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The History of Flagships: Part I – Sony

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

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Every OEM aspiring to conquer the mobile world undoubtedly releases its take on the so-called “flagship device”. Phones or tablets described as flagship are premium-class devices with top hardware specifications and usually run the newest version of the Android OS and their custom UI modifications. Since the initial version of Android, brands like Sony, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola have released quite a few premium devices. We thought it would be a good to take a moment to review some of them and reminisce.

Th202e Xperia line is Sony’s only Android device line. Before this Japanese brand’s smartphones were branded just Sony, it had an agreement with Ericsson that lasted for quite a long time. The first top-tier Android device from Sony Ericsson was the Xperia X10, announced in November 2009 and released four months later. The X10 was shipped with 4” 480×854 capacitive touchscreen, Qualcomm QSD8250 1GHz CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, 384 MB RAM and 1 GB of internal storage. It also boasted a pretty impressive 8 MP camera, Sony’s heavily skinned Timescape/Mediascape UI, and ran Android 1.6 Donut. The X10 was later updated to Android 2.1 Eclair and later, after a long battle with users, to Android 2.3 Gingerbread which was the last OS version released for this phone. Thanks to the FreeXperia Project, now known as FXP, this phone has received quite a few unofficial updates and is still in use by some XDA members. The Xperia X10 was really a beautiful device with useful hardware buttons, a sleek shape, and quite a unique user experience.

xperia-arc-front-side-2_1294280499The X10’s successor was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc announced in January 2011 and released two months later. The Arc was quite similar to its predecessor in that it had a 4.2” screen with the same resolution, slightly updated Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU, 512 RAM and 1 GB of internal storage (from which 320 MB was available for users). Alongside this phone’s release, Sony introduced the Best Resolution Audio Visual Integrated Architecture (BRAVIA) engine. BRAVIA has become a standard in most mid- and high-end phones released by Sony (Ericsson). Xperia Arc was released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and subsequently upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Right before the announcement, the Xperia Arc had been rumored to be called Xperia X12, but the numeration used in previous models (Xperia X2, Xperia X8 etc.) was dropped and replaced by more catchy names for this and future devices. Later in 2011, Sony Ericcson announced the Arc S – a slightly upgraded Arc. Differences were minimal, hence it’s really hard to call that phone a flagship.

XPERIA-S2012 was a very important for Sony. The main company in Japan decided to cut ties with Ericsson and bought out their stake in the company. As a result we had a chance to see the Sony Xperia S, the first Android flagship from Sony Mobile released under the new name. The Xperia S was announced in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with this phone being a huge improvement compared to the Arc. For the first time, Sony’s flagship used a dual core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon CPU with an updated Adreno 220 responsible for the graphics and game performance. Sony packed up 1 GB of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage, which had no option to be expanded with microSD card, and a 720P resolution screen. The Xperia S was released with Android 2.3 (4.0.3 at this time was already available via the Galaxy Nexus, which the S was based on), and Sony officially updated it to Android 4.1.2 before discontinuing firmware support. Previously the Japanese OEM had problems with updating its handsets, even the most premium ones, but the Xperia S differed greatly from previously released flagship Xperia’s. Sony decided to put a transparent LED bar responsible for every notification, charging, etc. The UI of the system was also overhauled and became much similar to their previously used overlay. Sony Xperia S was also able to display its screen on external devices thanks to the microHDMI port which was introduced with Xperia Arc. The Xperia S also set the bar high in terms of openness by an OEM (and as yet unduplicated by any other OEM) when they began their AOSP project.

xperia-t-hero-black-PS-1240x840-98ce69ab97be3f00a8ad5f9c7ed1acb7In August 2012 Sony introduced James Bond’s phone, the Sony Xperia T, the first model from a Japanese OEM to support LTE connectivity (some models). The Xperia T had a 4.55” screen, dual core Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon CPU, Adreno 225 GPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card. Surprisingly Sony decided to drop the LED bar and take a more classical approach of notification handling. The Xperia T was shipped with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and was later upgraded to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Sony had been investigating if the device’s hardware could run Android 4.4 KitKat smoothly but decided not to update the Xperia T, SP and many other handsets to the newest Android revision of that time. This decision was far from reasonable, because those devices had been running bug-free custom ROMs based on KitKat for a long time.

