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Android 5.0 Lollipop source code available for Sony Xperia Z3, Z2 and more, AOSP flavored

Sony has tipped their hand, releasing AOSP Android 5.0 Lollipop source code for most of the Xperia line. This may not be the OS you want, but it means ROMS will be here soon.
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November 14, 2014
Sony Xperia Z3 Android 5.0 Lollipop

 

Sony Xperia Z3 Android 5.0 Lollipop

While we all wait for the official full release of Android 5.0 Lollipop for all of our devices, many manufacturers have taken advantage of the head start Google gave us and are pushing out previews or AOSP variants of Lollipop for us to play with.

This holds true today as Sony has published their source code for AOSP Android 5.0 Lollipop for a bunch of their best devices. On the list are phones like the Xperia Z3 and its predecessors the Z2 and Z1. In the same line, the Xperia Z1 Compact and Z3 Compact are also included.

Now, AOSP, that’s Android Open Source Project, means that this is a bit of a bare bones version of the OS. This is not the release you are looking for to flash to your phone and go on your merry way. This AOSP Lollipop release is what folks in the custom ROM community will need to build your next Lollipop ROM for your Sony phone.

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Of particular, and very important note, these pre-build software binaries and build instructions do not include Sony’s typical software, meaning, things like the camera and modem are not operational, but that’s OK, nobody uses these things to make actual phone calls anymore, do they?

So, what does this mean to most of us? Good news here folks, this is further confirmation of exactly which Sony devices will be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update soon.

If you would like to take a stab at creating a custom ROM, head on over to Sony’s Developer site to grab the binaries to get started.

Is this list of Sony devices destined for Android 5.0 Lollipop missing any entries that you were hoping for?