Hack and saw: enthusiast ports the Android N Developer Preview to Xperia Z2

Hack and saw: enthusiast ports the Android N Developer Preview to Xperia Z2
Yesterday, we reported that Sony has partnered up with Google to bring the Android N Developer Preview to the good old Xperia Z3 handset. Owners of the old flagship need only perform a few simple steps to get a vanilla preview version of the next major Android OS update.

But what about some of the other Xperia variations? Are they left behind? Well, XDA member Brandon Nel wouldn't have that, so he got right to porting the preview ROM to work with a Sony Xperia Z2. The build is still in its early stages, not very stable, and the developer doesn't recommend users who don't have an unlocked bootloader flash it. The first ROM will be available for download on May the 3rd.

The developer hasn't stopped work on the port as of yet, so our hopes are high that more stable builds are coming along. The reported problems, as of the time of writing this article, consist of the following points:

  • Camera is sometimes laggy and may force-close
  • Multi-window is very slow.
  • Some apps, such as the Beta Program App Settings, don't work
  • Recovery (TWRP) and root no longer works

Android N brings about the new Vulkan 3D rendering API (Google's response to Apple's Metal API for better 3D graphics), better usage of Doze to save more battery, Multi-window, bundled notifications, some different UI animations, and other tiny changes. This is the first time ever we see a Developer Preview for a non-Nexus device and it does show Sony in quite a good light, providing its users the latest pure Android experience.

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Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow


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