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dagrim1

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Rooting doesn't seem to be possible, here and there there are stories of people rooting it but this was either on a very early firmware or has never been confirmed. Blueborn (exploit through bluetooth) seemed to have worked for a while but I actually checked yesterday and this exploit is fixed in nougat so that's not an option anymore either.

About the pkg files, out of luck as well afaik...

There's just not as much development with (sony) androidtv unfortunately because the audience is way smaller and the risk way heigher...
 

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Hello!

Sony TVs have such a limited selection of apps, however, some sideloaded apps work... one that I am trying says "it is incompatible."

One method to overcome this is to have a rooted device (current general status: almost impossible)... and possibly another is to unpack the apk and modify it somehow. Does anyone have any input, links, etc. for me to try?

Thanks!

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Hello!

UPNP over kodi (kodi-kodi) on the TV (from laptop) works fine... but casting over wifi sucks! Problems are crackling, delay, pixelation, audio only, etc. etc. My caster is Windows 10 device and the castee (?!?!?) is android TV running version 7!~

Any advice on things to try?

Thanks!
 

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For many, Kodi has been a cool way to obtain movies and other content for free. But, is kodi now essentially dead after the crackdown?

As I understand it using kodi for movies without a vpn is asking for trouble and using a vpn is just 'trusting' an unknown intermediary entity with your information. Finally, if one is paying for a 'trustworthy' vpn, why not just pay for Netflix or similar and not bother with kodi at all.

Am I missing something? Trying to understand.
 

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First of all, have you turned on Developer Options on the TV and enabled Android Debugging?

I use an app called Remote ADB Shell (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cgutman.androidremotedebugger). You'll also need the ADB binaries on your phone. If you're rooted with Magisk, there's a simple module that can install them for you.
Install magisk to sony TV ?
You please help me how to install Magisk to Android Tivi Sony 4K 49 inch KD-49X8000E ?
Thank you !!
 

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Has there been any work done on blocking all the telemetry and data collection stuff that sony and Google do? Any tips on how to rout traffic through a tunnel to block all the stuff collected and sent back to sony and google?
 
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I am an owner of a kd-55x8500e and unfortunately i am also facing the same issues with you guys.
not that i want to do much on in, just have some apps to work with and most important to uninstall a lot of unnecessary stuff that came preinstalled.

To be able to install other apps , i actually downloaded Aptoide, and installed several apps that i wanted from there. I still dont have them on them on the app list in the menu , but i open Aptoide and run them from there.

So far this is the shortcut that i use.

Edit*
I actually followed this post and i got a lot of things removed from the TV. In combination with the latest update firmware from the 12 Sept i must say that Everything runs way faster now and it is more "tidy" . I is a nice option for lightening up the menu and the storage a bit.
 
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I am an owner of a kd-55x8500e and unfortunately i am also facing the same issues with you guys.
not that i want to do much on in, just have some apps to work with and most important to uninstall a lot of unnecessary stuff that came preinstalled.

To be able to install other apps , i actually downloaded Aptoide, and installed several apps that i wanted from there. I still dont have them on them on the app list in the menu , but i open Aptoide and run them from there.

So far this is the shortcut that i use.

Edit*
I actually followed this post and i got a lot of things removed from the TV. In combination with the latest update firmware from the 12 Sept i must say that Everything runs way faster now and it is more "tidy" . I is a nice option for lightening up the menu and the storage a bit.

Use HAlauncher, it show all apps and better than original :)
 

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First you'll need to unlock the bootloader... (which you cannot do)...
Did you verify the bootloader on a Sony is really locked? I could root my TCL Android TV which runs Android 8 just fine (fastboot flash boot boot-magisk.img using a usb A male to A male cable)
The original boot.img I could pull out of the encrypted pkg after I found the AES key after connecting a self-made service cable and logging the upgrade from nougat to oreo :)
 

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I miss ICE CREAM SANDWITCH please forgive my rant.

First you'll need to unlock the bootloader... (which you cannot do)...



:( Tbh it makes me very upset when people say you can't do something with electronic devices. It's 2018 ppl, let's learn some technical programming and do whatever we want.

