Sony has always been a developer friendly smartphone manufacturer and after the interest generated by the Android Open Source Project for Xperia S phone, the company has decided to create an AOSP project for Xperia Z as well. Sony Xperia Z is the company’s latest flagship smartphone and the AOSP project will allow better Android development around the device and one day if it becomes stable enough, it would also turn out to be an alternative to consumers, who would like to put stock Android on their Xperia Z smartphone.
“Remember our Android Open Source Project for Xperia S? Because of the great interest we saw in that project, we’ve now decided to create an AOSP project for Xperia Z as well. This means that the software will be open for you as a developer to use and contribute to,” Sony noted in a blog post.
Developers can now find the open-source code related to Xperia Z smartphone on Sony’s Github page.
As per the current state of development shared by Sony, there are actually a lot of things working already. It boots up, and we have the SD-card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, LED light, and sensors working (at least partially).
Modem and camera are also working internally for Sony, but as these need proprietary binaries, Sony is not sharing them right now. We hope they are release on a later date or the company and developer find alternatives for them.
You can read more about the project and how you can contribute to it in the company’s post on the developer blog.