starting from a manufacturer-provided firmware and then adding on a few modifications. Building from source allows users much more freedom to merge commits and change practically anything they'd like. However, there are times when some users would prefer to start from stock firmware in order to keep OEM-specific functionality. Sony Xperia devices are no different, as for the most part one must choose between OEM-specific functionality and...

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Samantha · Mar 16, 2014

Integrate a Custom Recovery into Your ROM for Sony Xperia Devices

Custom recoveries are a big part of what happens around here at XDA. Having one relieves you of the manual work that you would otherwise have to do when flashing mods, themes, ROMs, kernels, and the like. Custom recoveries also serve as an important safety net for when things go wrong, since you can easily reflash your ROM or restore a backup. So when you're cooking up a fresh custom ROM from scratch, it's important to make sure that your...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 7, 2014

720p30 Video Recording Mod for Various 2011 Xperia Devices Running CM10

In the past few years, Sony Xperia devices have come to be known for their exemplary camera performance. However, the camera performance of even today's high end devices will seem a bit outdated in a couple of years, and naturally, the same could be said for yesterday's greats such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Active, and Live with Walkman. While the 2011 Sony Xperia lineup featured more than adequate image capture abilities for the time, these devices are now...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 7, 2014

T-Mo Galaxy Note 3 Gets KitKat, Microsoft Cortana Leaks, Xperia Z2 Camera Ported – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the T-Mobile 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 Official CyanogenMod for the Sony Xperia M and that the Xperia Z2 camera has been ported to other Xperia Devices! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 6, 2014

Open Source Files Now Available for the Xperia T, TX, V, and SP

The Xperia product lineup from late 2012 and 2013 was filled with many high quality devices. Good technical specification and substantial developer support made the Xperias T, TL, TX, V, and Xperia SP the right choice for many. And not so long ago, Sony finally released a 4.3 update for those devices. According to most user reports, everything runs smooth and the newest firmware improved quite a few things without breaking others. But despite this, custom ROM and kernel developers weren't able...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 4, 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Camera Ported to Various Xperia Devices

The Sony Xperia Z2 was launched last week at MWC 2014 to much fanfare. Improving on its predecessor by fixing all of its most significant hardware shortcomings, it's no wonder why the Z2 is subject to much praise. But as one would expect from the latest generation flagship device from a major OEM, the Sony Xperia Z2 packs quite a few software additions as well. Just a few days ago, we talked about how XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD posted a leaked firmware dump for the Xperia...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 26, 2014

Mobile World Congress 2014 Announcements – Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5 & More! – XDA Developer TV

Mobile World Congress is happening right now. Chances are your FaceGramTwitterBook Plus feeds are being spammed with all the exciting announcements---everything from Sony's new devices to Samsung and HTC, and that's not all! There's a good chance you missed something or have Kelly Bundyed it. That's when you hear too much stuff and you loose the older information as it falls right out of your brain. There is no need to fear because XDA Developer TV Producer Extraordinaire Jordan has scoured...

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Samantha · Feb 25, 2014

How to Integrate CPU Settings into Sony Xperia Device Settings Menu

Tweaking CPU settings can be a very safe and easy way for rooted Android users to save a bit of that precious battery juice. More often than not, this can only be achieved by downloading a third party app, as only very few OEMs offer CPU speed controls in their built-in software. But if you own a Sony Xperia device and are up for a bit of coding, check out XDA Senior Member Pandemic’s tutorial on adding CPU settings into...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 22, 2014

Enjoy FM Radio on Your Xperia Without Headphones Even Easier

Normally on Sony Xperia devices, the FM radio can't be used without the default headphones. That is because your 'cans are used as an antenna to improve the signal, but this doesn't mean that FM radio itself can't work without headphones. Sony users can already modify their FM application using a smali tutorial by XDA Recognized Contributor DaRk-L0rD. However, smali is not the easiest language. And to use it with confidence, you need to know some bits of programming. Thankfully, if you want...

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Samantha · Feb 20, 2014

Get Your FM Radio Working without a Headset on Your Sony Xperia Device with Smali Edit

Chances are that if you haven’t accidentally ripped or broken the headset that came with your phone, it’s probably hopelessly lost, never to be found. And on an Xperia device, that's too bad because without it, you won’t be able to catch up on your favorite radio personality or listen to Top 40 without streaming it via mobile broadband. But hey, there’s now a way for Sony Xperia owners to listen to the radio without the required headset, thanks to...

