September 5, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge and Sony announced the Xperia Z3 and the Smartwatch 3! 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 Moto E and the Moto G and be sure the check out the article talking about webOS becoming LuneOS. 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 NLPUnBounce. Then TK talked about two solar charging options. And later TK gave us his Top 5 Android Wear Apps. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 28, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Many users don’t see any particular reason to change out the stock firmware for AOSP-derived offerings. OEMs for the most part are now taking things much more seriously, and their firmwares are pretty much usable unlike a few years ago. Some of you might remember how “fluid” Eclair was on some devices, which illustrates the past problem with skinned ROM performance.
A pre-rooted stock ROM is still a good choice for many users, as it offers all the device-specific features along with the power-user friendly goodies of root. While copying the requisite files to make a ROM pre-rooted is easy as pie, extracting the stock image isn’t. If you want to extract a firmware for Sony device, you need to use a Flashtool and lots of time waiting for the output. Those of you who want to have a pre-rooted stock ROM made in just few simple moves should try the tool written by XDA Senior Member zxz0O0. PRFCreator is a Windows-only tool that creates a pre-rooted stock image in just few clicks. The output file can be flashed right away onto your device.
To get the flashable.zip you need to have three elements: a working FTF file with a firmware to your phone (you can create it yourself with Flashtool), a SuperSU package, and a dual boot package. You can get them from the resources provided in the thread.
You don’t have to wait for someone to root a stock firmware for you. Do it yourself, since it’s very easy. Get the app from the PRGCreator thread and give your Sony device a pre-rooted stock ROM.
July 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
As we go international with xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28, we are thrilled to have our friends at Sony returning as a sponsor. The great thing about Sony is that they don’t just make a token effort; they bring it.
We’ve already talked about one of Sony’s presentations with Alin Jerpelea talk on Sony and AOSP. Today, we are happy to announce another great presentation from our friends at Sony for xda:devcon ’14. Troed Sångberg is a developer advocate with Sony Developer Relations. With a core technical background in the home computer scene of the 80s, he’s been a professional telecom developer since the late 90s. Most recently he has worked in research, with an interest in the intersection between disruptive technology and the culture of society. Troed considers decentralization of creation–how anyone anywhere can invent, distribute and disrupt–to be the major game changer of our times.
At xda:devcon ’13 head of Developer Relations at Sony Mobile Karl-Johan Dahlstrom gave a presentation titled “How Sony Supports and Works With Independent Developers.” In his presentation, In his presentation, he talked about and gave examples of how independent developers and Sony can, and have, collaborate through different opportunities and open initiatives.
This year, Sångberg offers up another excellent presentation entitled, “Beyond Smartphones, And How To Get There.” The era of SmartWear and Internet of Things is upon us. This session will extrapolate the last 8000 years of human innovation into the realities of the present and near future. Sångberg covers the SDKs available for current and soon-to-come functionality, as well as a new service Sony is introducing to drastically reduce friction for developers with regards to app verification. Expect to see tech details on SmartWatch, SmartBand, SmartEyeglass and Wi-Fi controlled Sony cameras.
July 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
If you haven’t heard already, XDA is putting on its second annual xda:devcon. This year, we’re doing it international style and holding the event in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28. We have great sponsors from Sony and Oppo who joined us last year, to newcomer OnePlus. However, it takes more than great sponsors to make an event like the successful, it takes great speakers.
Returning to xda:devcon is a speaker from last year. Founding member of the “Free Xperia Project” and now a Community Manager with Sony Developer Relations, Alin Jerpelea has a core technical background and has been active on XDA since 2006 on multiple platforms.
At xda:devcon ’13, Jerpelea gave a presentation entitled “Android on Legacy Devices – Use It or Lose It.” In that presentation, he holds a dialog with the audience and talks about how Android support on legacy devices from developers is demanded by a lot of people because manufacturers rarely release Android updates. Developers and members at XDA work hard to support devices on new Android versions. Jerpelea pondered how much we should push those devices. Is it enough to have the latest Android version booted, or do we want more? Check out the video to see what they have to say on this video from last year.
