Sony Posts Guide on Building AOSP 7.0 Nougat for its Xperia Smartphones
If, for some reason, you were still of the opinion that an OEM could never be developer friendly, Sony has given yet another example of being just that.
On its official website for all developer resources, Sony has posted a build guide for building Android 7.0 Nougat, the AOSP flavor and not its skinned variant, for its Xperia branch of devices. So Sony is indeed helping the users capable of building Android 7.0 to install and experience the same on their device, before the official updates with the Xperia skin land on their device. Sony has done well to support Open Source Software on their entire line, but there will most likely be limitations on some devices — only time will tell.
The guide for building AOSP is very straightforward. You’d need a Linux environment to build if you follow the guide, and the guide also lists the tools and environment needed for the build. Once you do have build ready, you’d need a Sony device with an unlocked bootloader to flash the image using fastboot. If all went well, you should have a Sony Xperia device with Android 7.0 Nougat, brought to you courtesy of the efforts at Sony.
So go on ahead, you have something interesting to do for the weekend! Let us know your xperience in the comments below!