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Sony retires several two-year old Xperia smartphones

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Sony is now ending official software upgrades for several of its older Xperia models. But owners of some of these devices need not despair as there is some light at the end of their tunnel, though not coming from Sony itself.

The list of devices is quite a long one. So far it includes the Xperia arc S, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion, Xperia acro S, Xperia go, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia miro, Xperia sola, Xperia tipo, and Xperia U. Some of these devices, like the Xperia U and Xperia P, were announced way back in early 2012 while others average at 18 months. They’ve had quite a good run as far as software updates go, with some even trekking three Android generations.

That’s not to say that Sony immediately abonded these devices. In August last year, the company rolled out Android 4.1 for the Xperia S, Xperia SL, and Xperia acro S, bringing those devices into the Jelly Bean age. Other have not been that lucky but nevertheless did receive some amount of updates. Sony has updated the official software support pages for these devices, so if you own any one of them, it might be a good idea to check how far Sony will be taking your smartphone in terms of upgrades.

But as mentioned, there is a way out, at least for some of these. That is if owners are willing to risk going through a flashing process. Some models, particularly the Xperia go, Xperia P, Xperia sola, and Xperia U just received an unofficial port of CyanogenMod 11 in November last year. While this is definitely not an officially supported route, either by Sony and even by CyanogenMod, this at least gives those devices a chance at a life with Android 4.4.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Sony Xperia Ion gets Android 4.4 KitKat, via unofficial CM11 ROM

Posted by wicked January - 2 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Owners of the Sony Xperia Ion haven’t seen a lot of love recently, at least when it comes to OS upgrades. Not only did Sony essentially abandon the device after updating it to Android 4.1.2, the device hasn’t seen a lot of community support when it comes to Android 4.2 or 4.3 ROMs, either.

The good news is that the Sony Xperia Ion is now making a pretty big jump, getting its first taste of Android 4.4 KitKat — all thanks to the efforts of XDA member MrGezz and a developer named RaymanFX. The new KitKat ROM comes in the form of an unofficial CM11 build, and is said to be built upon work originally created by FXP for their CM10 builds.

The ROM is technically in the alpha stage of development, but it is actually said to be very stable with only a few documented issues. Most notably, the LED indicator doesn’t show up when charging and the battery percentage doesn’t show up properly in the status bar. Neither of these are exactly deal-breaking bugs, though.

If you’re still rocking the Xperia Ion, you certainly might want to give this one a try. Just keep in mind that things can go wrong when flashing and modding your handset, so proceed with caution. To learn further details or to download the ROM, you’ll want to head on over to the XDA Developer’s forum.

Highly Functional KitKat Build for the Sony Xperia Ion

Posted by Will Verduzco January - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Despite all of Sony’s recent developer-friendly awesomeness, a few relatively recent devices have fallen through the cracks and have been left without official Android updates. While most of these devices generally have found vibrant aftermarket development communities that have filled these gaps, this isn’t the case for every device.

One such instance is the Sony Xperia Ion, a device that was only officially updated to Android 4.1.2 and never received stable aftermarket builds of Android 4.2 or 4.3. Now thanks to hard work by XDA Senior Member MrGezz and Recognized Developer RaymanFX, a nearly fully functional Android 4.4 KitKat build has appeared for the device. This release comes in the form of an unofficial CyanogenMod 11 release, and it builds on work originally created by FXP for their CM10 builds.

There are currently two known bugs: The LED indicator does not light up when charging, and the battery percentage does not initially show properly in the status bar. The first bug is only a minor inconvenience, as the battery still charges even though the light does not come on. The latter, while annoying, has a functional workaround that is accomplished by changing the battery status style in CM settings.

If you’ve got an Xperia Ion and want to give KitKat a try, head over to the original thread and get in on the action.

[Thanks to Forum Member XPERIA ION for the tip. I wonder what device he uses. :P ]

Smooth Ion Brings Tweaks to Stock Xperia Ion ROMs

Posted by wicked November - 12 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

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Tweaks and mods can be fun. They add functionality and customization not usually found within the framework of most Android devices. However, when there are a lot of tweaks you enjoy, it can be a pain to find and install them all. That’s why there are tweak and mod packs out there that give you a bunch of mods all at once. For Sony Xperia Ion users, there is a mod that packs in quite a bit.

