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Getting a Sony Tablet S to work with Android tools under Ubuntu

I’ve had a Sony Tablet S for a while now. Getting it to work with Android development tools under Windows required some special sauce, as there is no official development driver from Sony (or, to be more exact, there was not one back when I bought the device).

Instructions for Windows are still available here, by way.

Under Ubuntu, I did the usual thing with editing /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android, which worked for all my other Android devices, and still, “adb devices” did not list the Tablet S. I entered the line in the udev rules file like this:

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="054c", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"

… and here is my output from lsusb:

Bus 002 Device 005: ID 054c:05b4 Sony Corp.

After Googling for a bit, I got it to work. The missing step was to add 0x054C (Sony’s UPnP identifier) to my ~/.android/adb_usb.ini. I repeat, this was not necessary for any other of my Android devices, so the Sony must be special in some way.

kman@kman-P55-UD3R:~$ echo 0x054c > ~/.android/adb_usb.ini
kman@kman-P55-UD3R:~$ cat ~/.android/adb_usb.ini
0x054c
kman@kman-P55-UD3R:~$ adb kill-server
kman@kman-P55-UD3R:~$ adb devices
* daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
* daemon started successfully *
List of devices attached
42801024420f617 device

kman@kman-P55-UD3R:~$

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