I won't let these stupid companies make us out to be enslaved to their programming. This is android we're talking about.
:rolleyes:
Bootloaders are only bootloaders. You can program them.
Here:
https://www.quora.com/Is-it-possibl...an-Android-phone-with-something-like-GNU-GRUB
Here too:
https://javigon.com/2012/08/27/the-bootloader-understanding-modifying-building-and-installing/amp/
Here also:
http://newandroidbook.com/Articles/aboot.html

I'm currently learning java, brushing up on python and hopefully next I'll dive into C but there's a lot of resources on the vast ocean of the internet and it's just a matter of figuring out what needs to be done and asking how to do it and the rest is making it happen. I have never thrown a phone out for bricking except iPhones. Those things are evil.

I actually found my sony tv on someone's curb last week because it had an update glitch that made it reboot over and over. I can't believe how people just lose hope on something so great all because they don't wanna do any work. It was an easy fix. I just figured out the update directions on sonys website are wrong. You need to press the TV button with the Power and V- to get the green light to update from usb, not just the Power and V- like the website said. And within a day of pondering and messing with it I literally got a 500$ tv free.
If anyone needs a lab rat for their tv root ideas, I have an xbr55x850c running 7.0 :highfive:

I also was wondering if linux deploy from the play store here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.meefik.linuxdeploy
with Kali installed on a smartphone could anyway help us hack the kernel at all via usb?
I haven't had time to use it due to studies but I'll update my findings on this thread if I ever get to it. :good: :silly: I'm guessing after bootloader is hacked we will need to downgrade to gain easier root. If anyone can find any older update pkg files and other resources for this let me know.
 
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root --sony-android-tv

@Alixbot... I see you like color: LOL

That is a crazy story. Devices come with updates, auto-enabled, and when updates go bad... customers face problems. In your case, you have a TV to play with... LOL

"for bricking except iPhones. Those things are evil. " - ****Crapple, the trillion dollar company charging customers 3 times more!

Unfortunately, I don't have xbr55x850c, but another sony android TV running 7.0. No updates since, March 2018. I saved all the pkg files for my tv to begin with, but deleted them recently [ kept just the last few ]

There was some news of someone temporarily getting root using some apps, but it was not sticking after reboot. Also, dm-verity was discussed that [ if I understand correctly ] checks changes, if things have been fscked with... it is a NO GO.

One user said he got root, take a look here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=66311033&postcount=595 This does not look for the faint of heart for an expensive TV... [yes, smartphones are expensive too... ASIDE: I wonder if it has to do with size of the tv (large screen) versus small screen] that puts people off OR that (TV is a shared device BUT smartphone is a personal device). @banmeifyouwant posted a few times, then disappeared.

Maybe you can figure out root for android tv... Good Luck!

:( Tbh it makes me very upset when people say you can't do something with electronic devices. It's 2018 ppl, let's learn some technical programming and do whatever we want.

I won't let these stupid companies make us out to be enslaved to their programming. This is android we're talking about.
:rolleyes:
Bootloaders are only bootloaders. You can program them.
Here:
https://www.quora.com/Is-it-possibl...an-Android-phone-with-something-like-GNU-GRUB
Here too:
https://javigon.com/2012/08/27/the-bootloader-understanding-modifying-building-and-installing/amp/
Here also:
http://newandroidbook.com/Articles/aboot.html

I'm currently learning java, brushing up on python and hopefully next I'll dive into C but there's a lot of resources on the vast ocean of the internet and it's just a matter of figuring out what needs to be done and asking how to do it and the rest is making it happen. I have never thrown a phone out for bricking except iPhones. Those things are evil.

I actually found my sony tv on someone's curb last week because it had an update glitch that made it reboot over and over. I can't believe how people just lose hope on something so great all because they don't wanna do any work. It was an easy fix. I just figured out the update directions on sonys website are wrong. You need to press the TV button with the Power and V- to get the green light to update from usb, not just the Power and V- like the website said. And within a day of pondering and messing with it I literally got a 500$ tv free.
If anyone needs a lab rat for their tv root ideas, I have an xbr55x850c running 7.0 :highfive:

I also was wondering if linux deploy from the play store here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.meefik.linuxdeploy
with Kali installed on a smartphone could anyway help us hack the kernel at all via usb?
I haven't had time to use it due to studies but I'll update my findings on this thread if I ever get to it. :good: :silly: I'm guessing after bootloader is hacked we will need to downgrade to gain easier root. If anyone can find any older update pkg files and other resources for this let me know.
 
