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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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Sony Xperia Z3 may launch this October 9 in the US

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

We’re not certain what Sony exactly has in mind but we know the Xperia Z3 is coming to the United States very soon. T-Mobile will be carrying the Android smartphone but who knows if Sony has partnered with more mobile carriers this time.

So far, we know that the Xperia Z3 has hit pre-order in the UK at the Carphone Warehouse. It’s been teased many times together with the Xperia Z3 Tablet too. There’s also the Sony Style Cover SCR24, a smart case for the smartphone being prepared by Sony. We also learned about the four new camera apps coming with the phone. And the best news of all, being benchmarked and getting ranked beside the Xperia Z2 and Galaxy S5 on top of the DxOMark list.

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The company is holding an event on October 9, Thursday, 1:30pm. Not much details have been given but the event is a day after HTC’s. Coincidence? I don’t think so. The Xperia Z3′s arrival in the US has long been impending so this is good news.

I wonder what the “Demand great ” tagline means. The Xperia Z3 is said to be a high-end phone. If it’s being advertised as such, then yeah, people would really demand great from this phone. Let’s just wait and see.

VIA: SlashGear

Xperia Z3 Smart Social Camera Ported to Other Sony Devices

Posted by wicked September - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Ever since the release of the Sony Xperia Z1, one particularly vaunted feature of Sony devices has been the “Smart Social Camera” software. While the app was initially exclusive to the Z1, it made its way to numerous other Sony devices with the Android 4.3 update. With the launch of Sony’s Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014, the Smart Social Camera was revamped and given numerous new features to enhance the device’s photo and video capturing experience. But with the launch merely a fortnight ago, the app remains exclusive to the Z3 for now, with its fate uncertain regarding whether older Xperias will also partake in the update.

However, XDA Recognized Themer xperiaz2 has a fix for this quandary in the form of his port of the Smart Social Camera, which is compatible with a large number of Xperias running Jellybean or KitKat. Due to the common framework shared by the devices, the port doesn’t compromise on any of the features, packing all the original features such as Face In and AR Fun. The port is relatively simple to install and comes packaged as a flashable zip, allowing you to enjoy it without a time consuming process.

Head over to the Z3 Smart Social Camera Port Thread to get started with the Z3 camera experience and its unique AR features.

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Sony Mobile is now set to only manufacture high-end smartphones

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The past few months have been somewhat difficult for Sony, to say the least. Following a successful launch of not one, but three Xperia-branded smartphones in 2013, the Japanese company is now facing a serious loss in profit.

As a result, the firm has cut the amount of skilled workers it employs by 15% and adjusted operational strategies to primarily focus on the development of high-end smartphones, in order to seek financial gain rather than the global market share.

The sales performance for Sony Mobile high-end smartphones in the US, China and Europe markets have not been good, while sales of entry-level and mid-range models in emerging markets are lacking as well due to less competitive performance-price ratios than models launched by China-based vendors,” writes an industry insider in an exclusive interview with Digitimes.

Sony has held a sturdy position as one of the top 10 most successful smartphone manufacturers for the past two years now. However, its latest performance could see it, unfortunately, drop down the list into the top 20.

This is relatively similar to the situation HTC found itself in back in July, 2013, but thankfully the multinational corporation managed to get itself back on track with the launch of its latest flagship, the One M8, and we hope Sony will do the same too with its upcoming Xperia Z4.

Source: Digitimes

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Sony PS4 Remote Play feature now ported to Android

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The rationale behind the Sony’s PS4 Remote Play feature was that the user would be able to play his PS4 games anywhere, provided that the place had a decent enough WiFi connection or LTE coverage. But more than that, said user had to own a Sony Xperia Z3 to be able to use the feature as it was only released to the current Sony Xperia flagship. Of course, the good people at XDA won’t let that get in their way.

Recently, XDA forum member “XperiaPlaystation” ported the unique feature so that it could be used by all Xperia devices. Now the developer has seemingly one-upped himself as he has ported the feature to any device running Android 4.0 and higher. That should be great news to anyone who owns a PS4 and a mid to high-end LTE capable smartphone.

The hack involves flashing a ZIP file which the developer has provided – that means your phone has to have a custom recovery (CWM is recommended). The developer has also provided an APK installer of the official PlayStation app. With a few steps in the recovery – such as wiping the cache and doing a reboot – you should be good to go.

We always warn people that with these kinds of tweaks, something might go wrong and it is always good to have a good solid backup to return to. Is this something you’re willing to do on your Android device? Check out the official XDA forum thread here for complete instructions. Then tell us about it in the comments section when you do.

SOURCE: XDA

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Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z receive their official Android 4.4.4 update! 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 MultiROM being ported to the Sony Xperia Z and the OnePlus One, and be sure the check out the article talking about removing the Band Restrictions from various Qualcomm devices. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Xposed Macro Expand. Then, rirozizo showed you how to flash factory Images on your Nexus device. And later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Narrate. Pull up a chair and check out this video.


Links to stories mentioned:

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