July 27, 2012 By: Former Writer
Sony Xperia development is a whirlwind of sharing and porting. There seemingly isn’t anything released on any given Xperia device that isn’t eventually ported to the other Xperia devices. From the launcher, to apps, and many other things, the Sony Xperia line is the epitome of developmental sharing. That said, the Sony Xperia Arc as well as the Sony Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Active, and Ray have all received a port of the Sony Xperia S lock screen.
XDA Senior Member AeonWorld ported the lock screen to the Xperia Arc. A few days later XDA Senior Member ThilinaC ported the mod to the Mini, Mini Pro, Active, and Ray. However, during that port, ThrilinaC also added a mod to customize the app shortcuts on the lock screen. This mod was then brought back to the Xperia Arc. Awesome.
For all the devices, the mod is pretty simple to apply. Just download the appropriate file and flash in custom recovery. The mods are only compatible with the stock ROMs at this time, so if you want to check it out you may have to roll back to rooted stock, although it’ll likely be added to custom ROMs in due time.
Update: This awesome modification is also available on the Xperia Neo and Neo V thanks to the work of XDA Recognized Contributor Pandemic and XDA Forum Member x_one. You can find their work in this thread.
It can be said without exaggeration that the Sony Xperia S has been one of the best Android devices ever when it comes to porting its software to other Android devices. Xperia S ports are simply everywhere, and range from a few applications to, in some cases, full blown ROMs. It seems as though nearly everyone wants a piece of Xperia S software love, and devs have been more than willing to hand it out.
The Xperia S ports to everywhere saga continues as XDA Forum Member Lasan has ported the Sony Xperia S proprietary music player, called MusicXS, to a range of Xperia devices including the Mini, Mini Pro, Active and Ray. The mod, which is a recovery-flashable update.zip, will install the music player along with all the libraries required for it to run properly. Says Lasan:
work fine with SoundEnhancement and Surround Effect. May be ported completed 99%
So not only are you getting the application, but also all the fun little options it comes with. As with Sony XLoud, users will be treated a modified music experience, and since the stock Android music player still doesn’t seem to understand that people want equalizers with their music, it’s definitely worth a shot for music lovers. However, there are some things users need to know before flashing. Says Lasan:
For devices other than WT19 (walkman), remove the default music files in /system/app/SemcMusic.apk with RootExplorer or Titanium Backup
For MIUI and GingerCruzt-XS, Music and all fix include to next update
Be sure that your device meets the requirements before flashing, and of course, make sure you have a Nandroid backup handy just in case.
For additional info, hit up the original thread.