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Samantha · Feb 14, 2014

How to Load a Transparent Framework on Your Sony Xperia Device

For many Android users out there, the wallpaper on the home screen is like the centerpiece of the entire device, which is probably why we invest so much time with wallpaper apps and forum threads. Of course, the bad thing is that when you navigate to anywhere else on your device, you can no longer see the wallpaper. If you much prefer this not be on your Sony Xperia device, check out XDA Forum Member kalel2012’s transparent framework tutorial. The...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 14, 2014

Android 4.4.2 for Unlocked HTC One and Moto X, Convert Moto G into Play Edition – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat 4.4.2 is now available for the unlocked and developer edition HTC Ones! 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 that CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 3 is available for 50 devices and their is now a way to turn your Moto G into a Play Edition! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos...

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Samantha · Feb 13, 2014

Check Whether Your Sony Device has Received an Update with Xperia Update Checker

So now that the second raft of Sony Xperia devices are finally receiving the long awaited Android 4.3 update, I'm sure that there are plenty of folks eagerly glancing at the notification area and Sony PC Companion in anticipation of that firmware update notification. Some of you may also be constantly refreshing your device's XDA forum page, meticulously keeping track of every relevant tidbit of information. If this sounds just like you, you may want to check out XDA Senior...

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Samantha · Feb 6, 2014

How to Insert App Autostart Option into Sony Xperia Settings Menu

Although boot times have been significantly reduced in recent years, and reboots are now only very sporadically required due to unrecoverable lag or similar issues, it still seems like it can’t get any slower. This is why many folks have been resorting to disabling unneeded apps that run on startup in order to lessen the boot up speed. But what can you do when the Android platform does not have this option natively? Rather than going the easy way by...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 4, 2014

One Driver to Rule All Xperias

It's highly likely that all Sony smartphone or tablet users here on XDA have heard of Flashtool by XDA Recognized Developer Androxyde. It's a great tool, which allows you to restore your Xperia to stock state, root it, unlock the bootloader, flash a kernel, and do basically everything else that's needed to enjoy the custom ROM world. Flashtool works on three platforms, including Windows which needs external drivers to successfully access the flash mode. These drivers were incorporated Flashtool, but...

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Samantha · Jan 26, 2014

Give Your Sony Xperia Device a Makeover with Serajr Xperia Xposed Mod

When it comes to Xposed modules focused on UI customization, there are some great choices out there. But because many of them are designed to have maximum compatibility with a wide range of different devices, naturally the amount of customization that is allowed will be restricted. So when an Xposed module developed specifically for one type of device, namely Xperia devices, one can expect greater customization options. And this is exactly the case with Serajr Xperia, developed by XDA Recognized...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 20, 2014

Note 3 KitKat Kernel Source and Mobile ODIN 4 Released, Sony Social Camera Ported to Xperia Devices – XDA Developer TV

The kernel files have been released for the Android 4.4 KitKat update on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the full Smart Social Camera Experience has been ported to Android 4.3 Xperia Devices and Mobile ODIN has been updated with more features and support for more devices! Be sure to check out the the other videos released...

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Samantha · Jan 17, 2014

Learn How to Create Your Own Xperia Theme

With the new Android 4.3 update rolling out to the newer Sony Xperia handsets, and with the leaks going around for those still waiting, users may have discovered a new aesthetic feature called 'Xperia Themes.' They're downloadable and customizable theme packs that change various elements of the whole Android interface, including your navigation bar, home screen icons and layout, and wallpaper. But since 'Xperia Themes' is only a recent addition to Xperia users, few custom themes are available for download....

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 8, 2014

Sony Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact Hands On at CES 2014 – XDA Developer TV

At the 2014 International CES, Sony released two phones. The phones are similar and share similar names. These devices are the Sony Xperia Z1S and Xperia Z1 Compact. The Xperia Z1S is locked to T-Mobile to try and help Sony's US market penetration, while the Xperia Z1 Compact is, well, more compact. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was on site and got his hands on the Xperia triplets: the Z1, Z1S, and Z1 Compact. Jordan sat down and talked with...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 3, 2014

KitKat Builds for Xperia Ion, Xperia S, Motorola Xoom, and T-Mo / International Galaxy Note 3 – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4 KitKat unofficial builds for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3! 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 that the Motorola Xoom has a KitKat build, and you can get CyanogenMod on the locked Sony Xperia S! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. Jordan gave us...

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