Recently, a ROM dump of the XPERIA X2 was leaked to xda-developers. As the hardware of the box is essentially unchanged from the X1, hackers were quick to try backporting stuff…and were largely successful. Sony Ericsson’s TileWave panel is hailed as one of the key features of the new device – but can it be ran on an X1?

An insider source recently provided me with a cab file called “SE Tilwave Panel.cab”, which installed onto my device without any issues. No further CABs were provided. However, getting it up and running is not as easy.

The first step involves opening the panel list, and going into “panel management mode”:
xperia tilewave panel (1) XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1

Then, click an empty space and assign the TileWave panel to it:
xperia tilewave panel (2) XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1

When this is done, activate the panel. It will take a few seconds to load:
xperia tilewave panel (3) XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1

Unfortunately, the panel is not particularly useful. Here are a few shots of its limited offerings:
xperia tilewave panel (4) XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1 xperia tilewave panel (5) XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1 xperia tilewave panel XPERIA X2 TileWave panel on XPERIA X1

Getting rid of it is difficult, as the XPERIA panel manager of the R3A ROM is blocked while the panel is running. The only way to switch to a different panel is switching the device on and off again. This must also be done prior to uninstallation.

In the end, I struggle to see much value in the panel. Yes, it works – but I have since booted it off my handset and have returned to the default today screen.


Related posts:

  1. XPERIA X1 – Panel SDK released
  2. XPERIA Pureness – weirdness in action
  3. XPERIA X1 review – camera
  4. FCC approves European XPERIA X2
  5. XPERIA X1 review – size

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