Sony’s Open Devices program now supports the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra
The Sony Open Devices Program offers AOSP configurations on GitHub for supported Sony devices, which allows developers to build and configure custom Android software with relative ease. This week, the newly released Xperia XA2 and the Xperia XA2 Ultra are joining the program, meaning that you can flash your own ROMs for them based on Android Oreo.
“As you may know, the Open Devices program is our way to provide access and tools to build and test your custom software on a range of Sony devices,” the company wrote in a blog post. “As part of our Open Devices program, projects for the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra are now available via GitHub where you can contribute and take part in our open source community.”
If you’re wondering where to start, don’t fret. Sony has published guides on how to build your own version of Android for the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra, so you aren’t left wondering what to do with the files that the company released. You’ll find all manner of resources for the phones, including bootloader unlock tools, kernel compilation guides, and even step-by-step instructions on how to access the UART (Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitters) ports on Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra. If you have any lingering questions or issues, of course, you can ask them on the relevant Sony Xperia Developer World GitHub pages.
It’s great to see Sony supporting its newest devices and allowing developers to get in on the action. The Sony Xperia XA2 and the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra are some of the first mainstream devices to launch with Android 8.0 Oreo, and they have fully unlockable bootloaders and support for Project Treble. In theory, that should make developing AOSP builds even easier than on other phones in Sony Open Devices Program.
Source: Sony Developer Blog