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Jimmy McGee · May 30, 2015

Google I/O 2015 Recap – XDA TV

Google I/o 2015 has come and gone. The biggest celebration of Google by Google has wrapped up. They announced a bunch of exciting information, and to our delight, there were a lot of Android announcements. Additionally, there was a lot of information about other exciting and mobile related Google goodness. Here at xda-developers we have written a lot of articles breaking down those announcements. You can find links to those articles down below. However, if you wanted to get a quick...

Jimmy McGee · Mar 13, 2015

Android 5.1 Images Available and More – XDA TV

Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images have dropped for Nexus devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of ASUS releasing the kernel source for the ZenFone 2 and be sure to check out the article talking about HTC Blinkfeed being ported to other devices! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this...

Tomek Kondrat · Jan 1, 2015

OnePlus Releases Early CyanogenMod-Free Lollipop For the One

In the last few weeks, we've read quite a bit regarding the issues surrounding OnePlus, Micromax, and Cyanogen Inc. The drama between these three companies is full of unexpected twists, accusations and court trials. While we wait the conclusion of this soap-opera, OnePlus decided to start the new year in a very sweet way. We recently talked about how OnePlus has been working on delivering a CyanogenMod-free firmware that will one day become the default firmware in future updates and...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 30, 2014

Make Your CM11 ROM Look Like Xperia Z3’s Firmware

Unlike some themed firmware by various OEMs, every AOSP ROM looks pretty much the same. Porting applications and features from Sony's or Samsung's firmware is difficult but absolutely possible if you know what needs to be done. The Sony Xperia Z3's firmware has loads of interesting things that can be used with almost every AOSP ROM. Sony engineers worked hard to make a firmware which isn't overly skinned and has lots of features. Thanks to the guide made by XDA...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 23, 2014

AOSP for Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future w/ Alin Jerpelea – XDA:DevCon 2014

It's Holiday time, and as a gift to those of you who were not able to make it to XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK, we will begin posting our videos from some of the presentations. Over the next 12 days we will be releasing the sessions for you to enjoy. The first video we are posting is a familiar face to xda:devcon, Sony's Alin Jerpelea. At the 2013 xda:devcon Alin talked about Android and Legacy Devices. In 2014 Alin spoke about...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 20, 2014

Sony Updates AOSP Sources to Android 5.0.1

Just a few days ago, Sony did an utterly fantastic job by pushing out numerous device trees for all 2014 Qualcomm based Xperia devices to its GitHub account. This came as a rather big surprise for some, but Sony wants to finish this year with a little extra oomph. The Japanese OEM decided to update the device trees, kernel and binaries to Android 5.0.1. Way to go, Sony! The list of currently supported devices is impressive. In addition to almost the...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 19, 2014

Android 5.0.2 and New Factory Images For Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi) Available

Android 5.0 is has been publicly available since early November, and the number of devices getting Google's latest OS is growing bigger every day. In the first few weeks after its release, Google focused on stability and released quite a few update builds. Now, it's the time for a small numerical bump, because Android 5.0.2 has just been pushed into Google's AOSP repos. Android 5.0.1 was rather minor update, with only a few notable changes. Android 5.0.2 is definitely bigger,...

jerdog · Dec 16, 2014

Sony Now Supports AOSP On Entire 2014 Qualcomm Line

Back in the summer of 2012, Sony made waves in the independent developer community when they partnered with Google to include the Sony Xperia S in the Android Open Source Project code base. After that experiment ended, they have continued to support AOSP on their released devices, with the Xperia Z3 being their most recent addition. Even confusing steps taken by Sony Mobile to purposely break the camera on their Z* line (since the Xperia Z1) if a user chooses...

Anthony King · Dec 3, 2014

Android 5.0.1_r1 Sources and Factory Images

A month ago, XDA Developer Admin pulser_g2 wrote an article about how Google's QA team seemed to be absent in the bring up of Android 5.0.0. Many of us hoped that a future update would solve at least some of the issues many have pointed out. Earlier, the Android 5.0.1_r1 sources were released, and from what we can gather from the logs, most, if not all, of the bugs that have been pointed out have not been fixed. Hopefully, Google will soon realise it...

egzthunder1 · Nov 27, 2014

Android Lollipop Lands for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The undisputed king of the beasts--at least in Sony's current stable, is the 6.4-inch behemoth known as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The sheer size of this device (and the lack of accessories to carry it outside of pockets) has been a major cause for the not-so-successful life of this phablet. Other than this, the device itself is a powerhouse worthy of carrying the "Z" denomination in its name. One of Sony's most prominent moves in the past couple of years...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 19, 2014

Google Nexus 6 Factory Images, 5.0 r7 Source Now Available

Google continues to play its nightly game with the release of the latest 5.0.0_r7 revision of Lollipop. The updated code isn't everything, as the Mountaon View giant decided to publish the factory image for yet another Nexus device--and surprisingly, it's not the Nexus 7 GSM, but rather, the Google Nexus 6. Original Android developers have also released new versions of the OS for other devices in the last few days, so it's a wise choice to check if your build is up-to-date....

