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jerdog · Dec 30, 2012

Sony Releases Beta Flash Tool for Unlocked Xperia Devices

When you purchase a device, it's always desirable to be able to use it as you wish. Sadly, this is often not the case. This is because most of the time, people purchase devices with a carrier subsidy. What this means is that essentially the carrier is letting you purchase the device at a reduced rate, say $300 off suggested retail, with the terms of a contract stating you will stay with them for (usually) two years. This guarantees that...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 30, 2012

Sony Allows Xperia Play Unlock, Easier Android USB Tethering on Mac OSX! – XDA Developer TV

It is Friday, and Jordan is here to round up the news stories from this week on XDA. Jordan talks about HoRNDIS, which allows you to tether on a Mac easily. In XDA-specific news, Jordan talks about developers discussion forum being trialed in the Note II forums. Jordan mentions the three videos posted this week on XDA Developer TV. The first video released this week was by XDA TV Producer TK and talked about rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The...

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egzthunder1 · Aug 30, 2012

DASH-ing Move by Sony–D.A.S.H. Goes Open Source

If you've followed XDA for a while, you will likely know that we have somewhat mixed feelings towards Sony and the attitude they used to (notice the use of past tense) take towards the developer community. If anyone remembers back to the legal battle against George Hotz, where a multi-million dollar corporation essentially went full force against an underground developer/hacker for letting people know how to run CFW (custom firmware) on their Playstation consoles, it was something that earned (and...

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jerdog · Apr 19, 2012

Want to Test Your App But Don’t Have a Phone? Sony Wants to Help

We recently told you about numerous things Sony has been doing in an attempt to embrace the independent developer community. Starting with official ICS test builds then providing instructions to build kernels for their Xperia S, they are now at it again. On their Developer World Blog, they just recently announced a new program that they are calling the Device Loaner Program. Essentially, if you are an Android developer and would like to test your application against a physical device but cannot afford...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 5, 2012

Unofficial LocationFree Player for Android Spotted in Action

Sony's LocationFree Player is a system for streaming video content like cable, satellite, home DVR, and even your DVD collection anywhere in the world at any time (think Slingbox, Sony style). Launched in 2004, the service allowed users to stream to devices like the Sony PSP, VAIO Laptops and even to your home television via standalone players. Many people still use the service even though Sony no longer develops it. One thing the LocationFree service always lacked in comparison to...

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Former Writer · Feb 4, 2012

Tool Gives Xperia Arc Users Ability to Unpack/Repack and Modify Image Files

Sometimes development can be fueled by nothing more than a well made tool or tutorial that gets people started. In most cases, it's some sort of kitchen that takes some of the hard parts of making a ROM and turns it into a simple menu option. In other cases, it's a 10 minute tutorial showing users what's what and how to do things. The latter is the case for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc users, as XDA Senior Member iridaki has...

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Russell Holly · Jan 24, 2012

Is this a Windows Phone from Sony?

Despite their many efforts, Sony has never been especially popular in the Android world. They have some very nice looking devices, but they have never been able to achieve the popularity of HTC, Samsung, or Motorola with their Android offerings. With that in mind, Sony has been branching out in an attempt to gain some of that all important marketshare. One of the more interesting steps they seem to be taking has been a move into Windows Phone space. Recently...

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Former Writer · Jan 20, 2012

Battery Script for Xperia Live Helps Improve Battery Life

Battery life on phones is very important and especially so on Android devices. One of the biggest and longest running complaints of the Android line is bad battery life. While manufacturers and Google have worked together to build phones with bigger batteries and better power management, some phones came out after these improvements and could use the extra help. It is with this in mind that XDA Member Alifdroid came up with a battery script that promises the Sony Xperia...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 9, 2012

Sony (Not Sony Ericsson) Unveils the Xperia Ion

Back in October, we were greeted by news that Sony was set to buy out the remainder of Sony Ericsson for a cool $1.45 billion---a move made with the hopes of delivering better product integration and bolstering patent holdings. Fast forward two-and-a-half months, and now we have our first purely Sony phone since the 2001 merger---and what a phone it is! The Xperia Ion by Sony will be the first Xperia-branded phone to pack 4G LTE connectivity. The goodness doesn't stop...

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