Of all the major Android manufacturers out there, Sony’s been one of the most vocal when it comes to supporting the dev community, and a big part of those efforts has been Sony’s work at making AOSP builds available for many of its models, phones and tablets alike. We’ve been watching it work at this for years now, and today the company announces that it’s just hit a pretty noteworthy accomplishment along these lines, completing AOSP coverage for every Xperia model running a Snapdragon chip that’s been released this year.
The last hold-outs to join the rest of the Xperia family with AOSP support are the Xperia E3 and Xperia T3; the T3’s that 5.3-incher from back in June, while the E3 is a more petite 4.5-inch model that launched at IFA (and for which we’re already looking forward to a possible successor). Those join other 2014 devices like the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact with their own corresponding GitHub AOSP projects.
What does this mean for you, especially since you’re probably not developing code yourself? Access to these codebases will only make it that much easier for independent devs to create custom ROMs for Sony phones – or at least give them strong starting points. And that means more options available for you.
With 2015 Sony launches likely just weeks away, we’re hoping that the manufacturer keeps it up with this solid AOSP support.