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dagrim1

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Has anyone elses tv slowed way down and stutter in all video apps since the latest update?

Not that, for me both youtube and netflix sometimes crap out making me need to restart the tv though.

Any youtube video I then play will play for just a few seconds and then stop (not sure if sound continues), the picture freezes though
With netflix the preview videos will remain black and sound will play, when I start a video it will buffer endlessly (not even starting)

They always occur at the same time so seems a video/codec issue (I actually sideloaded netflix from a phone and that one seems to keep working, sideloading youtube failed)

I tried restarting the apps, relaunching in different way, clearing cache (not data, feels like it's just as much of a hassle to re-enter accounts as it is to reboot and rebooting every now and then can't hurt anyway). Even reset the tv to factory defaults but still happens afterwards.

Doesn't happen extremely often but still annoying every time it does...
 

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Not that, for me both youtube and netflix sometimes crap out making me need to restart the tv though.

Any youtube video I then play will play for just a few seconds and then stop (not sure if sound continues), the picture freezes though
With netflix the preview videos will remain black and sound will play, when I start a video it will buffer endlessly (not even starting)

They always occur at the same time so seems a video/codec issue (I actually sideloaded netflix from a phone and that one seems to keep working, sideloading youtube failed)

I tried restarting the apps, relaunching in different way, clearing cache (not data, feels like it's just as much of a hassle to re-enter accounts as it is to reboot and rebooting every now and then can't hurt anyway). Even reset the tv to factory defaults but still happens afterwards.

Doesn't happen extremely often but still annoying every time it does...

This happens to me too on YouTube.
I'm using KDL-W95D and running Nougat. Never had this issue before Nougat update.

Couldn't figure out what's causing the problem. Anyone sorted this out??
 

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This happens to me too on YouTube.
I'm using KDL-W95D and running Nougat. Never had this issue before Nougat update.

Couldn't figure out what's causing the problem. Anyone sorted this out??

YouTube apk on ATV really bad and stupid specially with 4K & HDR playlist. i installed "Smart YouTube TV" which its amazing and can do real HDR , you can find it here
 

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The original boot.img I could pull out of the encrypted pkg after I found the AES key after connecting a self-made service cable and logging the upgrade from nougat to oreo :)
Could you please describe in details how to make service cable and procedure how to get AES key? I'm waiting nougat to oreo update for my 55XE9005 soon and can follow your experience.
 

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Hacking and Rotting Sony Bravia TV became TRUE

GOOD NEWS

NTFS USB drive do the JOBs
Translated from Japanese Forum related to Hacker Team ,
well with NTFS usb format i can install any apk direct to the TV with out need of use ES Explorer for example. that mean my TV set had this hole.
if you want to check yours SONY GOOGLE TV had this hole, download attchec and extracted on root USB formatted with NTFS, put the apk you want to install inside "demo_apps" , if the apk install dont start automatically, go to setting ----- setting for handler ... and there you will find new option install demo apps.

what the Team promise

""This completely bypasses the signatures usually used by the system, including using another exploitable, we hijack the devices boot process and reload a new kernel. After loading our attached unsigned kernel you will notice a new splash screen ( featuring the Sony and GTV Hacker logo) as well as the following perks:
Modified flash plugin with random per box flash string for Content Provider Bypass.
Crippled update feature to prevent box from receiving automatic updates.
Completely RW system, cache, and rootfs partitions
Full ADB Root
Removed signature checks on kernel / init scripts / init binary
A few other surprises.
 

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goodflood

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@frake50 Dude :) or dudess...

1. "Translated from Japanese Forum related to Hacker Team"... Can you provide a link??? We might read Japanese and want to check context of the forum.

2. "what the Team promise"... link you provided points to "https://blog.exploitee.rs/2012/root-for-sony-google-tv-with-unsigned-kernels/" posted in 2012. Does this still apply?

3. You mention "Hacking and Rotting Sony Bravia TV became TRUE"... this forum is Sony ANDROID TV... typo?

4. Write up matches this page: https://blog.exploitee.rs/2012/root-for-sony-google-tv-with-unsigned-kernels/. Care to explain?

5. What is in that APK? How do we know that there is no Monero miner in it? https://bitnewstoday.com/news/technology/android-tv-devices-infected-with-a-monero-miner/

- concerned dude
 
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    Thx in advance.