The next flagship smartphone from Sony’s forge was the Sony Xperia Z, the first smartphone from the Z family. Announced at CES 2013 and released on 9 February, it almost instantly became a big hit. The first water-proof Android flagship released by Sony was shipped with a Full HD 5” screen covered by Gorilla Glass, quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, and 2 GB of RAM. The Xperia Z had been initially shipped with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Been but got updates to Android 4.2, 4.3 and finally Android 4.4 KitKat. Android 5.0 Lollipop is standing in the queue and is planned to be launched early next year. The Xperia Z was one of the most impressive phones of early 2013 and was a commercial success for Sony. The handset had a twin brother, the Xperia ZL, which was pretty much the same device but without water and dust resistance. Starting with the Xperia Z, Sony announced that they would release a new flagship device every six months…

… and this is how the Xperia Z1 was announced on 4 September 2013. Once again Sony used top hardware during the production process. The Honami was shipped with 5” Triluminos screen with Gorilla Glass and Full HD resolution with X-Reality Engine, quad-core Snapdagon 800, Adreno 320, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, microSD card slot and a massive 20.7 MP camera, in an aluminum frame to boot. The device is water and dust resistant like its predecessor. It shipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, received updates to 4.4, and now is waiting for Lollipop to be rolled out. Xperia Z1’s firmware introduced a few interesting camera features like Social Live, Info Eye, Timeshift-burst, AR Effect, Creative Effect, Sweep Panorama, AR Fun, Time Lapse, background defocus and more. The device was also released in a smaller variant, the Z1 Compact, which was “only” 4.3”.

In April 2014, we had the pleasure to see the release of the Xperia Z2 codenamed Sirius. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 is water and dust proof with an IP rating of IP55 and IP58. The phone features a new display (measuring a whopping 0.2″ bigger than the Z1) , a Snapdragon 801 CPU and the ability to record 4K videos. Sony used the newest Adreno 330, 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage expandable with SD card. The Z2 was the official smartphone of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and in some countries was sold with a Sony SmartBand. Overall, the Z2 wasn’t a big improvement over the Z1, though battery life was noticeably better.

The latest flagship of Sony is the Xperia Z3 unveiled on September 2014. For the second time, Sony decided to release a flagship model in two different sizes: The Z3 with a 5.2-inch screen, while the Z3 Compact is “only” 4.6 inches. The hardware specs for the Z3 are pretty much the same as the Xperia Z2, making the newest Xperia just a minor upgrade over its predecessor(s). It’s still a good phone and if you’re looking for a high end device, you should definitely consider getting this smartphone.

In addition to smartphones, Sony has also released four tablets that could be considered flagship-level. The first was unveiled in August 2012 (alongside the Xperia T premiere). The Sony Xperia Tablet S was given a 9.4” screen, quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and came in different versions with 16/32/64 gigs of internal storage that were also expandable with a microSD card. The tablet shipped with Android 4.0.3 and was upgraded to Android 4.1 few months later.

Threxperia-tablet-z-hero-black-PS-1280x840-9762f55e0dbb3b157c916273ac31b015e other tablets were released as part of Xperia Z family. The Xperia Tablet Z was launched in May 2013 and had a screen that was slightly bigger than its predecessor at 10.1″. The Tablet Z display resolution was 1280 x 1920 resolution and had the same hardware specification as the Xperia Z. The only difference between the devices were the camera and an optional 32 GB model.

The next tablet in Sony’s arsenal was the Xperia Z2 Tablet. It was made available in two variants, LTE and Wi-Fi, and once again the hardware used in the tab matched the one from phone. The screen and camera were the same as those from the Tablet Z.

The most recent tablet from Sony is the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Other than the extraordinarily long name and very similar specs to the Xperia Z2 tablet, this tablet has a 8” screen and is IP68 certified, so you can watch your favorite cat movies under the water.

As we have seen, Sony has a long and quite successful line of devices. Prior to the Xperia Z line, it was pretty exciting when developers discovered how to crack the bootloader, root the device, and do other things with the 2009/2010 devices. Since the release of the Xperia Z, the line has become pretty stagnant with iterative releases and we shouldn’t expect doubled CPU speed and tripled performance on each successive generation. In fact, it’s very difficult for OEMs to produce a device that will bring something fresh to the Android world, as we’ve seen most things before. Sony is one of these OEMs that now cares about developers by giving the ability to unlock the bootloader and provide the required kernel source code for its devices. It’s also worth mentioning that XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea is the same person who was hacking the Qualcomm libraries back in the X10 days.

In the next episodes of our nostalgic journey we will focus on the biggest Android OEM, Samsung. Stay tuned!

