Sunday , August 20 2017

Have a recent-ish Sony handset? You can now try out Android M.

android m sony xperiaLast year, Google’s Android L preview was basically limited to its own line of Nexus devices. This year, Sony has decided to get in on the action, making the Android M preview available to users of most of its recent Xperia line of handsets. If you have one of the following devices, you can get in on the Android M preview:

  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia Z1
  • Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Xperia Z Ultra
  • Xperia E3
  • Xperia M2
  • Xperia T2 Ultra
  • Xperia T3

Unfortunately, though, it’s not quite as simple as it is for the Nexus handsets; you can’t just download a firmware image to flash. However, Sony has provided pretty good instructions to follow which will allow users to build the Android M preview for their selected Sony handset, and has provided the necessary software binaries to allow the handsets to function as fully as possible.

There are also some catches: the modem and camera are not implemented, so you’re really not going to want to use Android M on a Sony handset for anything other than development purposes. As a daily driver, it’s not going to be an awful lot of fun.

 

 
Source: Sony Developer.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

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vijay alapati
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love the idea of preview builds from companies like sony, hope others will follow soon,

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