+ Sunday December 15th, 2019

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   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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vijay alapati
vijay alapati

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

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