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Download official Xperia firmware with XperiFirm

Posted by wicked August - 4 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

With the demise of the Sony Update Service software, it seemed that all Sony Xperia handset users were doomed to use PC Companion, which is now Sony’s only recommended software for getting firmware updates. So it is relatively a good thing that software like XDA Senior Member IaguCool’s XperiFirm is available for when you want to get the current firmware for your Xperia device officially from Sony servers without hassle.

Official interface software tend to be bloated with features that consumers won’t normally use, and for one, that equates to a pretty heavy download and installation that you wouldn’t normally acquiesce to (but then you have to). That is unfortunately the case with Sony’s PC Companion, and that was why the SUS software was so famous with Xperia users, until recently when Sony announced that it was killing off support for that specific software.

XperiFirm was developed not really in SUS’s mold, but certainly in the spirit of giving Sony and Sony-Ericsson device users a hassle free search for current firmware. XperiFirm searches Sony’s online servers for the latest firmware available, and only the ones that exist on Sony’s servers. From there, users can pick which one they want and download it through the app, and then decrypt it to output an easily usable FTF file (Xperia users should be familiar with this).

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There is more information about the app from its original XDA thread here. Initially, the app requires that your PC be running Java Runtime Environment and Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or better. Look for the download link via the source link below, and also check the original XDA theread if you have any questions.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Sony unveils the Sony Xperia T flagship smartphone

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

Today, at IFA, Sony unveiled three new smartphones, each for a certain price range and category: Sony Xperia T, Sony Xperia V, and Sony Xperia J. Out of these three, the Sony Xperia T  (Sony LT30) is the high-end flagship device. Let’s see what we can get with this phone.

As far as specs go, we get a dual core 1.5 Ghz S4 processor, the same one that is available in the HTC One X and the Galaxy S3 in the US, a 13 MP camera with an Exmor R sensor, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, a 4.6″ display with an HD 1280×720 resolution, 16 GB of storage, microSD expansion, MHL connectivity, and a 1,850mAh battery.

The specs look good, especially the camera, but Sony has yet to release a phone with a cutting-edge processor. So I’m hoping for another flagship by the end of the year (perhaps the Xperia S successor?) to come out at least with S4 Pro, like LG’s upcoming flagship.

As far as software goes, they also seem to fall behind a little, launching it with Android 4.0, considering the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sony promises the Jelly Bean upgrade will be available shortly after the phone’s launch, but we would’ve been a lot more impressed if it came directly with it.

Sony’s skin doesn’t seem to be too deep, with slight customizations and some custom apps of their own, so it shouldn’t be too hard to upgrade from ICS to Jelly Bean. Here’s hoping that the upgrade will arrive weeks and not months after the phone’s release.

I think Sony is making some very solid phones lately, and they could easily make a  Nexus phone, especially with Google’s guidance. It’s actually something I’d like to see, because of Sony’s more unique designs compared to everyone else (although they are starting to use them a little too often), because of their cameras, which I think are the best on the market as fast as “normal” phone cameras go, and their high-quality sound, thanks to their Walkman history.

It’s important to note that Sony also announced a Sony Xperia TX variant (Sony LT29) that has mostly the same specs, but with a dual core S3 processor instead. The TX comes in pink, and it will be available in some specific markets.

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Sony Mobile to layoff 1,000 employees over next two years

Posted by wicked August - 23 - 2012 - Thursday Comments Off

Dark days are ahead for some folks working at Sony Mobile, as today the Japanese company announced plans to layoff a total of 1,000 workers. Sony Mobile, as many of you will remember, was once the struggling Sony Ericsson, until Sony bought the company out earlier this year $1.3 billion. It sounds like Sony is having a difficult time getting the mobile division back on its feet, as it will have let 1,000 employees go by the time March 2014 rolls around.


Around 650 of these 1,000 layoffs will happen at its mobile plant in Lund, Sweden, with the remainder of the layoffs affecting the company’s Swedish consultants. There is a bit of good news in that the Lund plant won’t be shutting down, but that will be little consolation to those losing their jobs.

Along with this round of layoffs comes some restructuring as well. Sony Mobile is getting ready to move its corporate headquarters from Lund to Tokyo, and will be doing so in October. The announcement of these layoffs comes after Sony cut its operating profit forecast for 2012/2013, which is just the latest in a long line of financial hits the company has taken recently.

