Last week, Sony released a few details about its new Concept for Android OS and began the search for 500 Swedish beta testers. Now, a few leaked screenshots have shown up, giving us a little look at Sony’s experimental vision for Android.
Overall, Sony’s Concept for Android is rather stock looking piece of software, with minimal clutter and the grey and white menus that you would usually find on a Nexus handset, which is sure to be a contentious point of preference.
All we know about Sony’s latest concept OS so far is that it is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and is designed to be close to a stock Android experience. The company is keeping its own input to a minimum, with only a small selection of its own most popular apps included with the OS. Sony’s Album, Camera, Music and Xperia Lounge apps are still present in the screenshots.
Sony is using the beta program to figure out what features customers like, as well as to tweak and bug test. Future updates may add or remove features based on feedback. The company is also said to be deciding whether or not this type of slimmed down OS would be suitable for some of its future products.
Do you like the thought of more stock-like Xperia devices, or is Sony doing itself a disservice by rolling back its software tweaks?