    Tried to debloat but command prompt said my device refused (or denied) connection... so no usb debugging prompt on tv.

    Enviado desde mi SM-G950F mediante Tapatalk

    First you need to enable ADB on your TV and allow your PC to connect (YOUTUBE HOW TO).
    Second you need to connect to your TV via your PC by using adb. (Minimal ADB package)
    Then use adb connect IP_OF_YOUR_TV and verify with adb devices (should list 1 device) (Search google "adb how to connect to device")

    So if you want to remove a package from your tv, you put both commands into the text file, like this.

    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 HERE_COMES_THE_PACKAGE_NAME
    adb uninstall HERE_COMES_THE_PACKAGE_NAME

    You can put all the commands of packages you want to remove into a text editor and save it as a windows batch script (google it). Then put it into the directiy with adb.exe and run it after you connected adb to your device. That way it will remove all the packages you listed in the file one by one.

    If a package doesn't exisit on your TV, it won't hurt anything. Also all packages will be restored on factory reset of your tv.

    List of packages that you might want to remove for better performance of your TV.

    PACKAGE LIST
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    :: Japanese Keyboard
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.inputmethod.japanese
    adb uninstall com.google.android.inputmethod.japanese

    :: Google Play Games
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.play.games
    adb uninstall com.google.android.play.games

    :: Sony recommendations row in launcher + row with list of available inputs (HDMI1, HDMI2 etc.)
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.sonyshelf
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.sonyshelf

    :: Sony select video
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.sonyselect
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.sonyselect

    :: Something todo with the recommendations row
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.bravialifehack
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.bravialifehack

    :: Netflix manager, this shows Netflix in the "Discover" menu, Netflix button on remote
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.netflixmanager
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.netflixmanager

    :: Sony network recommendation that can be shows in the first launcher row
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.networkrecommendation
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.networkrecommendation

    :: Sony Samba
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 tv.samba.ssm
    adb uninstall tv.samba.ssm

    :: Hotel crap
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.b2b.hotellanguage
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.b2b.hotellanguage

    :: More hotel crap
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.b2b.hotelmenu
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.b2b.hotelmenu

    :: Sony Photo Sharing Plus
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.photosharingplus
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.photosharingplus

    :: Preinstalled Racing game
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.gameloft.android.HEP.GloftANHP
    adb uninstall com.gameloft.android.HEP.GloftANHP

    :: Internet browser
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.opera.sdk.example
    adb uninstall com.opera.sdk.example

    :: Internet browser stuff
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.browser.ceb
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.browser.ceb
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.browser.webappruntime
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.browser.webappruntime
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.browser.webappservice
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.browser.webappservice
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.browser.webappinstaller
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.browser.webappinstaller

    :: Stuff for google calendar
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.syncadapters.calendar
    adb uninstall com.google.android.syncadapters.calendar
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.providers.calendar
    adb uninstall com.android.providers.calendar

    :: Stuff for google contacts
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.providers.contacts
    adb uninstall com.android.providers.contacts
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.syncadapters.contacts
    adb uninstall com.google.android.syncadapters.contacts

    :: Playstation video
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.snei.video.hhvu
    adb uninstall com.sony.snei.video.hhvu

    :: Sony account manager
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.snei.np.android.account
    adb uninstall com.sony.snei.np.android.account

    :: Sony demo mode
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.demomode
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.demomode

    :: Sony PSV (Playstation something..)
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.tvx.search.s501.psv
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.tvx.search.s501.psv

    :: Printer spooler from google
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.printspooler
    adb uninstall com.android.printspooler

    :: Resposible for syncing contacts calendar etc.
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.partnersetup
    adb uninstall com.google.android.partnersetup

    :: google movies app
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.videos
    adb uninstall com.google.android.videos

    :: Sony keyboard
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.ime.chww
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.ime.chww

    :: More recommendations bloatware that can show in the first launcher row
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.woprecommendation
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.woprecommendation
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.irbrecommendation
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.irbrecommendation
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.watchtvrecommendation
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.watchtvrecommendation

    :: Google Talk Back thingy (Can be enabled in settings)
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.marvin.talkback
    adb uninstall com.google.android.marvin.talkback

    :: Google user dictionary
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.android.providers.userdictionary
    adb uninstall com.android.providers.userdictionary