Sony Mobile isn’t the only division within Sony that’s struggling to make a buck. Sony president Kazuo Hirai – who was promoted to the position earlier this year after serving as Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment – has a lot of work ahead of him, and unfortunately it seems that the company wasn’t able to avoid cutbacks in some areas. Keep it tuned to Android Community for more information, as we’ll update you if any new details about Sony Mobile surface.

[via SlashGear]



Xperia Ion Review – $100 4G LTE Android smartphone with 12 megapixel camera on AT&T

Posted by wicked August - 3 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

Xperia Ion Review – $100 4G LTE Android smartphone with 12 megapixel camera on AT&T
Xperia Ion comes exclusively to AT&T’s 4G LTE network and is Sony’s first LTE smartphone. For $100 bucks on contract, you get a software and hardware feature-packed phone; including the highest 12.1 megapixel camera, 1.5 Ghz dual core processor, HDMI-out and media galore, but it ships with an older version of Android. Is that caveat [...]

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Sony Xperia Arc and Neo officially updated to ICS

Posted by wicked May - 29 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off

“Enough with the betas already,” said the international hardware giant, “they’re ready for the real thing.” Xperia Blog reports that Sony is rolling out the final version of its Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo phones, free for the asking for anyone who prefers up-to-date software. Sony had already updated the Arc S, Neo V, Ray and the Tablet S. The rest of the 2011 Xperia line, with the notable and disappointing exception of the Xperia PLAY, will be updated later.

Sony is taking a unique approach to its Android 4.0.4 updates, probably due to its habit of releasing more unlocked models in the Americas than other companies. Instead of over-the-air updates, Xperia owners will need to download installation files directly from Sony, then install the update via their PC. There’s still something of a rollout process – individual phones will be updated in batches, identified by the SI numbers on the back of their phones. Xperia Arc owners can check here, and Neo owners can check here.

Despite the Xperia PLAY debacle (and that’s quite a big thing to get past if you’re an Xperia PLAY owner), Sony has been refreshingly up-front with its intentions for upgrades. The beta program in particular is something we’ve rarely seen from manufacturers, though we’d certainly like to see more of it. Those who aren’t fans of Sony’s software are always free to root and mod their phones, as none of the devices have a locked bootloader.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : XPERIA Arc
    Manufactuer : Sony
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : January 06, 2011
    Release Date : March 21, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.20 Inch
  • Resolution : 480×854
  • Screen Type : TFT
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 4.92 Inch
  • Width : 2.48 Inch
  • Depth : 0.34 Inch
  • Weight : 117 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1500 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 430 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Qualcomm MSM8255
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 1
    Ram : 512 MB
    Internal Storage : .512 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8.1 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 2.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


[via Phandroid]



Sony confirms: no Ice Cream Sandwich for the Xperia PLAY

Posted by wicked May - 25 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

Android gamers, I’ve got some bad news for you: that issue earlier this week that saw the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY removed from Sony’s Ice Cream Sandwich update list has been confirmed. In a press statement today, Sony said that they were opting not to release a final Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, on the basis that a stable experience for both phone functions and gaming cannot be achieved on the older hardware.

Here’s Sony’s official statement:

In regards to Xperia PLAY, after extensive in house testing with our developer teams and working with our partners, we have concluded that a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone on Ice Cream Sandwich – therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia PLAY.

This decision was also verified when we received similar feedback from the developer community; both experienced developers and advanced users, along with game content providers following our ICS beta ROM for unlocked Xperia PLAY smartphones.

Sony reached the decision after carefully monitoring feedback from the Beta Android 4.0 ROM that they made freely available to developers and other root users. Their claim of issues is backed up by independent reports. The combination of the Xperia PLAY‘s rather unique input hardware and Ice Cream Sandwich seems to cause some serious issues with games that don’t present a challenge for the more stable Gingerbread build.

Sony reaffirmed its commitment to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the other members of the 2011 Xperia line. Those of you who aren’t satisfied can still try the beta ROM, or opt for one of the Ice Cream Sandwich builds floating around the mod community, many of which are based on Android Open Source Project code. So, Sony, when are we getting an Xperia PLAY 2, huh?

