Sony announces support for Android M developer

Devices in Sony’s Open Device program can now run a preview build of Android M, which was released on Nexus devices several weeks ago.
It’s not suitable for daily use, but developers who need to test apps might be quite interested.
Sony’s Open Device program lets developers and enthusiasts run clean versions of Android from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
This requires an unlocked bootloader, which allows you to flash unsigned software to a device. Just like HTC and Motorola, you can unlock the bootloader on most Sony Xperia devices, but doing so voids the warranty and makes it possible to brick the device by flashing the wrong thing.
Caution is advisable, especially when you’re going to install a pre-release software image you built yourself, as is the case with the new Android M support.
Supported devices in the developer program include the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet, Z1, Z1 Compact, E3, M2, T2 Ultra, and T3. Sony is not posting a finished system image for Xperia devices like Google does for the Nexus line.
The big news here is that it has provided the binaries for Android M, which are basically the driver packages that make the phone’s essential hardware work with the software. However, Sony hasn’t yet implemented support for the camera or cellular modem on Android M, so this certainly won’t be your daily driver.
Source: Extreme Tech

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