Sony releases Android M AOSP Developer Preview images for Xperia smartphones and tablets

Sony releases Android M AOSP Developer Preview images for Xperia smartphones and tablets
Great news for Xperia tinkerers! On its developer page, Sony announced the availability of Android M developer preview images for a big chunk of its Xperia device line-up. Mind you, these are tagged as AOSP images rather than Google Android, which means you won't be getting exactly a Nexus-like experience due to the omission of Google add-ons (apps and services). But these can be easily installed after flashing Android M, if you need them.

The list of eligible devices includes the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z2, Z1, Z Ultra, Z, ZL, E3, M2, T2 Ultra, T3, L, and S smartphones along with the Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2 Tablet, and Tablet Z tablets. They are listed as part of Sony's Open Device program, which basically means they are fair game for everyone looking into developing on them. Alas, the new Z3+/Z4/Z4v aren't part of the line-up for now.

Sony warns that "AOSP software is not certified or intended for regular use", and that "the modem and the camera are not implemented", which means you shouldn't rely on Android M as your daily driver for the time being. But if you feel like you know what you're doing, you're welcome to visit the source link and get going! Interim, check out some of our Android M coverage from this year's Google I/O if you feel like you're missing anything.

source: Sony Developer World



1. araxala

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Thank you Sony! Let's see how my tablet z handles android M

2. waddup121 unregistered

Ooo thanks Sony!

3. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

what about Z1 compact?

4. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wow...Good work Sony...ROM developers will have something to work on :)

5. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

So nice to see they still support Xperia L through AOSP.

9. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Oh, wait no it ain't included. Drat.

6. josephnero

Posts: 787; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

goodguy sony

7. muhammed50

Posts: 20; Member since: May 29, 2015

that is great job sony.

8. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I still remember when the haters mock Sony about their updates, but now they are all hiding like a coward.

10. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

So this means, Sony releases Their own custom roms for their phones? like official custom rom? that's new. That's Amazing!

11. sukampret

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

nope, it is not new at all. Sony has been releasing AOSP for devs for years AFAIK. And no, it is not custom. AOSP as i know is "the original" version of android, and yes it is developed by Google. And the widely popular Google Android that we know is just a version of it, much like android vesion of nokia (microsoft), amazon, etc. Or if you like to compare Android Google to AOSP is like Ubuntu to Debian. Please, correct me if i'm wrong.

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