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : XPERIA Play
    Manufactuer : Sony
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : February 13, 2011
    Release Date : April 01, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.00 Inch
  • Resolution : 480×854
  • Screen Type : TFT
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 4.69 Inch
  • Width : 2.44 Inch
  • Depth : 0.63 Inch
  • Weight : 175 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1500 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 425 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Snapdragon
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 1
    Ram : 512 MB
    Internal Storage : .4 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 2.0
    Location Features:
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :




Sony announces Ice Cream Sandwich delays – no OTA updates either

Posted by wicked March - 30 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

Sony’s been uncharacteristically forthcoming when it comes to their plans on updating phones to Ice Cream Sandwich. The manufacturer committed to updating all of its 2011 Xperia phones to Android 4.0, a promise it’s already starting to make good on with ICS betas for The Xperia Play and others. Unfortunately, it looks like users will have to wait a little longer than they’d previously thought. Sony said in December that the first updated phones would be the Xperia Arc S , Neo V and Ray would be getting official updates in March, but they’ve bumped them back to mid-April. No word on the rest of the Xperia line, previously said to be updated in April or May.

In addition, Sony said that they won’t be sending out any updates over the air, as most Android manufacturers do in conjunction with mobile carriers. If you want an Ice Cream Sandwich update (when it becomes available), you’ll need to download it directly from Sony’s website and install it via their desktop clients, PC Companion and Bridge for OSX users. Sony says that they want to make sure customers make an informed decision before the major upgrade.

As unconventional as this approach is, I kind of dig it. One, anyone who’s Android-savvy enough to want Ice Cream Sandwich will be more than willing to put in a little legwork on their computer. And two, this may well get updates into the hands of consumers faster, helping to solve a problem that plagues the mobile platform. Who knows, maybe Sony can even skirt around US carriers, who almost always delay updates by a significant factor when compared to international contract-free phones.

If you’ve got an Xperia Play, Arc S , Neo V or Ray, you can download a beta ROM of Ice Cream Sandwich right now and avoid the wait (so long as you’re not particularly attached to your warranty). Everyone else should be getting  their updates in less than two months… we hope. Kudos to Sony for keeping us informed, at least.

[via PocketNow]



Customize Walkman Button on Some Xperia Devices

Posted by wicked March - 10 - 2012 - Saturday Comments Off

One of the more fun modifications out there is changing the hardware or capacitive buttons to something else. Mods exist that turn the search capacitive key into a camera button for some devices, for example. For those out there with Sony Ericsson Xperia devices with a Walkman button, you are now among those that can have those mods.

XDA Forum Member kenny313 has figured out the file that would be needed in order to modify the Walkman button to change it into a search button. From there, it is possible to change it to open pretty much any application or use any phone function that the user chooses. The file is called pm8058-keypad.kl, and you’ll need your favorite root file manager application to find it and edit it. However, once in the file, it’s a matter of changing a couple of lines of code to make it do what you will. As kenny313 says:

VENDOR_1 is used to tell android which action the key will take
so if we change VENDOR_1 to SEARCH wolkman key will be recognized as a SEARCH key.

After changing the code, it’s a simple matter of rebooting to make everything take effect. From there you can change it to practically anything you can think of as long as you know the code to use.

For those who want to change their Walkman buttons, head on over to the original thread for full instructions on how to do it and a rather long list of applications and commands you can set the Walkman button to. Be sure to make a backup before attempting, just in case.



Sony Xperia S Unboxing Vids and Leaked Promo [Videos]

Posted by wicked February - 21 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off

Sony has completed the Sony Ericsson buyout, and with that, changes are coming to the new Sony Mobile Communications. For example, new devices like the Xperia Ion and the Xperia S, will no longer carry the Ericsson name. The Xperia S is not supposed to be available until sometime in March, but new unboxing videos, and a leaked promo video, have surfaced for those of you waiting. The first thing you will notice is the change in packaging style, which is now wider and thinner than before.

There is still some Sony Ericsson branding found inside the box, with the cables, chargers, and paperwork, but it makes sense that Sony is simply using up their old inventory.

Also from these videos, we get to see glimpses of what the Sony user interface looks like. They’re calling their custom skin UXP NXT, which I presume is supposed to stand for “User eXPerience NeXT”, alluding that this is the next evolution of their UI. Noticeable changes include the gallery, media player, and overall feel of the user interface.

The Xperia S, which features an anti-stain coating and fast charging, will also include an interesting feature called Fast Capture, which you can see in the second video below. By holding the physical camera button down while the phone is asleep, the camera app is launched and a photo is taken in under two seconds. Pretty nice.

So if you’re waiting for the launch of Sony’s first Android phone without the Ericsson name, watch the videos below to get your fix. March is not very far away!

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source: androidandme



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