POSTS TAGGED: sony xperia
Posted April 13, 2014 at 11:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
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 ROM. This can be done with several kitchens, scripts, or by executing commands in terminal. You can now Deodex the firmwares of new Xperia devices really easily with Kamome by XDA Senior Member RyokoN.
Kamome is a Windows script . . . READ ON »
Posted April 12, 2014 at 10:30 am by Will Verduzco
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 one partition while having abundant free space on the other—even though they’re both on the same eMMC chip. Luckily, there’s a solution for this, and it involves repartitioning your internal . . . READ ON »
Posted April 12, 2014 at 07:30 am by Tomek Kondrat
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.
Now thanks to an Xposed Framework module by XDA Senior Member itandy, you can re-enable your LED leven when in Battery Stamina Mode. As you would expect, you need to be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed to get this going. And since this is an Xp. . . READ ON »
Posted April 12, 2014 at 04:00 am by Tomek Kondrat
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 a tool that allows Windows users to check to see if they are running the latest firmware. But of course, this tool requires Windows, and there are plenty of Xperia owners running Linux or Mac.
There is nothing more uni. . . READ ON »
Posted April 6, 2014 at 02:00 pm by Will Verduzco
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 or we eat at a given pool of messages that we purchased in our plan—unless, of course, we have an expensive unlimited messaging plan.
Unfortunately, many special characters reduce the number of chara. . . READ ON »
Posted April 2, 2014 at 06:00 am by Samantha
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 Recognized Contributor and Themer DaRk-L0rD. Divided into two parts, the tutorial first guides you through the steps of extracting a kernel from an FTF file and converting it into a boot.img file. The second part teaches you how to make a flashable ZIP package containing your freshl. . . READ ON »
Int’l Galaxy S5 Rooted! AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Gets KitKat, Open Source Files Released for Xperia Z2 – XDA Developer TV
Posted March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jimmy McGee
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 the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Gesture Control. He then showed you how to root the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Finally, he gave us an Android A. . . READ ON »
Posted March 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Will Verduzco
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 normally only available for Xperia devices running official KitKat. Luckily, XDA Senior Member xperiaz2 was able to port the app addon to work with all Xperia devices running Android 4.1 or later.
Obviously, you must have Sony’s Smart Social Camer. . . READ ON »
Posted March 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Will Verduzco
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 source-built goodness.
Those who have taken to modifying OEM-provided ROMs on Sony Xperia devices may have noticed a few issues recently. Ever since the latest round of officia. . . READ ON »