Sony may consider making custom Android ROMs in the future

Sony may consider making custom Android ROMs in the future
Sony has been one of the biggest contributors to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) over the years, and has consistently released source code and binaries. Sony has even released stock ROMs for its own hardware in the past, so you could essentially turn a Sony phone into a Google Play edition device. The only thing Sony hasn't done is create a complete custom ROM, at least not yet. 

Sony has reiterated that it does not plan to release full AOSP ROMs for any of its Xperia branded devices, but it did leave the door open for future development in that arena: 


The few AOSP ROMs that Sony has released have basically been little more than alpha/beta builds of software updates for certain hardware. The chance of a proper AOSP ROM from Sony may be slim, but at least the option is being left on the table. We'll definitely be keeping an eye on this one. 

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17 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Well , google android is not so profitable for them (even LG & htc are struggling)

2. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

The new Nexus is too big, its gunna tank haaaaaaard

13. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

In case you aren't aware, the nexus devices doesn't care about what the average consumers want, it is about what developers need. They need different form factors that are easily and cheaply available for coding of apps. Which is why Google is launching so many different GPE phones

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Sony has a lot of the assets to have a decent ecosystem, but the one thing they (along with Samsung, HTC, etc.) lack is an App Store that could compete with Google. If they had that, they could become the "Apple of Android" and have revenue streams to add to their media and hardware. They would need to work on distribution, because that is their Achillea. Honestly, though, they are in such dire straits that they should strike out on their own. The ship is sinking, and they need to go big or go home. If they opened a full-on app store with an attractive revenue sharing agreement, they could draw a lot of Devs who wouldn't need to do any more work.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They also need to advertise their Xperias Average consumers don't know about their Xperias IMO that's the main reason Samsung is completely dominating Android sales, and why HTC, LG, Sony are struggling Also applys to Nokia and Blackberry as well

17. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

An new app store wouldn't be out of reach but I'd wait a bit if I were them. They already started a service called 'Remote Device Lab' where developers test their apps thorugh a virtual Xperia on a web interface. For free. They're probably trying to solidify overall third party support from devs for more stable ROMs, less buggy apps, potentially faster updates and releases. That's damn clever in my opinion. Sony apparently can't use normal advertising so word-of-mouth seems to be the next best thing.

5. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

If they want to do better they need a Better Marketing Department...

4. onthecouchagain

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Sony hardware (great cameras, beautiful designs, + waterproofing) and the pureness of Google? Yes, please.

7. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Not to mention the outstanding battery life of their devices

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

All we want is a Sony Nexus.

14. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

The recipe is so easy. A stock Android Z3 would steal the show.

8. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

If a GPE Xperia Z3C exist,then the battery life should be even greater

10. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I want a stock Android L but still fitted with Sony software technologies (speakers/music, display, camera)

11. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

12. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Before they develop Custom ROM, They need to provide bug fix update for their devices. My T2 Ultra is full of bugs after the Kitkat update.

15. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

No OEM cares about mid-range devices .They only consider updating their Flagship devices. So they won't fix it my friend.

16. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Then they dont need to release any updates for their mid rangers. It is better not to update than updates with full of bugs.

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