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Jordan0920

Apparently, unlocking the Sony Xperia Z1 Bootloader breaks the camera. That and much more is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about Framaroot bringing One-Click Root to various devices and news about root and write protection bypass for the Moto X and the Droid Ultra.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video talking about understanding Xposed Framework, Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler did an XDA Unboxing of the new Nexus 7 (2013), and TV Producer TK gave us an Android App Review of ViPER4Android. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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Sony Cross-Device Development Pilot

September 16, 2013   By:

XDA_Articles

Today we are very excited to announce a new pilot program that will go live in the next few days. Given the emergence and increasing popularity of One-Click-Tools and Toolboxes, many developers faced a problem: Where do I put my thread if the tool is compatible with multiple devices?

Until now, you had three possibilities where each one had its own flaws:

  • General Android development (not many people search for Sony toolboxes in this forum → limited visibility)
  • Just a single device development forum (again, limited visibility for all the other devices)
  • One thread per supported device (Easily mistaken as spamming the forum and only possible in a few limited cases)

We hope to solve this issue with the introduction of a cross-device development forum. For now, this will only cover a few Sony devices. But if the pilot is successful, we plan on adding other OEMs as well. So here’s how it works:

  • We have created a separate forum for Sony cross-device development projects
  • Each of the supported devices received a new subforum, which is in fact just a link to that forum mentioned above. Example: Xperia Z
  • If you are the developer of a cross-device tool, you can create a thread in the new forum or ask a moderator to move your existing thread there

Obviously this new forum has a very strict set of rules to keep it clean:

  • Only development threads are allowed, and no random chatter, requests, OT, etc
  • You are only allowed to post if your project is compatible with multiple devices (two or more, for example Xperia Z and ZL)
  • Your thread needs to clearly show which devices it’s meant for, and this information needs to be very visible (if possible, place it in the title as well)
  • If your development project is likely to generate a lot of device-specific chatter (like device specific bugs) and you don’t want to have all that in one thread, you might want to think about creating device-specific threads (contact your forum moderator and ask for advice)

Please feel free to contact XDA Senior Moderator Diamondback or any of the Administrators for questions and feedback.

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Back in June, we announced the start of a unique competition here at XDA involving the latest high end tablet from Sony. And in early July, we announced the Stage 1 winners. What was to follow was a month of intense development from the 10 winners, 9 of whom are listed below (in random order). Note: only 9 are mentioned, as the 10th winner never responded.

What makes this competition even more unique, is how we’re conducting the voting. Sadly, community voting often leads to fanbois flocking to increase voting for their idol, diluting the worth of the obtained results. So in order to make sure everyone is given a fair chance at receiving a vote, we’ve done the following: The information on where to vote is not posted here. 

That’s right; it’s not posted here. Instead, you will need to go to the thread containing the list of winners and read through all of the projects. Once you have read about them, you will have the link to vote. If you can’t find it, you’ve not read about all of the projects. Do not ask for the link, and do not send it to someone else once you have found it. This way, everyone who votes will have done so after reading.

Who is eligible to vote?
Anyone who was registered on XDA-Developers before 9 AM (GMT) on July 26, 2013, and who is not a member of XDA staff. One vote is allowed per person. Accounts created after the 26th of July will have their votes discounted. Votes will be checked. This date and time was selected because it is shortly before information on the voting process was made available to competition entrants. Voting closes on Wednesday, August 8 at 19:30 GMT.

Ready to look at the entrants?
Head on over to the thread about the competition entries! The information on how to vote is contained within the thread.

Jordan0624

Sony Xperia illumination bar API released! That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about using CloudCube to tame your clouds and news about Ariel Shimoni and XDA Elite Recognized Developer Stericson speaking at XDA:DevCon 2013.

Jordan talks about the other video released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video talking about how a to make money as an app developer and be more than “Ramen Profitable.” Also, the winners of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z contest were announced. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
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xperia sp illumination

Further testament to Sony’s increasing support for third-party developers comes with their release of ‘experimental’ APIs for that funky translucent illumination bar found on many of their phones such as the Xperia S. The new APIs will allow developers to play and experiment with the bar’s functionality in various situations, apps, and ROMs.

