Sony has decided to create an Android Open Source Project for its 2013 flagship, the Sony Xperia Z.
ChaOS is an custom Android ROM, based on CyanogenMOD, that focuses on user control and customizing each piece of Android. The most notable feature of ChaOS is the theme engine. The entire framework has been modified around their theme engine allowing for maximum customization.
Jean-Baptiste M. “JBQ” Queru has announced that Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean has been officially released into the Android Open Source Project along with the matching proprietary binaries.
Nexus devices are full of Android perks. One of the perks of being part of the Nexus family is factory images. Google provides these for Nexus users so that they... can easily return their phones or tablets back to an out of box, factory condition should the need ever arise. Thankfully, the Nexus 4 factory image has reappeared on the Google Developers site...
Back in November we reported that Google had released the original Android 4.2.1 code to AOSP. Now it seems that Google has released some updated code in the form of the newly tagged android-4.2.1_r1.1 and android-4.2.1_r1.2.
Jean-Baptiste Quéru, one of the guys responsible for maintaing the Android Open Source Project (ASOP), was recently asked why Google pulled down the factory images for the Nexus 4. This was his response: “I can’t comment on that, sorry.”
Android 4.2.1 started rolling out earlier today to the Nexus 4, 7 and 10. If all you want to do is use your device, that’s fine. Those who want to dig deep into the code will be happy to know that now the source code for Android 4.2.1 is available as part of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
In addition to launching the new Nexus devices today, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and 32GB Nexus 7 flavors, Google has also started rolling out Android 4.2 updates for some of the existing, “older,” Nexus smartphones and tablets. Moreover, the company has also pushed out Android 4.2 to AOSP, which means developers can already tinker with it.
Back in August, the Sony Xperia S was added to the list of target devices for the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) as part of an experiment that would hopefully see the device getting Nexus-like update support. As of today, the Xperia S has been taken off the list of target devices, but Sony hopes to continue the project.
Sony shows good will by publishing Xperia S binaries for the AOSP project. This should make it easier to port stock Android to the Sony Xperia S, and it could be a sign for a Sony Nexus device in the future.