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Sony releases source code and binaries for more Xperia devices

Sony seems to like custom ROMs and anything that has to do with them and now it has released AOSP Lollipop source codes and binaries for its Xperia Z line. After they showed that the Android 5.0 stock version runs on most Xperia Z3, Sony has posted the source code and binaries for the Xperia Z3, Z2, Z1, Z1 Compact and Z3 Compact.

 Devs can now use the kernel source to build their own stock Android versions for the aforementioned devices. Of course, they can use the source code to create their own custom ROMs. The binaries include different features and tools to make the hardware work without being dependent to Sony’s custom Android version.

If you’re interested in the source code and binaries, you can go to Sony’s dev page where you will find the ZIP file worth 90 MB. Don’t forget that, in order to flash a ROM to your Xperia, you will have to unlock the bootloader.

Source: Sony

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Sony shows AOSP builds for Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3

Sony is working on releasing some functional versions of Android Lollipop based on open-source code. They’ve managed to complete some AOSP builds for its flagships, including Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3.

The builds are not destined to end users, because they do not include reliability or functionality. Moreover, they do not include standard apps or even Google Play Store, which most people believe are stock Android features. The builds are made public mainly as a starting point for custom ROMs at the moment.

Sony has become more open minded towards bootloaders and mods, which means Sony products will be easier to use in the aftermarket development stage than other devices.

 

 

The updated binaries for the Xperia devices were not posted yet, which means users will not be able to compile versions of AOKP running on Z1, Z2 or Z3. They will be posted soon enough, as Sony officially posted, even if Sony is not going that far as to release customer-ready stock Android builds just yet.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

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Sony’s hoard of Xperia Z devices gets upgrade to Android Lollipop

Sony’s devices will get Android Lollipop soon, and most of its recent devices are getting the upgrade! All of Sony’s Z devices will be getting the upgrade and that is a whole lot of handsets!

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition is the first device to receive the upgrade, but in the list you can find Xperia Z, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2 tablet, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z1, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia ZR, and Xperia ZL.

Sony’s upgrades will begin in early 2015 and the first to get it will be Xperia Z1 and Z2 unlocked devices. Carrier phones will get a few OTAs as well probably, but it seems that Sony itself is eager to upgrade all of its devices.

Source: Sony

 

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T Mobile’s Xperia Z1 gets well-deserved update to KitKat

The T Mobile Xperia Z1 is finally getting its update to KitKat! Sony usually forgets about its flagships in the USA and forgets to release updates for them but, after more than half a year, the tides have turned and Android 4.3 can finally say goodbye to the device.

This OTA pushes the Z1 to Android 4.4.4 to the build number 14.4.b.0.37. Owners will find the update by reaching the update menu or through the PC companion app. Among the improvements users will find are the usual KitKat system features and UI tweaks but the most important are Wi Fi calling, Smart Band SWR10 compatibility, a new and improved boot animation and other bug fixes.  

This update will work only with the stock software, the unmodified version, so users who played around with their OS will have to roll back to the initial system interface. 

Source: XDA

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