Called Smooth Ion, it was released by XDA Senior Member ganeshbiyer. It requires users be running a stock ICS ROM and that it be deodexed first. The features are as follows:

What is “Smooth ION”?
Collection of apps.
Build prop tweaks.
Init.d tweaks.
What does “Smooth ION” contain/do?
Xperia GX Home Launcher. (credit serajr) (not in At&t version)
Jellybean Status bar with Sense 4 recent Apps. (credit ou! & DdcCabuslay)
JB Adreno_Drivers_V3
Latest Sony Xperia V Walkman. (credit Rizal Lovins Sundanesse)
Google Now v4. (credit ReekoTubbs)
Add Jellybean Keyboard (not in At&t version) and Hackers Keyboard (my personal favorite ).
Adds init.d support if not there already.
Adds init.d tweak scripts.
Adds tons of build.prop tweaks.
Delete unnecessary apps.

The pack brings various tweaks and other goodies to Xperia Ion users. To install, just flash via ClockworkMod recovery. The zip wipes cache and Dalvik for you so no need to worry about that.

For additional details, check out the original thread.



Sony Xperia T, TX, V Jelly Bean upgrades coming in Q1 2013, other handsets also mentioned

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

Sony has some interesting plans regarding its smartphone future, but issuing timely Android updates are not part of them. The company has shared more details about its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean roll out, but in case you don’t own one of the recently launched Xperia models you won’t like what we’re about to tell you.

The lists of Jelly Bean-upgradeable Xperia devices includes only the following models:

We don’t have any actual Jelly Bean roll out details for either model, but it looks like the most recent Xperia devices – the Xperia T, TX and V – will be the first to get their Android 4.1 update. That will happen at some point in the first quarter of 2013.

In case you own 2011 Sony Android smartphones, you won’t receive any official Jelly Bean upgrade next year, so you’ll either have to stick it out with Ice Cream Sandwich, or find custom Jelly Bean-based ROMs to install on those Xperia models:

We were glad to provide the Android 4.0.4 upgrade for our 2011 Xperia portfolio across most markets and the majority of models but, after thorough evaluation, we have concluded they will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich.

Beyond Ice Cream Sandwich we would not able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand. We will however, continue to support all these products with firmware maintenance releases.

We’ll be back with more Jelly Bean upgrade details once Sony starts releasing the update.

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Sony Xperia Ion Official CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies Now Available

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

Good news for those of you sporting a Sony Xperia Ion. Official CyanogenMod nightlies are now available for your device. Codenamed aoba, the first CM9 build for the Ion is ready for download from get.cm. Also remember to flash the GApps .zip after flashing CM9 to get the latest Google apps installed. Links below.

source: get.cm and gapps
via: android police



Android 4.0.4 ICS update heading to AT&T’s Sony Xperia Ion

Posted by wicked September - 20 - 2012 - Thursday Comments Off

Releasing a flagship phone with an outdated version of Android was one of the factors that led to a not-so-impressive Sony Xperia Ion. But to the delight of owners of the phone, Sony is making good on its promise to provide a swift upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. After we saw the Android 4.0 firmware hitting the LTE variant of the phone a few days back, the update is reportedly coming to the Xperia Ion on AT&T.

You should already see the update notification on your Sony Xperia Ion LT28AT.  However, the update may only be downloaded and installed when you connect the phone to your PC and run Sony’s PC companion software, SuS.

It looks like there are two updates available: build 6.1.c.1.105 and .107. Since there’s no official change log yet, we can’t tell the difference between the two at this time. Some folks have reported that they were able to go to .107 without a hitch, while some said that the .105 update keeps popping up even when they’re already on .107. Hopefully AT&T can clear this confusion by the time they make the update official today.

Regardless of the not-so-smooth roll out, it’s an update that’s worth the slight hassle. Aside from the smoothness that it brings to the Xperia Ion, there are also the many perks that ICS comes with. If you’re an Xperia Ion user, please do share if you have encountered any difficulties while updating the phone. How do you like ICS on your Ion?

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This article, Android 4.0.4 ICS update heading to AT&T’s Sony Xperia Ion , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.



4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update rolling out to Xperia Ion LTE

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2012 - Saturday Comments Off


Very recently, the Sony Xperia S received its official update to Android 4.0.4. This is great news for a few reasons, most of which involve all of the fun, new features that come with Ice Cream Sandwich. However, 4.0.4 is the last version of Ice Cream Sandwich, which means the next update could be Jelly Bean. Xperia Ion LTE users, meanwhile, have been waiting for an update to Android 4.0.4, and the wait has just ended.

