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.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve selected the Hero Open Source Developer for the months of September and October – David Viteri of Milan, Italy. Learn more about his contributions, and how you could be recognised, after the jump.
Shane Francis is awarded the title as the latest Hero Open Source Developer for his extensive commits enabling the use of the fingerprint sensor on the AOSP Z5 phone series. Read more about Shane and how you can become the next Hero Open Source Developer after the jump.
Today, we’ve added a new AOSP Marshmallow experimental platform to our Open Device program. This provides an opportunity to develop custom ROMs for Xperia devices based on the very latest AOSP branch. It also allows for the addition of the Xperia X to the Open Device program as well as compatibility with most other supported devices.
We are happy to announce March and April’s Hero Open Source Developer – Florent Revest, a computer science student in Toulouse, France. Florent has made a major contribution to the open source community by porting Tetra code into unified kernel. Learn more about what this means and how you can be named the next Hero Open Source Developer after the jump.
We’ve just released new build guides on how to build Linux mainline kernel for Xperia devices and how to build a minimal version of Linux for Xperia devices. With these assets, you can experiment with IoT prototyping, or join the development of support for Xperia devices in the Linux kernel. Learn about this, and find out how the Open Device program got its start after the jump.
A few months ago, we announced the availability of recovery mode for a range of unlocked Xperia devices. Support for this feature is now available on previously unsupported, unlocked devices – Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2 Tablet, and Xperia Z2. Find out more about how to use recovery mode for kernel development and troubleshooting after the jump.
To make it easier for community developers to work with the Xperia™ devices supported in our Open Device program, we are now providing instructions for how to access the UART ports on these. UART ports are extremely useful when working on embedded development, and are commonly used by developers to observe boot and debug messages, interact with the system via a shell, and for kernel development. Click on read more to go straight to the instructions.
Today, we’ve made an open source camera implementation available to use with AOSP for Xperia. This developer-only camera is available for select devices in our Open Device program and the development snapshot will enable developers to create a custom ROM with basic camera functionality. Please note that the open source camera, based on Qualcomm© framework, lacks all the Sony unique enhancements, is not calibrated, and is not designed for daily use.