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Leak shows an insanely powerful Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Of course, we can say right off the bat that as with all leaks, it will be difficult to verify if this is indeed true – that is the nature of all leaks. But the purported specs of the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra has just leaked and it’s showing us an insanely robust tablet, something that would blow away current competition. But is it in the “too good to be true” category?

Chinese site PadNews has the screen of the new Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra at 12.9 inches. For comparison, that’s even larger than the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Samsung’s biggest Galaxy Pro model. The leak says that it will be a 3840×2400 Triluminos screen, that’s already 4K resolution, but not just. It will have a pixel count higher than the Retina screen of the newest MacBook Pro, and promptly beats most of the 4K laptop screens out there.

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But if you think that the size of the rumored tablet is all there is, you’re in for a ride. It will be powered by an octa-core, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, along with a whopping 6GB of RAM. It’s purportedly sporting 64GB of internal storage, an HDMI-out port, support for PS4 Remote Play (one would hope that with specs like this, it would be) and Sony’s Hi-Res Audio file format.

With specs like that, you’d hope it will have a kickass battery – and at least the list proves it could have it, a 12,100mAh battery never before seen on devices of this class. So is it true? Again, your guess is as good as ours. Remember that Sony has an event planned in January at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas, where the Xperia Z4 line is rumored to be launched. Our advice, don’t get your hopes up too much, ok?

VIA: PadNews

Sony adds AOSP support to all 2014 Qualcomm-based Xperia units

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Sony is one of those manufacturers who seem to have found a groove in balancing their support for after-market software for their devices and continuing to encourage those who are part of the community who tweak the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) for their Sony devices. Because of this commitment, Sony has even now made AOSP support official for all Qualcomm-based Xperia devices released in 2014. Pretty nifty.

This means that AOSP support is now available for the Sony Xperia E3 and the Xperia T3, adding to the devices earlier supported – the Xperia M2 and the Xperia T2 Ultra. Sony also announced that they have updated the source code for the latter two units to give them stability improvements.

What does this mean? Well, if you’re not familiar with the AOSP community, then here it is – it means that the source code Sony is providing (as downloadable binaries) can now be used by developers and enthusiasts as a base for developing their own ROMs – that is, their version of Android.

Check out the AOSP announcement here at this link. Also, you can go directly to the download of the binaries here. If you want more information on Sony’s AOSP support, click here.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Bring Back Jelly Bean Quick Toggles to Your KitKat Xperia ROM

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Newer doesn’t always mean better. This fits the Android OS perfectly with regards to some solutions that are in fact less polished than their older counterparts. For many, the quick settings toggles used in stock Jelly Bean ROMs for Sony Xperia phones were ideal, since they were available right after pulling down the notification bar. In KitKat, these toggles were moved to the separate tab, making access a bit more cumbersome.

With some willingness and a bit of free time, you can easily bring back the Jelly Bean-style quick settings toggles to your KitKat Xperia ROM. XDA Senior Member anagramgenius wrote a guide in which the whole process is explained in detail. The method demonstrated by anagramgenius uses Apktool and any text editor. If you have them, you are good to go!

Right after decompiling the SystemUI of your ROM, you need to edit a few of XMLs and compile the file back. Not a single line in Smali is changed, so you don’t have to be afraid of those nasty build errors. The whole process should take no longer than 10 minutes and the result is spectacular. You will re-gain the quick access to your most favorite settings which will come back right where they belong.

Learn more about the modding by visiting the JB style quick settings for KitKat forum thread.

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Sony updates Walkman, Movie Creator apps

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Sony has just updated two major apps for Android. The WALKMAN app finally brings support for the Android Wear platform while the Movie Creator brings the manual creation feature.

The updated WALKMAN app (build 8.5.A.0.6) now allows music playback and control right from an Android Wear device. This means you can now play, pause, or stop a song playing from your smartwatch or any other compatible device running Android Wear, specifically the Sony SmartWatch. Downloading playlist to your Android Wear gadget is now also possible with the app update.

You can download the Walkman app update from HERE. File size is 15MB.

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The Sony Movie Creator app also received some changes in the build. From 2.1.A.0.7 it’s now 2.2.A.0.8. Total file size is only 8.7Mb and this already includes manual creation of movies. Click on the “Create” button found in the “Coming soon” page on your Sony Xperia phones.

The Movie Creator app makes short 30-second films of photos and videos stored on the Xperia camera. It’s an automatic movie maker that simply uses your snapshots together. This way, you don’t have to sort or cut clips because the app itself can do the job for you.

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VIA: Xperia Blog (1), (2)

Android 5.0 Lollipop Factory Images and Source Code – XDA TV

Posted by wicked November - 7 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Android 5.0 Lollipop source code is fully available to build! 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 Sony bringing Lollipop to the Sony Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3 and be sure the check out the article talking about Chainfire rooting the Google Nexus 9. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for ChromePie. Then TK did a review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. And later TK gave us an Android App Review of Nova Launcher. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

Links to stories mentioned:

Check out Jordan’s YouTube Channel and Jordan’s Gaming YouTube Channel

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Add Emoji Support to Your Jelly Bean Xperia Device

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Full emoji support was implemented in KitKat. It’s clear that not every device, even with a proper hardware configuration, received an update to this OS. Thus, emoji has been impossible for many to use fully.

