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[ROM][T][UB][KK][SONY-UI] NeoWave™ - Z3 style for your Xperia T!

15th September 2014, 04:56 PM |#1  
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Welcome to NeoWave™ rom!



Introduction:
I have always liked the unique Sony UI - but it comes with a big downgrade in terms of performance, at least when using stock roms. So I switched to AOSP.
Faster? Yes. More stable? Yes. But the Holo interface could never impress me. That's why I decided to combine two different worlds - beauty and performance.
Here is the result of more than a hundred hours of compiler flag experiments, intense theming and bugfixing.

Features:
  • Based on stable Omnirom 4.4.4 sources
  • Compiled with Linaro toolchain and O3 flags (highest possible optimization level on Android - you WILL notice a difference!)
  • Odexed and debloated user build
  • Smooth, resource-saving and fast thanks to only 60mb system app size compared to 130mb on pure OmniRom
  • Awesome sound thanks to Viper4Android (check out this website to get to know V4A)
  • Themed to look and feel like the latest Sony firmware, including a complete Z3 framework
  • Switchable accent colors and lots of add-ons for a unique experience! Your phone - your rom - your style!
  • Original Z3 Home and Clock Widgets, Xperia Keyboard and full-featured Walkman
  • Still fully ART-compatible!
In agreement with the GPL, you can find the sources and defconfig used to compile the included kernel right here.

Known Bugs:
Any bug reports are greatly appreciated as I am aiming for a most stable user experience.
However, make sure to include a log or screenshot, as even a very detailed description cannot include all information I need to track the issues down.
  • All known and unknown Omni bugs. (Microphone bug is fixed! )
  • Exchange doesn't work. If you need it anyway, install this app: Link
  • CertInstaller force closes. For a fix, install this app before importing your certificates: Link
  • Z2 style Clock widget doesn't show AM/PM. (Tempoary fix: Select 24 hours time format in settings.)

Installation:
Following the steps below, you accept that I cannot be held responsible for any damage to your device while installing or using this rom.
  • Make sure your bootloader is unlocked - if not, follow this guide: Link
  • Enter recovery
  • Do a factory reset and wipe system partition
  • Flash latest neo-4.4.4-mint.zip
  • Flash latest neo-mint-patch.zip (if any available)
  • Flash "GApps Minimal 4.4.4" and "AOSP Calendar Sync 4.4.4 Addon" packages from here and here
  • Flash latest SuperSU from here: Link
  • Reboot

Updating:
Updating NeoWave to the latest version is as simple as:
  • Flashing the latest rom or patch zip from Downloads section
  • Flashing your add-ons and accent colors again (optional)
  • Rebooting
No need to wipe cache/dalvik cache unless noted otherwise.


Downloads:
  • Get the latest rom zip from here: Link (v1.2.2)

Add-Ons:
In this section you will find ported Xperia apps that are confirmed working by other users.
Please note that I cannot test all of those apps myself, and that I cannot fix any of their bugs. Not everything might be working 100%, so DO A BACKUP before flashing!
Also, make sure to press thanks for the developers that made it possible to run those apps on AOSP.

Maintained by me
  • Z3 Home with no auto-rotation: Link (flash zip in recovery)
  • BlinkFeed compatible with NeoWave's accent colors: Link (flash in recovery)(Big thanks to gakugaku!)

Working on ART
  • Z3 Album: Link (install as normal app)
  • Z2 Movies: Link (install as normal app)
  • Z2 Walkman with changing background color: Link (install the version for Viper4A users)

Not working on ART
DO NOT FLASH when using ART runtime!
You could get a hail of force closes and be unable to use your device without wiping data!
  • Z2 Calendar: Link (remove system/app/Calendar.apk and system/app/Calendar.odex before flashing)

Other nice stuff:
  • Viper4Android Starter Pack: Link (For information on how to use this, check out this page)
  • Holofied TWRP Theme: Link (Really awesome UI, using this one myself)

Credits:
Many thanks to the following people. Without you, this project would not have been possible!
  • Isocadia, peter-k and doenen for beta testing and motivating me to complete the work on this rom.
  • Alx31TLse for helping me with some initial compiling issues.
  • Ambor for his awesome Z2 framework that I used as a base for my work.
  • niaboc79 for his text color fix in Google Account settings.
  • zhuhang and ViPER520 for Viper4Android.
  • vrl13 for that awesome rom name!
  • taaviu for creating the great Sneakpeak video in post #2.
  • RaiLRaZ for testing the initial Xperia T version.
  • solkas for pointing me to a fix for the earphone issue.
  • elb0wf4ce for his microphone fix.

