Recently, I had the opportunity to talk at XDA DevCon in Manchester about Sony Mobile’s approach to AOSP. We’ve seen a lot of engagement on the subject – lots of comments, lots of questions – so we wanted to share more details and clarify a few points about the work we do to provide binaries and source code to community developers. The binaries and source code are then used as a base when community developers are compiling their own custom ROMs.
If you’re an open source developer working with custom ROMs and kernels, or if you’re part of the custom ROMs community, we have some great news for you. As yet another step in our strive for openness, our Unlock boot loader service is now re-launched with improved usability. It will now be easier to go through the steps it takes to unlock a device.
We have now added support for Xperia™ Tablet Z to our flash tool for Xperia™ devices. With this tool, you can flash Sony software on devices with the boot loader unlocked. And now there is software available for Xperia™ Tablet Z (SGP321 and SGP311). Get all the information you need on the flash tool page.
One of our most popular services here at Developer World is the flash tool for Xperia devices, which lets you flash Sony software on a device with unlocked boot loader. This is convenient if you want to go from a custom ROM to generic Sony software. We’ve now added software for several more models, most recently Xperia go, Xperia ray and Xperia neo V. At the moment, we support 13 different models, including Xperia Z and Xperia T. Check out the list of supported devices or click the read more link below for more information!
A while ago, the Sony Xperia™ News room shared an update on our plans to upgrade certain Xperia™ devices to Jelly Bean. Since then we have received quite a few requests from the Android™ developer community to release an earlier version of the Jelly Bean (JB) software for the developers. This way, advanced developers could try it out and evaluate it, in a similar way to how we did it last year with the ICS alpha release. Please note that there are several limitations to this alpha software, for instance the UI look and feel is not updated to final Sony Jelly Bean software. Read more after the jump!
Today, we release a beta version of our new flash tool for Xperia devices, which enables you to put on standard Sony software* on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone which has the boot loader unlocked. This functionality has often been requested by the open Android™ community, and now we’re glad to support it. Please note that the phone still stays unlocked, and that the warranty may still be voided. As this is a beta version, only a limited number of phone models are supported to begin with. Read on for instructions and more information, and to find out how provide us feedback – we are really eager to hear what you think!
Have you heard about Linaro? It’s a non-profit organisation made up of eight members working to improve the Linux kernel for ARM architectures (ARM is one of the largest processor developers in the industry). At Sony, we think this initiative is really great, and we can see clear benefits of cooperating in Linux development. Read on as Tony Månsson, Linux developer at Sony, explains why Linaro is so important, and how you can get started on working on the kernel yourself.
Upon request we’re today releasing an Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) beta for Xperia™ PLAY, and we’re really interested in getting your feedback on this beta release. As games are such a crucial part of Xperia™ PLAY, we would like to know how well this ICS beta for Xperia™ PLAY works when you’re playing games. Read on for download links and installation instructions!
Today we release an Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) beta ROM, as a follow up to the previously released ICS alpha ROM. In line with our goal to support the open developer community, we want to give you the chance to try out our coming upgrade to ICS (Android™ 4.0) in this beta version.
While the ICS alpha ROM was an early preview, the ICS beta ROM have passed some certifications such as Modem type approval, and important functions like FM radio and GSM are turned on. However, additional certification and approval is needed before an official upgrade can be released. As previously communicated, we will upgrade all 2011 Xperia™ smartphones running on Android to ICS. Read more to find out what’s included in the beta ROM, and what other limitations apply.