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Sony Ericsson gives 20 phones to the custom ROM crowd, all Xperias to get CyanogenMod

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Sony Ericsson gives 20 phones to the custom ROM crowd, all Xperias to get CyanogenMod
It's becoming somewhat of a trend for big Android phone manufacturers to cooperate with the modding and custom ROM community, and Sony Ericsson has entered the ring of cooperation as well.

After the creation of HTCdev.com and Samsung giving away Galaxy S II phones to the modders, then hiring Cyanogen, now Sony Ericsson is taking 20 of its Android phones to the modders and saying to fire at will.

There is a strong FreeXperia movement, which deals with custom ROMs for the Xperia Android line. The Timescape UI of SE offers pretty heavy modification of the stock Android interface, so the company deciding to cooperate with the ROM crowd is great news for Xperia owners. Both the FreeXperia and CyanogenMod teams have announced already that the Cyanogen custom ROMs will be coming to all handset of Sony Ericsson's Xperia line released this and last year.

Sony Ericsson's manager of developer relations, Karl-Johan Dahlström commented why they are giving away 20 Xperia phones and helping rogue developers with tools:

The reason for this is that we firmly believe in the openness of Android, and we are really impressed by the huge activity shown in our products. By being supportive and open, we hope to both learn from the open community, and also share knowledge when that is possible.


source: Cyanogen & AndroidAuthority

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posted on 30 Sep 2011, 08:11

1. biliba (unregistered)


so what? android will fail. iOS and iPhone 5 is the future.

go apple!

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 08:26 4

2. skyline100 (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


sarcasm? or brainless?

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 08:38 1

3. costi (unregistered)


stay with your closed-source OS and expensive iPhone

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 07:49 1

12. Afenix (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)


Can't see if trolling.
Or just damn stupid.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 09:44

4. aki45 (unregistered)


biliba=stubid=crazy

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 10:01

5. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Wait... im confused? so the phone manufacturers are telling the modders to mod their phones? Why?

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 14:11

6. monstermasn123 (unregistered)


Modders improve software free of charge. It's a genius business strategy. If SE makes it easy for the modding community to load custom firmware on their phones, they don't have to spend as much money on software development.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 14:41

8. ZouZ (unregistered)


and what do modders get in return??!

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 14:40

7. ZouZ (unregistered)


and what do modders get in return of their developpement?

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 17:14

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2875; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


They get to do what they love to do without the hassle and headaches.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 19:15

10. Haroon (unregistered)


On top of that, they do get generous donations from people who download the roms and use them.
and there are millions of users who mod their androids :)

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 22:29

11. Madman-01 (unregistered)


SE is just throwing those old phones like x10 minis and x8 to devs completly.... they didn't developed it but the devs like doixh, slade87 or D4 made those minis did it.... They brought developed it to 2.3.5 and most importantly dual touch to the minis....... SE just threw us at the corner.... Atleast now we can use the latast android on our fav minis without any hessels....... Sony makes gr8 hardware. But in term of software support they sucks.... By doing this they are saying, Do it on ur own which we have done a long ago........ I'm grateful to cynanogen for keeping the life support on for our minis.....

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