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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 1, 2014

Sony to Extend its AOSP Program to Other Devices

Sony will be offering its users the possibility to use AOSP ROMs as an alternative to the currently offered, skinned firmware. This is the result of agreement made with FXP group associated with both XDA and the CyanogenMod team, which took place a few years ago. One of the leaders of the project, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea, is heading this operation and was hired by Sony to lead the AOSP program. AOSP support isn't something new to Sony. Currently...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 5, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Xperia Z3, New Android Wear Watches Unveiled at IFA, webOS Becomes LuneOS! – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 28, 2014

Make a Pre-Rooted Stock Sony ROMs in Just Few Clicks

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 24, 2014

Sony Developer Advocate Troed Sångberg Talks Beyond Smartphones at XDA:DevCon 2014

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 14, 2014

Sony Developer Relations Community Manager Alin Jerpelea to Talk About Sony AOSP at XDA:DevCon 2014

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...

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jerdog · Jun 2, 2014

Sony Back as Sponsor at XDA:DevCon ’14

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 1, 2014

Sony’s EvolutionUI Brings “Gamification” to Android

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 4, 2014

HTC Releases One M8 Kernel Source, Sony Xperia Z2 Rooted, Sprint LG G2 Gets KitKat – XDA Developer TV

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...

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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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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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Jimmy McGee · Jan 31, 2014

Android 4.4.2 for AT&T Galaxy S4 and Note 3 Leaked, HTC One KitKat US Release Delayed – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 12, 2014

International CES 2014 Wrap Up – What Got Announced?

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. Huawei 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...

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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 7, 2014

Wearables Dominate the Pre-Event Days of CES

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. (more…)

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egzthunder1 · Dec 7, 2013

Has Technology Become a Disposable Commodity?

I am, and have always been, an early adopter of a lot of things, particularly when it comes to technology. My cell phone voyage started back in the year 2000 with a Nokia 5110. Back then, only a handful of people had phones, and seeing someone on the street with one was a somewhat rare sight. Nowadays, the same cannot be said. Cell phones have become a massive commodity---one that gets a lot of attention, and certainly one that is...

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Samantha · Nov 23, 2013

Sony Xperia SP to Get Android 4.4 KitKat; Xperia T, TX, V, ZR ‘Under Investigation’

Over the last few weeks, we've seen some very exciting news and announcements from OEMs and telecom providers regarding Android 4.4 KitKat rollout schedules. Among them, we saw Sony share details on the first raft of Xperia devices slated to receive the update. The announcement wasn't met with just smiles, however, as many Xperia users have voiced their confusion, anger, and disappointment over the selection of devices Sony has decided to allow into the KitKat party. If you found yourself disappointed before,...

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Samantha · Nov 14, 2013

Sony Addon SDK Updated with New Bluetooth Accessory APIs

It's pretty obvious that over the past couple of months, Sony has been increasing their support for open-source development not only for Xperia line of devices, but also the various accessories such as the Smartwatch 1 and Smartwatch 2, and their Smart Imaging Stand. And it seems as though Sony isn't stopping there, as they just recently added support for their stereo Bluetooth headset SBH50 and the Smart Bluetooth Handset SBH52. If you weren't aware of these accessories, the SBH50...

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Samantha · Nov 7, 2013

Sony Makes Thermanager Open Source

We'd like to think that temperature control is the least of our problems when it comes to our smartphones and tablets. It's a factor that the majority, if not all, of the large manufacturers refuse to acknowledge---instead preferring to tout form, power, and performance. So when we do CPU-intensive activities, such as playing games, or when the weather's hotter than usual on a particular day, we don't expect our devices to usually heat up to such a degree. To manage...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 30, 2013

Porting Sony Small Apps to CM 10.1, Sony Rooting Toolkit, Sony Add-on SDK 2.0 Released! – XDA Developer TV

The Sony Add-on SDK 2.0 has been released, and it brings new APIs for the Sony SmartWatch 2 and Xperia Z1. 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 an article about an easy rooting Toolkit makes rooting simple on Sony devices. In more Sony news, he talks about the guide on how to port the Sony small apps and task switcher to...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 25, 2013

Sony Brings the Knowledge and the Goods in Their Presentations

XDA:DevCon 2013 is over. Without the great support from our sponsors, the event would not have been nearly as interesting or informative. One sponsor that really stepped up was Sony. Not only did they attend and bring their latest goods for ogling and testing, but they also brought three interesting presentations of our enjoyment. Their first presentation Karl-Johan Dahlstrom (head of Developer Relations at Sony Mobile) gave was titled “How Sony Supports and Works With Independent Developers.” Part of Karl-Johan’s job...

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