Open Devices 2016 – new supported devices, improved camera and more

The Open Device project has accomplished a lot in 2016. Read about everything that’s been going on the past year, from newly added devices, the introduction of Android N and more.

New devices and support for Android N and M
Sony introduced several new devices to the market in 2016, and the Open Device team has worked hard to support both new and older models. This year, Open Device support has been added to the Xperia Z5 family, the Xperia X and the Xperia X Compact.

With the introduction of Android N in August, Open Device support for this platform was added for these newer devices as well as the greater part of the Xperia Z family. For older devices, the 3.10 kernel was also developed to enable a greater functionality for all devices supported on Android M.

To keep users and developers in the loop on current Open Devices platform functionality, a platform functionality page was also made and placed in the Open Device section. This helps interested parties to stay informed on specific functionalities on both Android M and Android N platforms.


Improved camera functionality
Another important advancement for Open Device users with a Z4 tablet, Z5 or X series phone has been the updated device configurations allowing for a new camera framework. Through this framework, the camera stability and autofocus has been significantly improved, although still lacking in comparison to the official Sony software. Check out this video to see the improved camera function in action.

Hero Developers
The Hero developer initiative was started two years ago and throughout 2016 another four Hero Developers were announced for their extensive commits to the Open Devices AOSP. For more information on the winners and becoming a Hero Developer yourself, take a look at the Hero Developer page here on Developer World.

Apart from the Hero Developers, Developer World would also like to thank Angel Gioacchino Del Regno and Adam Farden from the FreeXperia team for being our best kernel contributors, as well as everyone else that has made commits the past year and helped keep the Open Devices project going. We really appreciate your collaboration, and we hope you’ll keep working with us next year!

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  1. By Amit Chaudhary


    I think it is the best article and you provide a relevant information to all. Sony acquainted a few new gadgets with the market in 2016, and the Open Device group has endeavored to help both new and more established models

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  2. By JrmTech Ankur


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  4. By Er Abhi


    Me and my friend’s by Sony Xperia L1 and we love sony mobiles and other products.
    I want to review L1 as everything is good in this phone but we have got an issue with incoming calls.
    The issue is that phone display has delay response in wake up during incoming calls
    If someone calling to xperia L1 then notification LED and ring tones start at same time but unable to receive call same time due to diplay light has delay response.
    We have tried this with 3 xperia L1 in Dubai.
    We believe sony will look after this issue and release a software update.
    Thanks Abhi

  5. By S Saeed


    Please answer. How? I can

  6. By S Saeed


    Answer please

  7. By S Saeed


    Hi. I am going to contact sony smartphones designer. Can you help me??

  8. By Alessander Optica Orquidea


    i ask for help for International Sony , cause , in the Brazil , your company dont respect the customer .

    Bellow the expalnation in POrtuguese :SONY vs. XING LING 11/01/2017 Recebi resposta da Sony . Início da conversa no bate-papo 3,2 M pessoas curtiram isso, incluindo Elina Karan e outros 41 amigos Empresa 10:24 Xperia z3 com problema , ja foi 2 vezes para assistencia com o mesmo problema . A sony alega que como nao deu 30 dias na assistencia entao nao vai trocar o aparelho . Meu aparelho atende o artigo 18 paragrafo 1 do CDC . O MESMO TEMPO QUE ESTAREI SEM SMARTPHONE , SERA O TEMPO QUE VOU POSTAR NAS REDES SOCIAS minha indignaçao com essa politica de empurrar com a BARRIGA 05/01/2017 A SAC Ref. Smartphone Xperia Z3 10 de Janeiro de 2017. Por meio do presente , informo que meu aparelho apresenta um VICIO OCULTO , pois o mesmo esquenta demasiadamente e segue de travamento do touch screen . O mesmo produto permaneceu na Assistencia Tecnica por 30 dias , e 01 semana depois de retira-lo , ele , voltou para tal com o mesmo problema . O VICIO OCULTO agora passa a ser um DEFEITO , pois , como usuário , para não ficar impossibilitado de trabalhar tive que adquirir um outro aparelho. Desta forma , fica configurado que estou sendo lesado pelo produto , haja visto , esse defeito estar me afetando diretamente como consumidor em minhas atividades profissionais. Desta forma me enquadro no Art. 18 paragrafo 1 , inciso 1º. .Devido a meu cônjuge ter um segundo aparelho exatamente do mesmo modelo , sei que o o meu produto está com DEFEITO , apesar de externamente aparentar perfeitas condições como os srs. Podem comprovar. Sou fiel a marca Sony pois em minha residência tenho um Home Theater Muteki , minha TV Bravia 55” e 2 Xperia z3. NÃO GOSTARIA DE INICIAR UMA DEMANDA , pois não é interessante para ambas as partes, APENAS SOLICITO A TROCA IMEDIATA DO PRODUTO. Segue abaixo a sequencia dos acontecimentos : 1. Aparelho Aquecendo 2. Aquecimento aumentando a ponto de incomodar deixa-lo no bolso 3. Aquecimento e travamento 4. Blutooth não funciona 5. Assistencia Tecnica OS 69080 – Ficou pronto 05/01/2017 6. Assistencia Tecnica OS 87044 – Retorno a assistência 10/01/2017. Caracteristicas do Produto : Modelo : Xperia Ze Branco D664

  9. By Adama Diome


    Bonjour à tous aider moi si vous plaît
    Je veux débloquer bootloader sur mon téléphone ? Xperia c5 ultra dual

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