Mobile Syrup has been discussing that Sony is already preparing the 4.0.4 update. Almost everyone was sure the update would occur sometime this week, but the exact date was only speculation. Thankfully, the wait wasn’t a very long one, as Sony has reportedly begun to roll out the update as of yesterday, September 14.

What’s in the official update?

For starters, Ice Cream Sandwich is a wholly different operating system than Gingerbread. Xperia Ion LTE owners will be treated to a new user interface, most of the features that come with Android 4.0.4, and likely some features that Sony has baked in themselves. The Xperia Ion LTE should also get performance improvements and better battery management that many have been hoping for.

For most users, a notification for upgrade should already appear. If not, you can likely force the update by going into the settings screen, navigating to the About Phone option, and then tapping “check for updates.” According to Xperia Blog, the Xperia Ion update is rolling out to Hong Kong and Taiwan customers now. Other regions should experience their updates in the very near future.

The new version number is 6.1.E.1.19 and it should be a pretty big update. So be sure to be near your phone charger in case you need to plug in during the download and install processes. Since the update is so fresh, there aren’t any reports out yet as to how the update is working.

If you have the Xperia Ion LTE and have already updated, we’d love to hear from you. How is the update? Are there noticeable improvements? Let us know in the comments below.


This article, 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update rolling out to Xperia Ion LTE , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.



Init.d, CPU Editor Script, and ClockworkMod for Xperia Ion

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

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For those who don’t know, Init.d is required to run scripts on most Android devices. It can be used on pretty much any device that’s rooted, but sometimes it can be hard to make it stick. Usually, it requires flashing a kernel or a ROM that has Init.d support in a custom recovery. For those rocking the Sony Xperia Ion, you now have a different option. You also have some fun new scripts to play with.

Thanks to the efforts of XDA Senior Member popfan, the Xperia Ion now has Init.d support, a CPU Editor, and a ClockworkMod Recovery. This is a great start for a device that was only rooted a short time ago, and provides ROM and kernel developers with a solid development base on which to work. There some problems with ClockworkMod Recovery. It mostly works, but it has shown to be unstable and will reboot randomly. Work is being done to correct it, but for now users should proceed with caution.

For the Init.d support, users thankfully don’t need ClockworkMod recovery. Popfan has provided a nice Windows-only script that will add Init.d support to the Xperia Ion without having to flash it via recovery. After that’s done, users can then use the CPU Editor. The CPU Editor has quite a few nice features, including:

Change CPU Governor
Change CPU Min/Max Frequencies
Apply Settings on Boot – Sticky Mode
Set Dual Core CPU’s Independently – Governor and Frequencies
Force Dual Core – Second Core Online ALL The Time
Seperate Menus For Single and Dual Core Devices – Auto Selects
View Current Settings For Everything
Sticky Mode
OnDemand Profiling
Now uses config file to store values

Even though the Xperia Ion doesn’t have prolific developer support yet, there are some very useful tools for users to play with until more things become available. For more info, check out the CPU Editor thread, the init.d thread, and the CWM thread.



AT&T Sony Xperia Ion now offered for free at Best Buy

Posted by wicked August - 16 - 2012 - Thursday Comments Off

Being released around the same time as the Android juggernaut that was Samsung Galaxy S3, poor Sony Xperia Ion never stood a chance, did it? We don’t think it stopped die-hard Sony fans and early adopters from shelling out between $50 and $100 for the Ion, but thanks to Best Buy, you can now get Sony’s flagship phone for free.

After having sold it for $50 for a couple of months, Best Buy now lets you snag the Sony Xperia Ion 4G for $0. The price is good for new customers and upgraders, and there’s the obligatory two-year contract with AT&T, which starts at $20 per month.

The Xperia Ion has all the makings of a superb phone, but Sony made a blunder by releasing it with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. The same thing can be said about the decision to equip the Ion with a Snapdragon S3 processor. Look past these two features, and the rest of the specs are pretty solid, especially its 4.6-inch HD display with Mobile Bravia Engine and 12MP rear camera with Exmor R technology.

We’re not sure when the promotion ends at Best Buy, so better grab the Xperia Ion for free there while you can.


This article, AT&T Sony Xperia Ion now offered for free at Best Buy , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.



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