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 to unlock the bootloader on their device (using tools Sony themselves provide) has not dampened the desire of developers to have AOSP on their Xperia devices.
Sony has honored that desire again with recent activity on their SonyXperiaDev Github account as well as a post on their Sony Developer World blog. The new activity speaks to Sony adding the Xperia T3 and Xperia E3 to their Open Device project, as well as pushing updates to improve stability for the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia M2. Of course, due to Sony’s legal department not fully understanding how to work with open source, the typical disclaimer from Sony Mobile applies:
As usual, you should be aware of that this software is not intended for daily use as there are important limitations. For example, the camera is not working and the modem is not enabled, which means you cannot take photos or make phone calls.
So if you’re interested in checking this out, you can follow the nice instructions from Sony. Let us know your thoughts on Sony’s open source efforts in the comments below.