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 13, 2014

Sony Xperia Z3 Added to the AOSP Program

The Android world has been dominated by Lollipop in the last few weeks. Recently, Google not only released the source code, but they also updated the factory images for various Nexus devices. The release of Android 5.0 differs from previous versions, since various OEM partners had access to the source code much sooner than usual and managed to prepare their modified variants earlier than ever before. Sony has done a brilliant job to maintain its AOSP projects. Not too long...

GermainZ · Nov 12, 2014

Android Lollipop OTA Coming Soon, Two New Release Tags Pushed to AOSP!

While we were expecting Android Lollipop to start rolling out to Nexus devices a few days ago, it unfortunately got delayed for a bit… until now. Google has now pushed out the final Android 5.0 release, along with some updated AOSP code for developers. (more…)

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 6, 2014

Sony AOSP Program to Bring Lollipop to Xperia Z1, Z2, Z3 / Compact

The Android Lollipop madness continues at an incredible pace and every few hours, we learn about new ROMs for various unsupported devices. There are some OEMs out there that have shown that they care about aftermarket ROM development. In the last few months, we've written quite a bit about the Sony AOSP program. Now, we have a chance to write about it once again. Sony announced that there will be device trees, binaries, and a unified kernel for three of...

GermainZ · Nov 3, 2014

Android Lollipop Source Being Pushed to AOSP!

It's the 3rd of November! As expected and announced, the Android Lollipop source code (LRX21M) is being pushed today. In fact, it's being pushed right now, so get ready to sync it really soon! As usual, that can be done with the repo tool: $ repo init -u https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest -b lollipop-release Developers can also head over to the AOSP Git webpage to check out the code without having to sync it all (under the lollipop-release branch). This will enable custom ROM...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 3, 2014

Sony AOSP Updated for Xperia Z3, Google Play Store Updated for Wearable Sensor Permissions – XDA TV

Sony Extends its AOSP Project to include the Xperia Z3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of a small wearable based update to Google Play and be sure the check out the article talking about Google allowing searches to interact with apps! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend...

Tomek Kondrat · Oct 31, 2014

Sony Extends AOSP Project to the Xperia Z3

While most OEMs simply don't care about the custom ROM community, others are doing an amazing job to build their image among developers and end-users. One such OEM is Sony, which hired XDA Senior Recognized Developers jerpelea to serve as Sony Developer Relations Community Manager. Not too long ago, Sony released a unified kernel that works on all flagship devices starting on Xperia Z1. Recently, the kernel was re-worked and it now supports Sony's newest flagship, the Xperia Z3. The kernel should...

Tomek Kondrat · Oct 1, 2014

Sony to Extend its AOSP Program to Other Devices

Sony will be offering its users the possibility to use AOSP ROMs as an alternative to the currently offered, skinned firmware. This is the result of agreement made with FXP group associated with both XDA and the CyanogenMod team, which took place a few years ago. One of the leaders of the project, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea, is heading this operation and was hired by Sony to lead the AOSP program. AOSP support isn't something new to Sony. Currently...

Jimmy McGee · Jul 14, 2014

Sony Developer Relations Community Manager Alin Jerpelea to Talk About Sony AOSP at XDA:DevCon 2014

If you haven’t heard already, XDA is putting on its second annual xda:devcon. This year, we’re doing it international style and holding the event in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28. We have great sponsors from Sony and Oppo who joined us last year, to newcomer OnePlus. However, it takes more than great sponsors to make an event like the successful, it takes great speakers. Returning to xda:devcon is a speaker from last year. Founding member of the “Free Xperia...

Will Verduzco · Jul 3, 2014

Browse the New AOSP Code Commits in Android L Developer Preview

It's been just one week since Google introduced Android L to the world at the Google I/O 2014 opening keynote. In the time since, we've gotten our hands on the developer preview release and even managed to root it. Then in a surprising move, Google decided to open source part of the Android L codebase in limited capacity. We don't yet have the complete L source code, and likely won't until its official release in the Fall. However, the fine folks over at FunkyAndroid have...