Announced at Sony’s Developer World, the APIs will allow developers to control the bar in unrestricted ways never before possible, such as setting the LED color, controlling the LED pulses, and define fading patterns. The devices that are fully supported by the APIs are the:

The following phones are also supported, however support for the fading patterns will not be as extensive:

Developers of the Xperia S and P should also be mindful that the hardware only supports white color, and this limitation may be found on other devices.

These new APIs also mark the introduction of ‘experimental’ APIs from Sony, and will most likely be for ‘playful’ and novel features of the Xperia lineup. So if you own one of the supported devices and would like to check out just exactly what the illumination bar can do, be sure to visit Sony’s announcement for more information and download.

Jordan0614

Sony now allows you to install custom firmware on your Smartwatch device. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about Daniel Nazer speaking at XDA:DevCon 2013 and news about the contest. Additionally, the Paranoid Android team has open sourced HALO.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin gave us video on USB On-The-Go, AdamOutler and friend shows us how to develop for the Google ADK, and TK does an App Review of Hi App Lock. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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Jordan0607

A “top secret” court order forces Verizon to hand over your call data. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about leaving Google Apps and news about the Sony Xperia Tablet Z contest.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK gave us video on Installing OTAs with Root, Steve shows us how to root the HTC One and TK does an App Review of Greenify. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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Jordan0520

Sony continues its AOSP initiative by releasing it on the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is a tutorial on using HttpClient to upload and download with your App. And in related news, there is an article on how to promote your app.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video on resume screening methods that recruiters use, and he follows it up with a video answering questions from the first video and further explaining the information provided. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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Jordan0503

Linux 3.0.8 kernel is available for 2011 Sony Xperia Devices. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 being released with a locked bootloader and in related and unsurprising news, the Galaxy S4 bootloader has been unlocked.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve had an App Shootout between third party browsers for Android, Windows Phone, and iOS; AdamOutler talked about the Google ADK 2012 code; and TK released an Android App review of Incall Recorder. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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Jordan0426

XDA:DevCon, a conference for developers by developers was announced this week. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is a discussion of AOSP being released for the  and an article on enabling ADB on ChromeOS.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Steve talked about his switch from Samsung to HTC, Kevin gave us a demonstration of the Tasker alternative Llama, and TK released an Android app review of SuperBeam. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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Jordan0422

The Sony Socialife app has been ported to old Xperia Devices. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is a discussion of an universal Arduino interface for Android and XDA hitting 5 million members.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Rob had talked about Five Tips you might not have known and XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce asks for what you want to hear about regarding App development. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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screenies

If you’re not familiar with Sony’s Timescape, it was Xperia’s main social media app up until the beginning of 2013, when it was replaced with Socialife by Sony. Consisting of scrolling panels of updates from your connected social networks such as Facebook and Twitter as well as displaying your call history and messages among many others, Timescape has always been a compatible with only Xperia devices running stock firmwares, with many users of custom Jelly Bean ROMs missing out.

By remixing and modifying the necessary apps of the Timescape suite from various different devices of the Xperia lineup, Rizal Lovins has made Timescape compatible with 2011 Xperia devices running non-stock 4.1 and 4.2 roms such as CM 10 and CM10.1. Installation is relatively straightforward, requiring you to edit your build.prop, wipe dalvik cache, and flash the zip file. However some prerequisites may be necessary to allow some features to function as intended, such as the Timescape widget and Rizal Lovins does acknowledge some bugs.

So if you’re running a custom Jelly bean rom on your 2011 Xperia device and miss the functionality and practicality of Sony’s Timescape suite, make sure to check out the original thread for the download, installation instructions, and more information.

Jordan0308

The White House replies to the SIM-unlocking petition, and they agree! That story and more are covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Jordan talks about Sony Mobile releasing a develop build of Firefox OS and Jordan mentions his video of Boot2Gecko. Jordan talks about the mods collection for the Xperia P, U, Go and Sola.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer and newcomer Steve gives a Windows Phone App Review of CloudMuzik, Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler released a video on GPIO and the Raspberry Pi, and XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Android app review of Carbon. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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