Sony outs Lollipop AOSP source code for all Xperia flagships, for the love of custom ROM makers


After we were teased with a video of the Xperia Z3 running Android 5.0 AOSP, Sony is now releasing the source codes for not only the Z3, but the Xperia Z2 and even Z1, too. The AOSP source codes mean that developers can now start coining away custom ROMs for all flagship Xperias released this and last year, and the results shouldn't be far behind. 

The beauty of AOSP is that devs can mod and add features as they see fit, without the need for having to overcome the manufacturer's UI overlay boundaries. If you are eager to check the AOSP codes out, you can take a lead, and dive into the Xperia section of Sony's Developer World site from the source link below. 

As per Sony, you can "download the needed software binaries for Lollipop, and follow the AOSP build instructions to download, configure, build and finally flash the source code onto your device." Of course, these binaries are with limited functionality and not suitable for daily drivers as-is, but an enterprising developer with some skills can quickly make a swan out of that ugly duckling. 

Since all recent Xperia flagships have an unlocked bootloader, Android 5.0 Lollipop for your Z3, Z2 or Z1 isn't a pipe dream anymore, and might happen much sooner than the official "early 2015" timeframe that Sony revealed earlier. Actually, Sony was recently looking for beta testers of Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Z3 and Z3 Compact, so things are starting to align nicely for a swift update.


source: Sony

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11 Comments

1. Peace

Posts: 23; Member since: May 22, 2014

Good guy SONY

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Great news from Sony

3. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Happy z1 user :)

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Shows that Sony is now on the right track and is actually listening to the Android community. They're designing solid phones with great build quality and making them as easy to pick up as possible. They just need to advertise the hell out of them now and they should start picking up speed.

5. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Is Z1 compact there, too?

7. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Yes "Today we have added Android 5.0 AOSP device configuration source code, pre-built software binaries and build instructions for Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact. If you’re a custom ROM developer, you can now create Android 5.0, Lollipop, AOSP-based custom ROMs for these devices." Source:http://developer.sonymobile.com/2014/11/13/android-5-0-xperia-z3-aosp-source-code-and-binaries-now-available/

8. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Yes "Today we have added Android 5.0 AOSP device configuration source code, pre-built software binaries and build instructions for Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact. If you’re a custom ROM developer, you can now create Android 5.0, Lollipop, AOSP-based custom ROMs for these devices." Source:http://developer.sonymobile.com/2014/11/13/android-5-0-xperia-z3-aosp-source-code-and-binaries-now-available/

6. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

great job sony!!

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

But still unlocking bootloader causes loss of DRM keys so nobody wants to sacrifice camera funcionality. Even devs say on XDA that they're waiting for resolving this problem.

10. Scionero

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

I thought there was a way to root, backup the TA partition with the DRM keys, and then unlock the bootloader.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Sony just loves to punish the developers and power users who love their phones. http://forum.xda-developers.com/z3-compact/general/loss-drm-keys-t2890936

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