SONY Posts on XDA

Hands-on with the New Sony Products at CES 2015 – XDA TV

At the 2015 International CES, Japanese manufacturer Sony released an Android powered Walkman, the ZX2. We were very excited to take a look at it, and also ran into the other two latest products from Sony while we were there: the Xperia Z3C tablet and Sony Smartwatch 3. XDA TV Producer Jordan got a chance to get his hands...

Restore Functionality on Unlocked Xperia Devices – Part Two

As you might have noticed, not too long ago, we featured an article that detailed how to get back lost functionality on unlocked Sony Xperia devices. To recap, a simple system modification allows you to gain back most of the features you lost when unlocking the bootloader of a recent Xperia device. The reason for the reduced...

Android Powered Sony Walkman To Debut At CES

Back in 1979 Sony released one of the weirdest portable devices that conquered the globe instantly. The Walkman allowed anyone to listen to their favorite hits almost everywhere. According to Sony's web page the company sold 385 millions devices branded as “Walkman” until 2009. The Walkman is also available on Android, as Sony (Ericsson) released the Live...

Beyond Smartphones: How To Get There w/ Troed Sångberg – XDA:DevCon 2014

Today’s XDA:DevCon 2014 session video continues from yesterday’s talk by Andreas Göransson entitled Building Wearable Apps with Android. Today’s talk is from another Sony staff member. Earlier we heard from Sony staffer Alin Jerpelea’s with his session AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future. Our presenter Troed Sångberg is a developer advocate with Sony Developer Relations. His...

The History of Flagships: Part I – Sony

Every OEM aspiring to conquer the mobile world undoubtedly releases its take on the so-called "flagship device". Phones or tablets described as flagship are premium-class devices with top hardware specifications and usually run the newest version of the Android OS and their custom UI modifications. Since the initial version of Android, brands like Sony, Samsung,...

AOSP for Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future w/ Alin Jerpelea – XDA:DevCon 2014

It's Holiday time, and as a gift to those of you who were not able to make it to XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK, we will begin posting our videos from some of the presentations. Over the next 12 days we will be releasing the sessions for you to enjoy. The first video we are posting...

Sony Updates AOSP Sources to Android 5.0.1

Just a few days ago, Sony did an utterly fantastic job by pushing out numerous device trees for all 2014 Qualcomm based Xperia devices to its GitHub account. This came as a rather big surprise for some, but Sony wants to finish this year with a little extra oomph. The Japanese OEM decided to update...

Google Glass-like Clip-On For Regular Glasses Developed by Sony

For the price of $2,000, a pair of glasses that can run apps, take pictures, and function a mini-computer should at least come with a nice designer frame--maybe something Ray-Ban, Gucci, or Persol. But, no. Forking over that amount of money for Google Glass gets you a cyborg headpiece that can do what your phone...

Enhance Screenshots Functionality by Adding a Delete Button

Screenshots are the best choice for users wishing to show off their current home screens or provide extra detailed bug reports for certain issues to app developers. Android has a built-in screenshot system that allows you to take a shot with a simple key combination. However, the built-in functionality could easily be improved by adding a...

Sony Shows How to Unlock the Bootloader on Xperia Devices

For casual smartphone users, the bootloader is more than likely something of a mystery. Many users don't know what it does, and there's a fair chance that they've never even heard of it. For XDA users, the bootloader is something that allows us to flash custom kernels and ROMs. Some OEMs and carriers, however, lock the...

Pimp Your Xperia with Impressive Animations

Unlike Apple's iOS or Microsoft's Windows Phone, Android gives users tons of customization options. Almost every element of the user interface can be changed through third party applications, Xposed Framework modules, or simply through reverse engineering. Additionally, many OEMs also apply their own custom UIs in order to make their devices seem unique. One OEM with...

Sony Encouraging SmartWatch 2 Development

Mobile device companies like selling devices--it's how they make their money and it's how they fund the next device that's already in their pipeline. It also makes it very hard to support those same devices in 6 months when the next iteration is out. There's one thing that can be said though about Sony, and...