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Sony to Extend its AOSP Program to Other Devices

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Sony will be offering its users the possibility to use AOSP ROMs as an alternative to the currently offered, skinned firmware. This is the result of agreement made with FXP group associated with both XDA and the CyanogenMod team, which took place a few years ago. One of the leaders of the project, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea, is heading this operation and was hired by Sony to lead the AOSP program.

AOSP support isn’t something new to Sony. Currently this Japanese OEM supports five devices—mainly flagship devices, but also the Xperia L, which is a popular mid-range device. Sony and Alin Jerpelea are planning to extend the program to other devices, which are yet to be released. Jerpelea expressed his pride in FXPs cooperation with developers from all around the world. Sony is offering its source code (device tree and kernel with a proper changelog) as a reference to other developers working on custom ROMs popular here at XDA.

Jerpelea emphasized the importance of the open source in the world of Android. Such an approach towards developers can bring only good things. FXP is a great example, since their developers made lots of contributions into the AOSP tree. Sony is willing to train more developers by releasing its source code and offering them resources to learn. One of Jerpelea’s responsibilities is creating guides and tutorials regarding Sony smartphones and tablets. Sony just released a SDK (Software Development Kit) for their “Smart Eyeglass”. However, some could claim that said openness would not be as important to Sony as it seems, as Alin Jerpelea is working alone in this section. However, as he emphasized in his interview at xda:devcon, he could always access the expertise of the entire Sony Group.

We are looking forward to seeing Sony working on open-sourced programs. As a developer community we would like to see other OEMs following the path made by Sony. Open-source friendly OEMs are something that Android in its current form craves the most. We wish Sony and its plans all the best.

[Big thanks to XDA Forum Moderator laufersteppenwolf for helping out with translation | via]

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Sony toying with stock Android ROMs for its major devices

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

sony xperia z3 first impressions aa (8 of 17)

Sony has been one of the more developer friendly OEMs over the past few years, opening up its bootloaders, kernel source code, and driver binaries to aid others in the development of custom ROMs and the like. The company looks set to take its relationship with the custom ROM community one step further, but providing stock Android (AOSP) ROMs for its major smartphones in the future.

Back in June, Alin Jerpelea from CyanogenMod’s FreeXperia team joined Sony’s Developer Program, and he has been giving a talk at the XDA Devcon this week about where Sony will be taking ROM support in the future. The key takeaway is that there is a major possibility of Sony offering officially supported AOSP ROMs for its popular smartphones.

However, Jerpelea will be working solo on any future ROM project, meaning that development is likely to be gradual and limited to a number of handsets. Flagship smartphones are the most likely to receive direct support, although ASOP-ROMs from Sony are already available for the Xperia L, Z, ZL, S, and Tablet Z.

Additional support will clearly be helpful for all of the AOSP based ROMs out there, that are based on Sony handsets. The benefit for Sony is that the growing ROM community could be more likely to adopt its handsets over the less developer friendly OEMS.

With the front for Google Play Edition smartphones quieting down lately, Sony is putting itself in a unique position. Do you think that a greater number of hardware manufacturers should provide customers with a choice between stock and OEM versions of Android?

Via: Android Next;
Source: Golem (translated);

Android M chatter starting before L has been released

Posted by wicked September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


To some, Android L is already old news. Google engineers discussing things on the Android Open Source Project thread mention an upcoming version of Android multiple times. Unsurprisingly, the said version was called Android M. This follows Google’s alphabetical order for labeling Android versions.

We have yet to find out Android L’s sweet name, but that does not stop anyone from speculating Android M’s. Names being tossed around right now include mint and marshmallow. If Google wanted to go with the branded route, like KitKat, they could target Milky Way or Mallomars.

What do you think Android M should be called?

Source: Myce

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OnePlus One gets its own Stock Android ROM

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

OnePlus promised to be different and, to some extent, they are. That desire to be unique and to never settle shows up once again today as OnePlus revealed a gift for lovers of a 100 percent, pure, vanilla Android experience: A stock Android ROM just for the OnePlus One, complete with a gapps download, and instructions for flashing, all without voiding your warranty.

This stock Android image is somewhat amusing. OnePlus One already has the distinction of being the only commercial product that actually runs a custom ROM, although modified, out of the box. Sure, the OPPO N1 could have had that honor, except for the fact that the CM-toting N1 was only a limited edition and the regular versions only allowed dual booting at the very least. Given how CyanogenMod is itself already quite close to an AOSP-based vanilla Android setup, it might seem that this stock Android ROM is a bit redundant.

CyanogenMod, however, does add quite a bit on top of plain Android, which is evident when you compare it to the version running on a Nexus, which itself is also modified by Google. Most of the CM bits are there mostly for convenience primarily and, in the case of very specific CM features like CM Account, to add value. What this stock ROM provides, then, is a jumping board for other OnePlus One compatible ROMs, features, and development that could come out in the near future. One interesting note that OnePlus makes is that flashing this stock ROM does not void your device warranty, definitely an unconventional arrangement. Bricked devices, however, are not covered by that warranty.

A smartphone with flagship specs at half the price, CyanogenMod 11 out of the box, stylized back covers starting with bamboo, support of two of the largest custom ROM communities, and, now, its very own stock ROM. OnePlus One is turning out to be quite a dream come true, except that it is slowly becoming a nightmare for some. With yet another wave of invites raffled off, there doesn’t seem to be any sign that OnePlus will be making this One available to the general public, which makes trying to get a OnePlus One feel like trying to win a lottery. Considering how they are handing out invites anyway, it technically is.


Kernel source files for LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live released by Google

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Google, via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), has made the official kernel files for the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch available for download. This is good news for developers who want to work on developing custom ROMs for the devices or fine tune apps to take full advantage of the platform. Being smartwatch devices, this should also help those developers who want to create unique watch faces for the devices.