This year, Jerpelea returns and offers up another excellent presentation. This time, he will be giving a talk entitled “AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future.” Have you ever wondered what Sony is doing to open up for more collaboration and more innovation in the Open Source community? In this session Alin will share with you where Sony is taking AOSP for Xperia in the short term. Sony wants to support external community innovation, so Alin will discuss how Sony will improve their work on openness around AOSP.
As previously mentioned, we are happy to acknowledge Sony as a sponsor for our second annual xda:devcon ’14 in Manchester, UK the weekend of September 26-28. If you are in attendance, you will be able to try out Sony’s latest products in mobile and SmartWear technology. Be sure to ask them about their SmartWatch 2, for which you can innovate using custom watch faces and Sony APIs. Also, learn about their SmartBand and Lifelog service to discover their future possibilities. And finally, for developers interested in groundbreaking technology, come explore what you can do with the SmartEyeglass prototype project.
At xda:devcon ’14 you will learn Sony’s plans for the second half of 2014, which includes a new service that will help app developers verify their apps on real Sony devices. You will also learn about how Sony is accelerating its open initiative around AOSP. You can find out more about Sony and their initiatives through their developer portal, Sony Developer World.
Sony and XDA look forward to seeing you at xda:devcon ’14! As a reminder, get your tickets before July 1 and receive deep discounts on our Early Bird pricing!
May 1, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Sony Mobile likes to surprise users. From time to time, they release some open-source projects including device trees for their handsets. But releasing device trees is not all that Sony does, as they often release other fun projects.
Sony employee Pál Szász, otherwise known as XDA Sony Mobile Developer pal.szasz, recently announced a new concept: EvolutionUI. This UI is a quite new idea, and it works by adding achievements and gaming points to Android.
Android’s “gamification” can bring some fun to users and prompt them to learn them how to use their smartphones properly. At the start, only basic features are available. But with higher experience levels and after collecting more points, new phone functions are unlocked. Available achievements include opening application five times or creating five new shortcuts on your home screen. Sony prepared a YouTube video to demonstrate the concept:
As you can see , this is an interesting idea. But does this make Android a good place to implement such a concept? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, you can visit the original thread to learn more. There, you’ll find a link to the project’s Github.
April 4, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Sprint LG G2 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 how HTC made kernel source available for the One M8 and how Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana and Action Center! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan also talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Cool Tool. Jordan then reviewed the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Finally, TK gave us an Android App Review of Live Weather. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
February 26, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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 the web, RSS feeds, Social Media feeds, YouTube, and a Taco Bell Breakfast menu to compile all the information you need to know about what has been announced at this year’s Mobile world Congress. So, pull up a chair and check out this video.
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 eventually became outdated and out of sync with the new Flashtool releases. Androxyde therefore decided to release the driver pack separately. With help of XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD, the Flashtool team provides a new version of drivers that should help you to use Flashtool to backup or restore your Sony Xperia device. There are some issues with Windows 8 (surprise, surprise), but they have been resolved and the information to do so is in the thread’s OP.
These versatile drivers can be found in the original thread, which is housed in the Cross-Device Development Projects for Sony Devices forum. If you own a Sony device, don’t hesitate to go there and grab a copy. Don’t forget to get a newest version of Flashtool while you’re at it, which can be found in its thread.
January 31, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2,for the AT&T Galaxy S4 and Note 3 has been leaked! 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 Sony Xperia Z1 received a maintenance release and the HTC One KitKat release for the US carrier versions has been delayed! 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 HKThemeManager, Jordan reviewed the RAVPower RP-WD01, and TK gave us an Android App Review of ZDLock. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
January 12, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The spectacle that is the International CES show has come to an end for yet another year. While there are bound to be more Android announcements at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, there are still some things announced this week to look forward to—and some things that were announced that you won’t look forward to.
