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Instagram Mod Adds Xperia Theme Support

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

Instagram Xperia Theme Mod

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.


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

Z3 Smart Social Camera Port

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


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.



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:

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

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Android 4.4.4 updates rolling out to Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Z Tablet

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you’re looking for the latest KitKat love on your older Xperia Z device(s), you’ll be happy to know that Sony is about to hook you up. Sony has now confirmed Android 4.4.4 is rolling out to the Xperia Z, Xperia Tablet Z, the ZL and the ZR.

So what’s new here, aside from 4.4.4? In their official Twitter response, Sony mentions bug fixes, battery, wifi and email improvements. More specifically, Sony has also included a changelog for the Xperia Z:

  • Upgrade to Android 4.4.4
  • Better battery performance in some background applications
  • Email stability & performance enhanced
  • General improvements to MMS, Calendar, Wifi, Contacts & More
  • All of our latest bug fixes and enhancements

The new update brings you up-to-date with the latest (fully released) version of Android, but it’s still missing quite a bit of the Xperia Z3’s upgraded experience. If you want to get a step closer to the Z3 ‘feel’, you might also want to check out the recent port of the Xperia Z3 launcher, which is compatible with this update and any older Xperia with at least Android 4.2 or higher.

For those that have received the latest KitKat update, what do you think, any noticeable changes or is the experience feel about the same as always?

Source: Xperia Blog;

Sony Style Cover SCR24 is a smart case for the Xperia Z3

Posted by wicked September - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

After the Samsung S View Flip cover and the LG QuickCircle case, here comes Sony with the Style Cover SCR24 for the recently announced Xperia Z3. This is a special smartphone cover by the brand that features a smart window function for quick access to basic phone functions. No need to flip open the cover as the smart window can display some of the apps commonly used.

The Sony Style Cover SCR24 makes use of NFC and a magnetic sensor to select and determine the smart window apps and widgets you want to see. You can start the camera, read or message, or control music right on the smart window. The sensor determines if the case is open or closed, responding to whatever action is requested.


What’s so good about this particular smart cover for the latest Sony Android phone is that the case has access to all the major ports. The magnetic charging pins are accessible so no need to take the cover off completely when you need to charge the phone. This one is also ideal to use with the DK48 Magnetic Charging Dock so go ahead and dock the Xperia Z3 easily.

Sony Style Cover SCR24 will come in four different colors: Turquoise, Copper, White, and Black. Sony plans to bring the cover just in time for the Xperia Z3 release before end of September. Unfortunately, no word on pricing yet.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Learn How to Remove the Call Log Limit on Your Sony Xperia Device

Posted by wicked September - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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If you’re one of those people who makes just an inordinately large number of phone calls (and kudos to you for using a phone for its defining function), you may have noticed that the call log on your Android device is limited to 500 calls. For the majority of people, this wouldn’t be an issue at all, but if you are one of the few people who actually wants to know the details beyond your past 500 calls, or if you’re simply up to try something new, there’s a tutorial that teaches you how to remove this limit.

Written by XDA Forum Member pollob666, the tutorial teaches you just exactly where in the code this restriction is found, and what you need to do to change or remove it. It’s a rather simple process requiring the decompilation of framework.jar and some smali editing. This has been tested to work on the Sony Xperia V and TX, running either the official ROM or OmniROM, although because of its simplicity, other ROMs and devices, both Xperia or non-Xperia may work as well. Be sure however, to make a backup in case things happen to go wrong.

This function can also be achieved via an Xposed Module, but it’s never a bad thing to take the manual way of modding, especially for those just learning the ropes. If you are interested in giving this a crack, head over to the call log limit removal tutorial thread for more information.

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Sony Xperia E3 is an affordable and well equipped smartphone

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Together with the flagship Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, Sony has just announced the new Xperia E3 at IFA 2014. It aims to sell the Xperia E3 with an affordable price tag, but without compromised any necessary features you will need in a smartphone.

You might still remember that Sony Xperia E1 was only announced early this year in January. There is no Xperia E2, even though there were some rumors, and the company already prepares to launch the E3 eight months after the E1. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.4 KitKat, the Xperia E3 fits your hand nicely with a 4.5-inch WVGA (854 x 480 pixels) display.

The built in 1GB RAM is good enough for normal usage, though, the 4GB internal storage might be not enough for some as net free storage space will be even lesser than 4GB. Fortunately, there is a microSD card slot to at least keeping your music files.


Although the Xperia E3 is said to be an entry level smartphone, it has a 5 megapixel camera that can do 1080p video recording. The build in camera app also brings you various useful mode like HDR, Timeshift burst and AR effect. It is not sure if Sony managed to work around to bypass the Android KitKat restriction to save your photos in microSD card instead of using the precious 4GB internal storage.

Connectivity wise, Xperia E3 comes with WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0. It will comes in four variants (D2203/D2206/D2243/D2202) for different 3G / LTE bands. D2202 is the only model that does not have LTE network support.

Sony did not reveal the retail price of Xperia E3 yet, it should be launched later this year, together with a Xperia E3 Dual model (dual SIM card slot).

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