In releasing the code, Bill Yi on the Android Building Google Group indicated the development team is planning a “full platform push” for the next version of Android, currently dubbed Android L.

If you want to grab the source, hit the source link below.


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Google uploads part of the Android Wear source code to AOSP

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Eager wearable developers can now get their hands on the source code for Android Wear devices, or at least part of it, as Google has uploaded version 4.4w_r1 of the wearable code to the AOSP repository. However, this is only a partial release related to GPL projects for devices which are currently shipping, much like what we have seen with the Android L developer preview.

Files for this new release can be found under the android-4.4w_r1 tag in the repository. Active development branches of the wearable code can be found under the kitkat-wear directory, hence 4.4w, which is where future patches and minor updates will be placed. Speaking of which, we can probably expect a number of changes to the wearable code as Google works out the bugs and kinks of its new platform.

Android Wear AOSP screenshot

In addition, Kernel sources for the LG G Watch (Dory) and Samsung Gear Live (Sprat) have also appeared in the directly for download, which might help out developers looking to work with these particular smartwatches.

Although this is only a partial release of the full code, Bill Yi has explained that Google will be making a full platform push for Android’s next milestone release, Android L, which will offer developers much more to work with.

The release of the full Android Wear source code, expected around the launch of Android L later this year, will open up the platform to developers wishing delve into the finer details. It’s going to be interesting to see what developers can find to tweak and what new ideas they can pull from the code.


If you haven’t heard already, XDA is putting on its second annual xda:devcon. This year, we’re doing it international style and holding the even in Manchester, UK on the weekend of September 26-28. We have great sponsors from Sony and Oppo who joined us last year, to newcomer OnePlus. However, it takes more than great sponsors to make an event like the successful, it takes great speakers.

Returning to xda:devcon is a speaker from last year. Founding member of the “Free Xperia Project” and now a Community Manager with Sony Developer Relations, Alin Jerpelea has a core technical background and has been active on XDA since 2006 on multiple platforms.

At xda:devcon ’13, Jerpelea gave a presentation entitled “Android on Legacy Devices – Use It or Lose It.” In that presentation, he holds a dialog with the audience and talks about how Android support on legacy devices from developers is demanded by a lot of people because manufacturers rarely release Android updates. Developers and members at XDA work hard to support devices on new Android versions. Jerpelea pondered how much we should push those devices. Is it enough to have the latest Android version booted, or do we want more? Check out the video to see what they have to say on this video from last year.

This year, Jerpelea returns and offers up another excellent presentation. This time, he will be giving a talk entitled “AOSP For Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future.” Have you ever wonders what Sony is doing to open up for more collaboration and more innovation in the Open Source community? In this session Alin will share with you where Sony is taking AOSP for Xperia in the short term. Sony wants to support external community innovation, so Alin will discuss how Sony will improve their work on openness around AOSP.

Join us September 26 to 28 in Manchester for XDA:DevCon 2014. Register to attend using this link for exclusive savings. Hurry as the Early Bird registration ends August 1st.

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Browse the New AOSP Code Commits in Android L Developer Preview

Posted by Will Verduzco July - 3 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

android l aosp changelog

It’s been just one week since Google introduced Android L to the world at the Google I/O 2014 opening keynote. In the time since, we’ve gotten our hands on the developer preview release and even managed to root it. Then in a surprising move, Google decided to open source part of the Android L codebase in limited capacity.

We don’t yet have the complete L source code, and likely won’t until its official release in the Fall. However, the fine folks over at FunkyAndroid have done what they do best by listing out every code commit available in the recently open sourced component of the Android L developer preview.

The FunkyAndroid team has already given us developer changelogs for Android,4.4.2_r2, 4.4.3, and 4.4.4. Now, they’ve gone ahead and given us yet another developer changelog for the open source components of the Android L developer preview. As always, this service is made possible thanks to an open source script released by none other than former AOSP lead JBQ.

In a change from usual operating procedures, today’s changelog comes in two forms: a version with chromium-related changes and a version without. The former racks in about 60k commits, while the latter roughly halves that. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this list only looks at the partial source code that was made available two days ago. As such, not every change has made it into this list, and there are even potentially changes in this list that aren’t in the developer preview images.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Android L Preview Hits AOSP for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 (Updated)

Posted by Kellex July - 2 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

When Google released the Android L Developer Preview last week to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), I can imagine that a number of you were disappointed – namely those with a Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) or Nexus 10. While Google still hasn’t released flashable images for any of those devices today, they have pushed Android L code for each to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which means that your favorite developer will likely having something for you shortly in the form of a ROM

Once that happens and you get to flashing, you may want to cruise through the substantial list of Android L features we have already covered in a number of posts. You will find overviews of goodies like the new Quick Settings Panel, multi-tasking,  managing notifications, Heads-Up notifications, an improved Android Beam, Do Not Disturb mode, and more. To catch the full list, you will want to start here.

AOSP Links:  Nexus 5 | Nexus 4 | Nexus 10 | Nexus 7 (2013) | Nexus 7 (2013) LTE | Nexus 7 (2012) | Nexus 7 (2012) 3G

Update:  As has been noted in the comments, this is not full source, so no ROMs just yet. Meh.

Android L Preview Hits AOSP for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

Google posts Android L preview source code for various Nexus devices

Posted by wicked July - 2 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


The preview of Android L can now be tried on additional Nexus devices. Last week at Google I/O, the source code was made available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) while others were left out. Google has added the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4 to the Android L preview. Older Nexus devices like the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S are obviously being left behind due to age.

Hit the break for individual links to each device.

Source: AOSP

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