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Google may offer Nexus-like Android updates for Sony Xperia S

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Google may offer Nexus-like Android updates for Sony Xperia S
This is some potentially great news for any Sony Xperia S users who have been looking to have the stock Android experience. According to our favorite Android Open Source Project guru, Jean-Baptiste Queru, Google is looking into offering Nexus-like updates for the Sony handset. Sony has always been one of the better manufacturers about submitting to AOSP and bringing in the community to help in building its device updates. Now, Google is "experimenting" with offering a direct AOSP experience for more devices beyond the Nexus line, starting with the Xperia S. 

According to Queru, the Xperia S was chosen because "it's a powerful current GSM device, with an unlockable bootloader, from a manufacturer that has always been very friendly to AOSP." Right now, Queru is working on building the git framework for this project by pulling together the kernel and makefiles for the Xperia S. 

Eventually, it looks like the plan is to offer direct AOSP support for more devices in a Nexus-like fashion, which would be pretty amazing. Of course, for those of you on Verizon or Sprint, don't get too excited, because GSM and an unlockable bootloader are likely primary requirements for this. 

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posted on 18 Aug 2012, 12:28 19

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


JELLYBEAN !!!!!

TAKE THAT HTC!!! YOU ARE LATE!!!

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 12:46 8

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


For your information, Google only launch nexus 7 this year, therefore no nexus phone, it just a rumor ..

Looks like Google is finally give Sony the chance to taste the nexus. Oh well, nexus for the year will be Asus and Sony.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 12:51 4

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4018; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


This is only Nexus-like updates for the Xperia S, they aren't making the Xperia S the new Nexus. Google is going to start doing this with with a lot of GSM devices, as long as they have an unlocked bootloader. The fact that they started with the Xperia S for this is probably just a coincidence.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 13:03 5

10. CamaroSS (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


There is no coincidence. Second paragraph of this article clearly explained that.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 13:20 2

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4018; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


If you looked at my second sentence, it would've made more sense. They said it's probably going to happen for quite a few devices other than Nexus, just as long as it's a GSM device and the bootloader is unlocked. The fact that the Xperia S got chosen out of the bunch doesn't mean that Sony is going to make the next Nexus.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 20:33 4

22. MeoCao (unregistered)


I like u Wendy, but your logo looks very bad.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 22:49

27. wendygarett (unregistered)


But I love Apple :)

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 04:33 2

31. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


hmm i smell some iFans here...

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 10:41

35. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


dis is really gr8 news......... so far my experience with my xperia S has been really awesome!! cant wait 4 dis new update.... but i doubt whether dis update wil cme to India?! can sumone temme wil it release in India?

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 12:41 3

2. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


They need to do this to the Galaxy S3

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 12:47 9

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


You dissatisfied touchwiz?

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 21:10 1

23. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


No, I quite like touchwiz...but you just have to see the reality of things, as much as I love Samsung, waiting for updates from them is torture. So at least when Samsung gives up on this device, at least these updates will still be around.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 18:13

17. dickwyn (Posts: 594; Member since: 07 May 2012)


yeah and all the users will say WTF

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 18:50 2

18. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Why your comment got rated out is surprising. I think that is somthing that a lot of sg3 users would like. I wish my Verizon sg3 was built like the galaxy nexus. It still would not have the google nexus experience all the way because of CDMA and Verizon but to be honest even though I love my sg3 I don't really care for touchwiz all that much. The phone would run faster without it. It would be the ultimate if Samsung offered the interface as a optional download like a lot of launchers do. It does not have to be cooked into the rom.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 12:53 6

6. CamaroSS (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


This sounds pretty cool! Great news for Xperia owners.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 00:02 2

28. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


i still hope they let us keep the launcher and cosmic flow wallpaper

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 22:23

33. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


They are just apk files
Just install them normally

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 12:55 5

7. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


No wonder why xperia phones are smooth despite using last year processors

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 12:58 2

8. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 361; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Sony sells in T-Mobile would be a good news lol. I am a T-mobile subscriber of course and have high hope on this company

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 13:03 1

9. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Awesome, will be interesting to see what other phones will be used.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 13:06 2

11. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Thats kind of unfair to the other manufactures

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 01:08 1

29. squeeb (Posts: 99; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Then they need to get off their asses and start pressuring carriers to push f**king updates.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 14:15 14

13. kayeeman (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


We all want a SONY NEXUS device.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 14:26 10

14. ivanprskalo (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


We all want a SONY NEXUS device.
+1 to that!!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 15:31

32. kayeeman (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


But sony's manufacturing cost is high. It is almost impossible a sony nexus

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 16:02 5

15. oister85 (Posts: 397; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Go Sony

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 16:22 5

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2452; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


PLAYSTATION!.....o wait?? I mean GOO SONY!! :)

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 19:38 1

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4733; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Interesting move by Google...

I would also like to see this offered for more phones.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 20:00 1

20. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


I don't know about every one else but really hoping for five or more nexus devices Google is getting on par selling direct to customer... I would love the options. I guess it's up to demand and supply. The nexus 7 seems to helping in that department.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 20:02 3

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


SONY NEXUS

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 21:41 2

24. freakatronic (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


How about Xperia Nexus? Love how it sounds! :)

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 22:14 2

25. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2452; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


heck yea......Xperia Nexus sounds beast... :)

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 22:27 2

26. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


So xperia s will compete with galaxy nexus ?

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 01:21 3

30. sadaff (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


I was thinking to sell my sony Xperia S and buy the hayabusa or something but now i don't think so i would do it! SO happy

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 17:05

36. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


y u want to sell ur xperia S?? its a really gr8 fone.......

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 15:25 1

34. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


This is brilliant news! Can see why Google chose Sony first, but its also great that other phones will follow suit in receiving the AOSP, I still want an official Sony-skinned Jelly Bean update though, I love Timescape UI, and I still want an Xperia Nexus!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 17:06

37. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


cant wait to see nexus inside xperia S......... WOW!!

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