Xperia XZ Premium now part of Sony’s Open Devices Program

Sony adds Xperia XZ Premium to its Open Devices Program, developers will now be able to build and flash their ‘own version’ of Android Nougat on the smartphone

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Highlights

    • Xperia XZ Premium addes to Sony’s Open Devices Program
    • Developers can now build custom ROMs on the device
    • Building Android 7.1 is currently “experimental”

Sony Mobile on Tuesday announced that it has added Sony Xperia XZ Premium to its Open Devices Program. With the flagship now being a part of this program, developers will now be able to build and flash their ‘own version’ of Android Nougat on the Xperia XZ Premium.

Sony on its press note cited that this software is basically meant for developers and can be unstable due to its early stage. Developers who are new to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) can get started by follow the guideline provided by Sony on their site developer.sonymobile.com

“You can access all the resources you need through our Open Devices page on Developer World. We value our open source community and welcome you to participate in our projects via GitHub. Feel free to provide feedback on further resources you may need and where we can improve,” Sony said in its press note.

For those unfamiliar, Sony ‘periodically’ releases software binaries and build instructions for its devices and allows developers to create their own custom ROMs. The company provide AOSP device configurations on GitHub for some of its smartphones. Through the Open device program, Sony tries to support the open Android community and takes it as a tool to ‘facilitate and verify’ contributions to AOSP.

Developers who want to build a ROM for the flagship Xperia XZ Premium phone or want to participate in Sony’s GitHub can check Sony’s developer website for more information. The company notes that building Android 7.1 is currently “experimental” and it could create stability issues and essential functions might be disabled.