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

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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Xperia S
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.50h 3G talk time)

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37 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

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

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.

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

10. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

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

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

22. MeoCao unregistered

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

27. wendygarett unregistered

But I love Apple :)

31. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

hmm i smell some iFans here...

35. nsnk86

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 18, 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?

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

They need to do this to the Galaxy S3

4. wendygarett unregistered

You dissatisfied touchwiz?

23. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

17. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

yeah and all the users will say WTF

18. Phullofphil

Posts: 1800; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

6. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

This sounds pretty cool! Great news for Xperia owners.

28. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

33. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

They are just apk files Just install them normally

7. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

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

8. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 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

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

11. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Thats kind of unfair to the other manufactures

29. squeeb

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

13. kayeeman

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

We all want a SONY NEXUS device.

14. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

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

32. kayeeman

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

15. oister85 unregistered

Go Sony

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Interesting move by Google... I would also like to see this offered for more phones.

20. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 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.

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

SONY NEXUS

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