Let’s start with the unexciting. The mobile device manufacturer with a name that is not pronounced how it is spelled, Huawei, released an updated version of the Ascend Mate phone. Adding in 4G LTE connectivity, the creatively named follow-up, Ascend Mate 2 4G sits squarely in the middle of the road. With a Mediatek chip running four cores and sporting a 6.1” 720p screen, this device won’t be making the list of juggernaut phones for 2014. As a favor to you, we got hands on with the device to show you what you won’t be missing.
To follow in this pattern, let’s talk about the LG G Flex. While the G Flex has been announced and available internationally for a while now, LG announced US carrier versions. As the name implies, this device is flexible and sports a curved design. This devices still disappointingly rocks Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and is really nothing more than a bent LG G2. However, we can’t blame LG, as they were not the only ones who think the future of consumer electronics is bending your old products.
To be honest, we are a little disappointed by this company’s announcements. Sony has made some great devices, and unfortunately they are content with just making some small tweaks. This year they released a duo of phones: the Xperia Z1S and the shrunken Z1 Compact. If you shorten the name, you could call it the Z1C—though Sony won’t call it that, and you have a familiar naming convention. Not only is the naming convention similar, so is the approach to product design: Take an existing device and tweak it. The Z1S is Sony’s attempt at capturing some of the delicious US market share. The device will only be available with T-Mobile. The Z1S is basically a Z1 made of plastic with pre-installed Sony apps, like the PlayStation app. The Z1 Compact is the Z1 only smaller. And since it also features a 720p resolution on its smaller screen, the screen density goes down. Some say the screen is better than the bigger brothers, but that’s in the eye of the beholder. If you want to know more about Sony’s devices check out our video.
Sony is not the only one to announce a hardware “refresh.” Android device powerhouse Samsung released newer versions of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, a new big Note, and a trio of new Galaxy Tabs. The tablet updates are all Pros: The Note Pro 12.2, the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4. These tablets introduce a new navigation idea called Magazine UI, which reminds us of Windows Phone live tiles. There was a lot of information about these devices. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, check out our video to learn even more.
Perhaps the most exciting announcement of CES 2014 turned out not to be a device at all, but rather a mobile chipset. Nvidia announced their new 192-core Tegra K1 chip. This Tegra chip features the same architecture as Nvidia’s desktop GPUs, while sipping only 5 watts. This allows for some tremendous eye candy. To check out some of that eye candy, check out the video.
A big thing this year was the so called wrist revolution. There were many smartwatches at this year’s event. From the LG LifeBand Touch, which is a better fitness tracking device than smartwatch, to the stylish new MetaWatch and huge Neptune Pine; smartwatches might be the next big thing. Our favorite from this year is possibly the svelte all-in-one smartwatch, the Omate TrueSmart. Check out our videos to learn more about the different type of smartwatches.
Video Courtesy of Twildottv
Video Courtesy of Twildottv
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Another CES has come and gone. And while there was some news of impending mobile devices, nothing really stands out and the must have device of this year. However, don’t think that means there will be no good smartphone releases this year. You will just have to wait for them. They may be announced at Mobile World Congress or some other event. We wait eagerly for the next must have device to be announced, so save your money, and join us. Just don’t hold your breath.
January 8, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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 the folks and Sony. And in this video, he shares what he learned, while showing off the two new devices and how they all share basically the same base design. Check out this video to see what the newest Xperia devices look like.
International CES 2014 has begun, we’ve talked about Nvidia’s exciting announcement and the entrance of Android into automobiles, but there is a bigger overarching trend when it comes to mobile devices. That trend is wearables.
Wearables are not new. We’ve had them for a while—everything from the Pebble smartwatch to the Sony Smartwatches, and even Google Glass. However this year, wearables are blending and merging in their functions. READ ON »