Since late 2012, Sony has been working to add Android Open Source Project (AOSP) support for some of its devices in order to make life easier for custom ROM developers. Today that effort is continuing with the addition of two new Sony handsets.
The Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 have been added to the AOSP for Xperia project. Users can grab the configurations for both devices at the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. As with past releases, Sony notes that these builds aren’t meant for daily use, saying that the camera isn’t working and the modem isn’t enabled, meaning that you can’t make phone calls.
In addition to the arrival of the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 in the AOSP for Xperia project, Sony has created one unified kernel for its devices based on the Qualcomm MSM8974 platform. That means that developers can now use the single kernel in their work rather than hunting down different kernels for each device.
Finally, Sony has updated the Xperia Z’s AOSP for Xperia build to the latest version of Android. The Xperia Z originally joined the program in mid 2013.
While this news doesn’t mean much for end users, it exciting news for developers that like to build custom ROMs for their Android devices. Not only is it great to see Sony continuing to support the AOSP for Xperia project, but it’s even better than it’s doing so with recent high-end hardware like the Xperia Z2 and Z1.