Donations:
A big thanks to the following people for supporting my work with a donation!
  • alexbo - 10$
  • Isocadia - 20$
  • ksigit - 10$
  • Kai K. (Guest) - 15$
  • colonel_lp - 15$
  • Knutselmaaster - 10$
  • peter-k - 5$
  • neofral - 10$
  • vrl13 - 15$

Changelog:
- NEO-1.2.2:
  • Updated Torch to latest OmniRom version, now featuring a "keep screen on" setting!
  • Clock color during Alarm activity will no longer change according to current accent color
  • Fixed the bootloop after initial installation of NeoWave. Was caused by AndroidManifest.xml in framework-res.
  • Please redownload the Sony Blue theme or you might have a bootloop after flashing!
- NEO-1.2.1:
  • Replaced AOSP Camera with a Sony-themed CM11s one
  • Re-created the stock blue framework theme to fix some color issues
  • Updated QuickPic (Album) to latest version from Play Store
  • Updated hosts file
  • Fixed some accent color issues in Xperia Home, Keyboard and Mail Client
  • Fixed a bug in DeskClock where timers would not ring when finished
  • (Hopefully) also fixed the SMS Notification icons
- NEO-1.1.5:
  • Finally fixed the earphone issues!
  • Microphone issue solved as well
  • Fixed checkboxes in SemcEmail not changing colors according to theme
  • Please re-download all accent color add-ons you were using, or you'll face the earphone bug again!
- NEO-1.1.4 (patch):
  • Preparation for switchable accent colors (moved all color-changing images to framework-res)
- NEO-1.1.3:
  • Initial release for Xperia T

If you like my work and want to support me, please hit that thanks button, give some positive feedback or consider a small donation for my efforts.

XDA:DevDB Information
NeoWave, ROM for the Sony Xperia T

Contributors
WhiteNeo
ROM OS Version: 4.4.x KitKat
ROM Kernel: Linux 3.4.x
Based On: OmniRom

Version Information
Status: Stable
Current Stable Version: NEO-1.2.2
Stable Release Date: 2014-10-09

Created 2014-09-15
Last Updated 2015-04-05
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Video:
Here's a video made by taaviu that shows the rom features and user interface. :)
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Accent Colors:
Below you find flashable zip files that change the system accent colors to your liking.
I will provide all stock Z3 accent colors when I find the time to make them.

All accent color zips include a folder called "wallpaper" that includes - guess what.

Working on rom version NEO-1.1.4 and up only!

  • Sony Blue
    Flash this to revert to the default accent color.
    Get it from here!

    .
  • Sony Orange
    Flash this to change the accent color to Z3 orange.
    Get it from here!

    .
  • Sony Red
    Flash this to change the accent color to Z3 red.
    Get it from here!

    .
  • Magic Purple
    This is a free custom accent color sample.
    Get it from here!

    .
  • Abyssal Blue
    A little reward for 1000 thanks!
    Get it from here!

Still missing your favorite color?
Donators of at least 10$ may request their own personal accent color add-on.
You have the choice to share your color with others or keep it for yourself and have a completely unique phone.
Let me know, and I'll add it to this post, along with some thanks for your donation.

Thanks in advance for supporting my hard work on this rom!
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looks great! Thanks
Installing now and looking forward to testing
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nice one!! downloading now!
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looks great! Thanks
Installing now and looking forward to testing

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Originally Posted by PeterGeorgiou

nice one!! downloading now!

Great! Make sure to give some feedback when you tried the rom
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Great! Maske sure to give some feedback when you tried the rom

Your hard work has paid off!! Seriously i have tried all custom + stock roms for the T but nothing has come close to this!
The UI is literally butter smooth with all the goodies of Omni and 4.4.4 but still has the detail and beautifullness of Sony UI.. +1 my friend! keep going!

One small concern..play services was up to 55% when i first installed it..now it's down to 38% but im installing apps etc..hopefully it will die down
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Omnirom microphone bug confirmed: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...6&postcount=13

Let's hope Tilal will fix it and this rom will be one of the best for the future
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Omnirom microphone bug confirmed: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...6&postcount=13

Let's hope Tilal will fix it and this rom will be one of the best for the future

Works fine for me..the other side could hear me loud and clear!
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Works fine for me..the other side could hear me loud and clear!

Glad to hear this.
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