    :: Forgot what this was, will update later
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.search.s101.tvprograms.vt
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.search.s101.tvprograms.vt

    :: Stuff for satelite TV, if you use satelite tv then don't remove this
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.tvx.search.s101.tvprograms.prefsat
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.tvx.search.s101.tvprograms.prefsat
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.tvx.search.s101.tvprograms.gensat
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.tvx.search.s101.tvprograms.gensat

    :: CAM but I don't know for what CAM stands, it is available allover the inputs menu etc.
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.tvx.search.s101.tvprograms.cam
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.tvx.search.s101.tvprograms.cam

    :: alexa control
    adb shell pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.sony.dtv.smarthomesettings
    adb uninstall com.sony.dtv.smarthomesettings
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    I've had my XBR55X850C for about a week now and thought I'd share some tips/info.

    Updating the TV

    First thing you should do is update your TV. There were 2 types of updates available for me and I believe I did these in the wrong order and this caused my Netflix app to disappear (instructions to fix this down below). There was a Sony update and there was an Android update. I installed the Android update first, then the Sony update (which took forever). I think I should have done this in the opposite order and would have probably only needed the Sony update. To install the Sony update, you will see an app with a green icon called "Sony Select". Choose this and you should be prompted with a message saying that an update is required. Follow these steps to update your TV (takes about an hour). Once this is done, check in Settings to see if there is also an Android update available and install that as well. Once that is done, below are some tips I'm providing based on my user experience to get the most out of your TV.

    Playing Video Files Over Your Local Network

    I'm a cord-cutter and as such I watch files off my network frequently. I don't prefer using DNLA servers like Plex because there's really no need to have everything transcoded from your media server to your Android TV device since my Android TV has enough processing power to handle playing my video files over my network. The simple solution here was to go to the Play Store using my browser from my computer and install ES File Explorer and MX Player Pro to my Sony Bravia. Now I can browse my local network with ES File Explorer, find the video I want to watch and open the video with MX Player Pro.

    MX Player [Pro]

    Regarding MX Player, one big tip I can give you is to make sure you have the codecs installed for proper audio output. Got mine here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/mx-player/mx-player-custom-codec-dts-support-t2156254

    Another helpful MX Player Pro tip is to use HW+ for video and SW for audio. Using HW+ for audio causes laggy, out-of-sync audio and anything other than HW+ for video causes stuttering, at least with this TV it does. Fortunately in MX Player settings, you can set HW+ default for video and SW default for audio. So far this combination works flawlessly for MKV, MP4, AVI, etc.

    Installing APKs

    Once you have ES File Explorer installed, you can also browse a network share and install APKs directly from the network share. Works great!

    Fixing Missing Netflix App After Update

    If after updating everything, you lose your Netflix app like I did, the solution was simple, but requires ES File Explorer to be installed. Using ES File Explorer, I navigated to /system/app/ and launched the netflix-ninja-release.apk file to reinstall Netflix.

    Restarting Android / ADB

    Occasionally I felt the need to restart Android to resolve some issues I encountered from messing around with things. However, the only "official" way to do this is to unplug my TV which seems a bit archaic. Currently, without root, the only other way I've found was to enable developer options and use ADB wirelessly to reboot Android. To do this, just like on your Android phone, tap on the build number repeatedly until it says developer options unlocked. Then I had to restart my TV by unplugging for 10 seconds and plugging back in to get the Developer Options to show up in Settings. In there I enabled the ADB features.

    Next you connect to your TV using ADB wirelessly by issuing the following command: adb connect {ip of your tv}

    Then you can restart the TV by issuing: adb reboot

    You can ADB into your TV using a terminal app from your Android phone as well, so a computer is not necessary.

    EDIT: Just discovered that I can restart Android on my TV by pressing and holding the power button on the remote control for about 10 seconds. Don't need ADB any more.

    Control PS4 (or PS3 Slim) with Your TV Remote

    Lastly, you can set up Bravia Sync with your PS4 (and/or PS3 Slim, PS3 Phat doesn't have HDMI-CEC) to control the UI of your console using your TV remote. This is very nice for Blu-Ray playback. Just hook up your console to an HDMI port and turn it on. Next, on your TV go to Settings -> External Inputs -> Bravia Sync Settings. Turn on Bravia Sync Control. Next, go to "Bravia Sync device list". You should see your devices listed. Press the "Enable" button. That's it. Now when you select the input for your PS4 (and/or PS3 Slim), it will automatically turn your console on and the console can be controlled using your TV remote. It also works the other way around. You can press the Playstation button on your controller and this will turn the TV on and automatically switch it to the correct input for the console.

