Apr 23 AT 4:32 PM Dustin Earley 11 Comments

AOSP stock Android available now for Sony Xperia Z

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Sony’s willingness to support third-party developers and hackers is well known at this point. Just some months ago, with support from Google, Sony more or less turned the Xperia S into a Nexus smartphone. They provided all the binaries they could for the device, along with a developmental AOSP, stock Android, build for developers to play around with. Unfortunately, Google backed away from the project within a short time, and the Xperia S never became a bonafide AOSP managed device. But that didn’t stop Sony from keeping all the necessary files to run stock Android available on their github page.

Announced today on their developer blog, Sony is now doing the same thing with their latest flagship smartphone, and has released an AOSP build for the 5-inch 1080p Xperia Z, complete with as many binaries as they can possibly supply. Sony was able to provide the necessary files to get the SD-card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, LED light, and most sensors working, but cannot provide the binaries for the camera or modem. Although they do have both working well internally.

Because of the broken modem and camera support, along with a handful of bugs, AOSP for the Xperia Z isn’t ready for every day use quite yet, but it could be only a matter of time. A quick look on XDA shows that the Sony released AOSP code for the Xperia S was used to make a successful ROM. There’s little reason to believe the Xperia Z won’t follow suit. All the files needed for getting AOSP up and running on your Xperia Z are located on Sony’s github, ready for contribution from developers committed to making this project daily-driver worthy.

The decision to give developers and consumers the tools needed to customize the firmware on their Xperia S was, as you would imagine, very well received. Sony was celebrated for being open minded and receptive to consumer demands. Doing the same thing with the Xperia Z seals that reputation. What do you think of Sony’s decision to release vanilla Android for their flagship devices?

Source: Sony Developer Blog

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Nathan D.

    Awesome Sony, way to go. Sony night be a new favorite for people who love to root their phones.

    • elijahblake

      Now if they would only be supportive of hacking the ps3…

  • R.S

    Now all we need is for the Xperia Z to be available (in the US) as well.

  • CTown

    It’s most likely not Sony’s fault but not including camera drivers can be a pretty big deal. Look around forums like XDA, the most likely feature broken on AOSP ROMs is the camera. Still, now devs of that phone can put more time into hacking the camera instead of well, everything! So, it’s good to see Sony getting even closer to the modding community.

  • donger

    Sony needs more followers/supporters.

  • Malik Sundrani

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    My Name is Malik Sundrani. I had bought “Sony Xperia Z” on 31st March after studying about the phone on Sony Official Website

    The company website states :-

    1) Smart, sleek & durable

    No one knows how to best pack durability into a beautiful design like Sony. The slim 7.9 mm body, with its reflective glass surface, looks and feels slick, but Xperia Z is crafted to be water-resistant, dust-resistant and tough enough to handle whatever life has planned.

    2) Tough as metal

    How solid does a precision engineered smartphone need to be? How about as solid as a car? Xperia Z’s frame is made from glass fibre polyamide, the same material that’s used as a metal substitute in automobile parts.

    3) Durable glass

    The durable tempered glass on front and back is a lot stronger than conventional glass. And with anti-shatter film on the front and back, Xperia Z is anything but fragile.

    Unfortunately after 15 days of buying this Xperia Z the phone was been dropped by a kad at my home from dining table annd the screen Scattered the body also got cracked. I had been to Sony service Center and they do not even know the cost of repair. I tried to convince the the staff at service center that the website phone mentioned that the phone is strong so how did the glass schattered and the body.obtained crack from just 3 feet dining table.

    I have to say I have gone through a very bad experience from sony. Its.like wasting my INR 38,990/- . And I guess its gonna cost more for repair and I cannot afford to pay cos I do not earn much..i had bought this phone on monthly EMI from bank.

    Please look in to the matter. Looking forward to you Reply

    Many Thanks

    Malik Sundrani.
    [email protected]

  • Ichigo

    If only I was a big fan of stock android… unfortunately for me I’m not but great job Sony!

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  • Benny Wolfenden

    One more reason why I love my Xperia Z! I’ve already got a 99% functional AOSP ROM working on my Z, but this just makes it easier for the awesome devs to get that to 100%.

  • Praks

    Sony Xperia Z is such an amazing phone.. My friend showed it to me and it was stunning, may be i felt it big but brilliant.. Came across a review that impressed me.. Hope it helps..http://www.gadgetride.com/review/sony-xperia-z-full-review.html

  • ed

    Please hurry up, i have already removed the sony protector, installed the google keyboard, cant wait to get rid of all the sony and tmobile junk. Phone is awesome though.