Sony Mobile has just launched its new Android Open Source Project, which is meant for its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z. This is not a first, as a similar project was released in the summer of 2012, for the Xperia S. It seems that Sony has launched the project due to a great interest for the Xperia Z coming for the general public. No matter what reason the company may have, the project basically allow the developers ro use the open software of the Xperia Z.
On the other hand, the company is expecting the developers to make their contribution to the software, because, even though the it’s open and available, the Xperia Z software cannot be used by just anyone. Specifically, the software does seem to function in some ways, but some of its key pieces are not included. For instance, the company has stated that, even though the camera and modem can function internally, both items need proprietary software that can’t be published.
Anyway, Sony has mentioned that the Xperia Z AOSP is a way for the company to be a part of the open Android community. Also, Sony wants to verify contributions to the Android Open Source Project on the MSM8064 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro platform. The developers interested in the project can look for the code by heading to the company’s GitHub page Here.
Even though the camera and the modem are not working, there are other things that do work. For instance, the software lets you read the SD Card, and use the Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS, and the LED notification light and sensors. Several other binaries have been made public by Qualcomm and Sony, and they are offered by the developer partners of the phone maker, but unfortunately they can be used in the project as none of them are open source code. Nevertheless, Sony promises that in the future it will attempt to replace some of the binaries with open source code.