    Just thought I'd share some helpful tips and save someone else some time in getting the most out of this awesome TV. Hope this helps others out there.
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    I pulled the build.prop from my XBR55X850C. See attatched.

    Some tips besides what I've already posted before.

    Get Rid of the "Featured Apps" Section
    1. Go to Settings -> Apps
    2. Look for an app called "Sony Shelf"
    3. Force Close it
    4. Set Notifications to "Off"

    Get Rid of the "Sony Select" App and its Recommendations
    • Go to Settings -> Apps
    • Look for an app called "Sony Select"
    • Force Close it
    • Set Notifications to "Off"

    This will take effect immediately upon returning to the home screen/launcher. This gets rid of (or hides) that unnecessary row of Featured Apps or at least prevents it from showing up on the home screen/launcher. Many of these apps listed in this row weren't even installed on my TV and when I launched some of them, I would just see a blank screen. This also prevents anything from showing up from the Sony Select app. Like the Featured Apps row, this app is useless as it showed many services that I never used or that didn't even work or it just showed apps that I can simply launch from the launcher. Now your home screen/launcher looks just like stock Android TV as Google meant it to be (bloat removed/hidden).
    8
    Solution non-starting KDL-W756C

    OK, my box had simply failed to initialise past a white screen with a blue wave asking for langaage select. Sony Support just wasn't!

    Software updates only load on the machine if they are later dated than the one installed. I'm in the UK and found a later one on the Dutch Sony site and loaded that from USB. but it FAILED to coorrect my problem. The machine got stuck initializing. I suspected a bad cache or corrupt userdata. Previously I'd noticed some apps refused to start.

    So here's what you need.
    Even before you thought your box might fail you should have gone to Settings - About and clicked on Build seven times to become a developer. Now find the new Developer menu in Settings and choose Debugging. Set ADB debugging on. This is important. It will give access to your box if it needs a proper clearout.
    with that done, follow the rest if and when you need to...
    Code:
    adb connect "IP of your box"
    in my case on my network 'adb connect 192.168.1.19'
    then
    Code:
    adb reboot bootloader
    the machine restarts. Adb doesn't release, so in the console window type 'ctrl C'.
    Now connect a USB DATA cable - male each end (full four wires; its important) from your laptop to the TV.

    EDIT: The cable I used was from old equipment and appears, after testing to be Data+ to Data+ , and Data- to Data- i.e NOT a normal USB Data cable.


    Now enter...
    Code:
    fastboot devices
    and you should see a set of numbers and fastboot ... somthing like this...
    "8000ac9b8a0bbc9f fastboot" confirming that you are connected OK.

    Now from the console enter
    Code:
    fastboot -w
    the machine response is something like this:-
    erasing 'userdata'...
    OKAY [ 0.043s]
    formatting 'userdata' partition...
    Erase successful, but not automatically formatting.
    File system type not supported.
    OKAY [ 0.732s]
    erasing 'cache'...
    OKAY [ 0.041s]
    formatting 'cache' partition...
    Erase successful, but not automatically formatting.
    File system type not supported.
    OKAY [ 0.732s]
    finished. total time: 1.548s

    Now here you might be quite worried (I was!!) as the cache and userdata hasn't been formated but continue..
    Code:
    fastboot reboot

    Don't worry the machine seems to take forever. The Sony logo comes up. The machine reboots the sony logo appears again. Eventually you'll see the boot process with the coloured balls and all. Proceed as for a new install.

    Why couldn't Sony tell me that?
    8
    OK, you need to explain this. :) Did you swap boards in your device, or swap SOCs, or ?

    What root process, and do you have pics that illustrate root working on the TV?

    Very cool.

    As you can see, this tv has no panel (screen) at all.
    Its just the boards that's needed to be able to work.
    The psu is not original. Its just a generic laptop 19v 90w charger.
    The tv boots up, I can connect to it whit adb and hacking. ;)
    Full nand dump and steps to achieve root to be released. :cool:
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