Sony Xperia flagships already running Android 5.0 AOSP

Sony Xperia flagships already running Android 5.0 AOSP
We've already heard about Sony prepping to launch an Android 5.0 Lollipop closed beta, where it will give a few select customers the chance to try out the latest build of Sony's UI and help it in improving and having it ready for launch in early 2015.

Now, Sony has announced that the AOSP version of Lollipop is also ready to run on Xperia Z1, Z2, and Z3 handsets. Don't be quick to jump in joy, though – the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) is not a user-ready platform for daily usage (for example – it lacks a phone dialer) – rather, it is the basis for developers to create their own custom Android ROM.

Sony has proven to be supportive of its modding community – just a month ago, it added the Xperia Z1, Z2, and M2 handsets to the AOSP for Xperia project and uploaded an unified kernel for them – making it easier for developers to create and support ROMs for all 3 handsets. It now promises to add device configurations for the brand-new Z3 "soon", adn that the Android 5.0 binaries will also be provided "as soon as [the developers] can".

If any of this means anything to you, you will probably want to check out Sony's developer blog – link in the source, below.


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8 Comments

1. Gavst3r unregistered

It's always nice to see a manufacturer supporting the developer community.

2. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

good luck developers...

3. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Hope they will improve the UI, and new material dsign :)

4. leonmbj

Posts: 45; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

what about othes 'Z's ? Z ultra, Z Tablets, Z Compacts ...

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Thank you, Sony. Now please keep pushing forward and make sure all the great camera capabilities of the Z series are not lost to due to corporate fears and DRMs. A Sony phone should work just fine with an unlocked bootloader and/or root. In fact, Sony should be known for making phones that are developer/power user friendly. This is a very positive force that will only help Sony succeed.

6. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

if they dont change ui .. i will not give them a shot .. this is android , android changes for google sake !

7. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

tbh, the Android L stock UI is fugly with the Xperia line, if you compare them you truly see the beauty of Xperia UI

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That honestly didn't look as cool as I thought it would. I though it would look great on the Xperi line. I don't see the synergy I thought I would see. Maybe that's why Sony hasn't made a Nexus device yet.

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