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Android Community Weekly Digest: Dec. 28, 2014

Just because it's holiday season doesn't mean that the mobile world is at a complete standstill. Though many indeed have set their eyes on CES 2015, which is just a few weeks away, some still managed to sneak in a few surprises before the year is over. And, of course, the rumor mill is starting to heat up with stuff to expect early next year. Welcome to the latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from December 22 to December 28, 2014, which also happens to be the last Weekly Digest for this year!

Sony rumored to launch 12+ inch tablet by early 2015

The first half of 2015 is expected to bring out a lot of new gadgets from OEMs, particularly large tablets from Samsung and Apple, if reports are to be believed. Another rumored new tablet to come out will be from Sony, and it will become their largest one so far. It is believed that the new device has already gone into production in order to come out the same time as the other rumored tablets.

Leak shows an insanely powerful Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra

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?

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

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.

Xperia E4 pictures and specs hit the web

The first images of an unreleased Sony Xperia smartphone have leaked on the internet. The device is said to be the Xperia E4 and a handful of images show some details of the smartphone. The device in the image is model number E2105, tipped to be a single SIM version of the smartphone.

Sony Xperia Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra leaked specs revealed

CES is just around the corner so expect more leaked photos, information, and rumors to come up left and right. Few of the products leaked this early are from Sony that will be added to the Xperia line. The company is said to be working on the Xperia Z4 Ultra and Xperia Z4 Compact and will be shown off at next month's biggest tech event in Las Vegas. We know these two won't be the only devices Sony will be showcasing at the CES but they are highly anticipated as the latest flagship units.

Sony releases tutorial vid for unlocking Xperia bootloaders

Unlocking the bootloader is, more often than not, the gateway to squeezing out every bit of functionality from your Android device, specifically via rooting and installing custom ROMs. While not exactly necessary for most users, it has become both tradition and requirement for developers and power users. Trying to endear itself to that crowd as well, Sony has just released a video tutorial that guides users through the process of unlocking an Xperia device's bootloader.
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