Sony has certainly been turning quite a few heads in the mobile world as of late. Not only are the Sony Xperia Z and its variants stunning, the company has also come a long way when it comes to supporting the developer community. This effort largely began with the Sony Xperia S’ AOSP project, and has expanded from there. In fact, just last month Sony’s flagship Xperia Z also got the AOSP treatment. Now Sony is extending the same gift to the Xperia Tablet Z.
The Android 4.2.2 AOSP build is obviously not certified by Sony and is warned to not be “for everyday use”, but that doesn’t make its existence any less significant. For one thing, it makes it much easier for developers to get to work on bringing us brillant mods and custom ROMs geared towards the Tablet Z.
Just remember that, unless you have developer experience, you are best not bothering with this build just yet.
So what all is working? Sony doesn’t give us a full list, though they do admit that some features and apps will not be present, including things like Google Play. Additionally, you can expect proprietary pieces to be left out of the build.
We are excited to see Sony playing nice with the developer community, as this goes along way in winning over new fans in the Android world. Now here’s to hoping that they take things a step further by following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S4 Google Edition with an Xperia that runs stock Android. One can dream, right?
For those of you brave enough to give the AOSP build a go, you can grab the source code by heading over to Sony’s GitHub page.