Sony Xperia Z added to AOSP

Sony Xperia Z added to AOSP
Like it did with the Sony Xperia S, the Japanese OEM is adding the Sony Xperia Z to the Android Open Source Project. The goal is to allow developers to continue to contribute to the open source software. The Sony Xperia S had limitations with the hardware that forced Sony to move that project away from the main area of the AOSP and move it to Sony's GitHub. In addition to those who want to make a name for themselves with their contributions to Android, the project is also welcoming those who want to tinker with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro platform.

Just because Sony has added its flagship phone to the AOSP, it doesn't mean that your own personal water and dustproof Xperia Z can be turned into a stock Android, Google Nexus model. It takes a lot of shoe-horning by Sony engineers to make this work as it is. The microSD slot works, as well as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, the notification lights and sensors. What does not run on the AOSP'd Sony Xperia Z is the camera and the modem as they use proprietary binaries that Sony does not want to release to the public. Other binaries from Sony's partners have been released but can't be part of the AOSP project because they don't use open source code. Sony is expected to replace some of these binaries with a source code the further down the road the project gets.

For now, contributions to the Sony Xperia Z will start out on Sony's own GitHub rather than the main AOSP main branch. To contribute to the cause, head over to the sourcelink and start leaving your mark on Android.

source: GitHub, SonyMobileDeveloper via TechCrunch

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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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11 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sony should focus on Android 4.2 update for the Xperia Z instead of this one.

2. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

There's a lot of things going on inside Sony, Tokyo and Lund to be specific. Hopefully, they sort this out and not let pride take over and ruin the now "One Sony."

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree!

9. oister85 unregistered

Why whats going on with sony?

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Android 4.2.2.2.2.2.2.2.2.2 lol xD

10. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Android 4.2.2 is ready already. Lund is king

5. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

I think Sony is on the right track..

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

that's better sony.....keep it up.....!!!

6. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Sony Always support Development ..that is a side i like of Sony ..

7. Cwilliams

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Sony's camera doesnt work? How come it works on the video?

8. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's always the case when a device is added to AOSP. Always something missing and not working but the dev's usually do kick butt job of getting things in order. Just takes a little time and support, but it will get there eventually.

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