Luckily, the community can find a solution for almost everything, and we have seen it so many times through the years. The same applies to emoji on Jelly Bean ROMs. Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer niaboc79, users can send emoji smileys on Sony devices with Android 4.1.2 and newer. To make this possible, the famous APKTool and a bit of Smali editing is required.

To apply the changes, you need to decompile the Xperia Keyboard and add a few lines of Smali code that has been provided by niaboc79. The whole process shouldn’t take you too long and you should be able to use your modified keyboard back in just few minutes. In order to make it work, your device must be rooted, otherwise you won’t be able to push the keyboard back to /system partition.

You can find the guide by visiting the How to add Emoji support to Xperia Keyboards thread. Described method should work with majority of currently available Sony Xperia phones, so don’t hesitate to give this method a shot if you own one of those.

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Test Your Apps on a Sony Device with Remote Device Lab

Posted by wicked October - 11 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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When you are developing an app or game, it’s always better to test it on physical hardware rather than an emulator. Phones and tablets are optimized to bring the best ARM or x86 experience, and just generally work much better than software images. We don’t have to say how expensive a device can be and how difficult is to get one for testing.

One of the major OEMs, Sony, has decided to put an end of this rather uncomfortable situation. The company decided to give its users the option to test applications directly on Sony devices via the Internet. It’s very handy way of testing. Users can select among various Sony flagship devices and start them virtually. One session takes 30 minutes, so you need to hurry.

A few requirements have to be met in order to get access: Remote Device Lab requires relatively new versions of Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer. Java also has to be installed as well (it doesn’t work with Open JDK). Last but not the least, you (obviously) need a fast Internet connection capable of streaming the video feed from the device. Remember to use the device wisely, otherwise Sony has a right to block access to users abusing the service.

Head over to the Remote Device Lab to get started, or read more about the service on the Remote Device Lab FAQ page.

[Thanks to XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea for letting us all know about this program!]

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Sony announces Z3, Z3v for T-Mobile, Verizon

Posted by wicked October - 9 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Today, Sony has offically unveiled their Xperia Z3 smartphone to the world. The natural iteration in their flagship lineup, the Xperia Z3 has at least one unique thing going for it. Sony will be bringing their handset to T-Mobile, which is something they’ve been doing for some time. We’re used to that, but with the Xperia Z3, Sony has figured out carriers a bit better, and will truck a variant over to Verizon, too. That Verizon model will also have one unique feature the other won’t.


Sony’s Xperia Z3v — the Verizon model — has Qi wireless charging built in. That will make it slightly larger than the T-Mobile version, but not by much. Aside from that, the spec sheet is identical:

Display: 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920, 442ppi
Processor: Snapdragon 801
GPU: Adreno 330
Battery: 3100 mAh
RAM: 3GB
Memory: 16 or 32GB, expandable via micro SD up to 128GB
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth: 4.0
NFC: It’s there
Camera: 20.7 MP, 1/2.3” sensor
Video: 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps, HDR, 2160p at 30fps

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The Xperia Z3 is also IP68 certified, making it water resistant to about one meter for 30 minutes. Great for a quick dip under water, but not one you’ll take on a dive.

The Xperia Z3 will launch on October 23 via both carriers, and will likely sit right around $199 with a two-year subsidy for Verizon. The T-Mobile unlocked pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

Xperia Transfer Mobile app updated for more speed

Posted by wicked October - 3 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Sony wants to make it easy for fans of Xperia smartphones to transfer their data from other devices running Android or iOS to a new Sony device. To facilitate the easy transfer, Sony has updated its Xperia Transfer Mobile app to get your data from your old phone to the new phone quickly.

The app was updated this month and the update brought with it some very important changes. The most important of those changes is that data transfer is up to 20x faster from Android devices and up to 2x faster from iOS devices when using the Xperia Transfer Cable.

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The updated app now supports iOS 8 transfers when using a cable; WiFi isn’t supported for Apple’s latest OS. The user interface of the app was also reworked to make it easier to use. Sony’s app is 11MB in size and has up to 500,000 installs. The Android app requires Android 4.0 or higher.

Sony Xperia Mobile Transfer is able to transfer just about any data you have stored on your old iPhone. It can transfer your contacts, calendar, texts, MMS, bookmarks, notes, photos, music, video, documents, and apps form an iPhone. Check out the video to learn more about the app.

SOURCE: Google Play

Instagram Mod Adds Xperia Theme Support

Posted by wicked September - 27 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Opinions, while tremendously important, are subjective in nature. To each his own is how the saying goes. And without a doubt, subjective opinions apply to everything, including our beloved OEM skins. Yes, despite the myth, AOSP isn’t inline with every individuals preferences, and numerous people opt to stick with their OEM skin, be it TouchWiz, Sense or any other. While the former is oft marveled for its battery life and the latter for features like BlinkFeed, Sony’s Xperia UI boasts a skinnable operating system, allowing third party skins to complement the already fine samples that come inbuilt. The only predicament is that the theme is only evident while using Sony’s apps, since most third party apps use their own styles.

XDA Senior Member KuaQ recently released a mod for one of the most popular apps out there, Instagram, that uses the system theme within the app too. The mod is just an edited APK, identical to the official, save for the theme edits. Thus, it successfully manages to maintain the original experience while increasing the consistency with the rest of the OS. It works on all Sony devices running Jelly Bean or higher, and setting it up is as simple as uninstalling the original app and installing the modded one.

Head over to the Instagram Xperia mod thread to get started with your new Instagram experience, enriched with system accents.

 

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