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Sony support for AOSP Android builds on all its Qualcomm-based devices

Even if Sony is not the best or the fastest in updating its phones, it does take into consideration support for AOSP more than any other manufacturer. It usually contributes tons of code to Android and it encourages devs to work on their unlocked devices. Sony just announced AOSP support for Xperia E3 and Xperia T3, which means that most if not all Qualcomm-based phones made in 2014 will be running on pure Android soon.

 

This mopve is part of Sony’s open device project where they do not provide Android ROMs but they do release the hardware binaries for each device. These drivers help devs roll their own versions of Android and the ones we are talking about are destined to KitKat and Lollipop. Sony even gives out instructions on building Android from the AOSP.

 

 

 

The current supported devices are Xperia E3, Xperia T3, T2 Ultra, Z3, M2, Z3 Compact and others. In order to flash non-standard Android builds you have to unlock the bootloader which means the warranty will be void. So be careful!

 

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Sony Xperia T3 launched – a good looking phone with a mid-level tech construction

Sony Xperia T3 is a new phone from the Nippon company coming on the market this month and it promises a mid-range construction and a large screen to go with it. It is a 5.3-inch Android device with more of an industrial design and a medium technical construction. It becomes available in mid-July on the global market.

Sony, source Sony
Sony, source Sony

The phone has a pretty slick body available in white, black and purple, and it presents a 5.3 inch screen “triluminous” LCD with a 720p resolution for a pixel density of 227 ppi. It is, thus, less sharp than other products on the market, but it is still not too shabby. Under the chassis you will find a quad core processor running at 1.4 Ghz with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage space. The phone also has a microSD slot and a 2500 mAh battery that can hold on for around a day. It also has two cameras, a front snapper with a 1.1 MP sensor and a primary camera with an 8 MP sensor.

Sony Xperia T3 colors, source Sony
Sony Xperia T3 colors, source Sony

Sony Xperia T3 has no water resistant coating but it comes equipped with the most recent Android OS, KitKat, and has various Sony specific additions, including gaming and media or camera tricks. The device looks pretty good; it will definitely be a seller.

Below you can see the phone specifications as presented by Sony:

Design and display

  • 5.3″ HD (1280×720) display
  • TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile
  • Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • STAMINA mode

Memory

  • RAM: 1 GB
  • 8 GB flash memory (internal)*****
  • Up to 32 GB microSD™ (card slot)

Networks

  • GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G)
  • UMTS HSPA (3G)
  • LTE (4G)

Camera and video

  • 8 MP camera with auto focus Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Video recording 1080 p
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) for photos and videos
  • 4x digital zoom
  • 1.1 MP Front-facing camera (720p)
  • Geotagging
  • HD video recording (1080p)
  • Image stabiliser
  • Object tracking – lock focus on a specific object
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene recognition
  • Pulsed LED flash
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Superior Auto – automatic scene selection
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus
  • Touch capture
  • White balance
  • Image capture, supported format: JPEG
  • Image playback supported formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WebP
  • Video recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4
  • SteadyShot™ – video stabilisation

Pre-loaded applications

  • Google Maps for Mobile with Street view**
  • Sony Select
  • Web browser (WebKit)
  • Google Chrome**
  • Google Play**
  • Google Voice Search**
  • Google Search**

Connectivity and communication

  • Wi-Fi® Miracast – Wireless audio and video connection between devices
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • DLNA Certified
  • Native USB tethering
  • NFC
  • Screen mirroring
  • Smart Connect
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync®, Facebook™, Google™ and SyncML™*
  • USB charging
  • USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
  • Xperia Link
  • Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality
  • Miracast™
  • aGPS

Source: SonyMobile