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Google Nexus 6 Factory Images, 5.0 r7 Source Now Available

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Google continues to play its nightly game with the release of the latest 5.0.0_r7 revision of Lollipop. The updated code isn’t everything, as the Mountaon View giant decided to publish the factory image for yet another Nexus device–and surprisingly, it’s not the Nexus 7 GSM, but rather, the Google Nexus 6. Original Android developers have also released new versions of the OS for other devices in the last few days, so it’s a wise choice to check if your build is up-to-date.

The Google Nexus 6, codenamed Shamu is one of the latest devices presented by Google. It is produced by Motorola and is one of the most powerful devices currently available to buy. Google hadn’t published the factory image since its release, so the waiting period was over 2 weeks long. Alongside the image, the binaries required to create fully working custom ROMs have also been published.

It seems that Android 5.0 isn’t quite finished, given how Google addressed another batch of issues discovered since the initial release. You can check what has been changed in these two gits. Just like with android-5.0.0_r6, the source can be updated with the following code:

repo init -b android-5.0.0_r7 && repo sync

You can also start from scratch and initialize this manifest:

repo init -u -b android-5.0.0_r7

Factory images can come in handy when some unexpected issues struck. You can grab them by visiting Factory Images for Nexus Devices webpage. Binaries can be downloaded from the Nexus Binaries page where all necessary files are located.

[Big thanks to XDA Recognized Developer cybojenix for the help!]

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Android 5.0 AOSP sources, binaries land for Xperia Z3

Posted by wicked November - 14 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Before you start jumping for joy, no, this isn’t Android Lollipop for the Xperia Z3 and its predecessors. What Sony is announcing here instead is the availability of the source code and the pre-built software binaries for the Xperia flagship family all the way from the Xperia Z1. While it’s not exactly something that end users can use, it at least paves the way for custom ROMs to provide that experience as soon as possible.

It may be a bit of a downer for those more interested in the Android 5.0 update for the Xperia Z family, but for those developing and running on custom ROMs, this is Christmas come early. Showing how a good Android family member behaves, Sony is providing not just compiled binaries but source code and even instructions on how to build your own Xperia-based ROM. Pretty generous of them right? Well, almost.

Sony notes that there will be certain functionality that will be disabled if you go down this route. These are the very same issues users will encounter when unlocking bootloaders, because of the DRM involved in these components of the smartphone. While the lack of a camera might be something some users will be able to live with, the modem being disabled is probably too much of a sacrifice, considering that it means you won’t be able to make phone calls.

Still, for those who have a phone to spare or are willing to take the plunge, possibly for the sake of ROM development, the files are available from Sony’s developer website. These cover the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact. The video below shows the Xperia Z3 running Android 5.0 AOSP. Once again, note that this is not yet the OEM-flavored version, but it does hint that things have been set in motion for its official release.


Sony Xperia Z3 Added to the AOSP Program

Posted by wicked November - 13 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


The Android world has been dominated by Lollipop in the last few weeks. Recently, Google not only released the source code, but they also updated the factory images for various Nexus devices. The release of Android 5.0 differs from previous versions, since various OEM partners had access to the source code much sooner than usual and managed to prepare their modified variants earlier than ever before.

Sony has done a brilliant job to maintain its AOSP projects. Not too long ago, we let you know about some of Sony’s recent AOSP project work. Sony Developer Relations Community Manager Alin Jerpelea has now prepared something else that will undoubtedly please our homegrown XDA developers. Sony added a device tree and updated blobs for the company’s current flagship, the Xperia Z3.

The provided device tree, updated blobs, and unified kernel can be used to compile AOSP for the Z3. Sony will not provide a working build, so either you learn how to compile it yourself or wait for developers to make use of the latest goodies. All AOSP builds from Sony require an unlocked bootloader, which may lead to decreased camera performance. In other words, you should backup your current TA partition before proceeding.

You can read more about Sony AOSP projects on Sony’s developer pages. An official update for the Sony Xperia Z3 is yet to be announced, but is expected in early 2015.

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Android Lollipop OTA Coming Soon, Two New Release Tags Pushed to AOSP!

Posted by wicked November - 12 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Android Lollipop 5.0

While we were expecting Android Lollipop to start rolling out to Nexus devices a few days ago, it unfortunately got delayed for a bit… until now. Google has now pushed out the final Android 5.0 release, along with some updated AOSP code for developers.

Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2012 & 2013), 9 and 10 owners can finally rejoice and get some official Lollipop goodness. OTA updates should be Coming Soon™ (the Google+ post says it’ll be available to most Nexus devices in the coming weeks, while the @Android tweet only says “soon”), with users already reporting receiving it on some devices such as the Nexus 7. OTA updates usually roll out gradually over a couple of days, but remember, your device will only make a new check for the update once every 24 hours. If you’re impatient, go ahead and grab the factory images!

Three new tags are also starting to appear in AOSP Git repo: android-5.0.0_r3, android-5.0.0_r4 and android-5.0.0_r5. These tags have appeared for the following device trees as well (suggesting they should be receiving official updates to Android 5.0, if they have not yet received their final builds).

Developers can get the new commits by simply syncing their repos (using repo sync). A diff between r2 and r5 can be seen here (thanks to Recognized Developer cybojenix for the quick syncing!).

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Sony plays around with Lollipop AOSP on Xperia Z3

Posted by wicked November - 10 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Everybody’s riding the Android 5.0 wave, and today, it’s Sony’s turn to show what they’ve been doing with Android Lollipop. Sony has traditionally been more friendly with ROMs and versions of Android based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project), especially with their unlocked Xperia devices. So here’s Sony sharing what they’re doing with Google’s recently released source code for Android 5.0.

We’re going to point you over to the video below to show what Sony has been up to, and we’re pretty sure the Sony fanboys and fangirls out there will be pretty pleased with what they have to show. Click on the video below.

As you can see, the AOSP version of Android Lollipop already runs pretty smoothly on the Sony Xperia Z3, Z2 and Z1. Pretty fast for Sony, who are traditionally slow in working out updates for their devices. What’s better is that Sony is promising to make available the binary files for download soon. Nice, right?


Caveat to that (there is always one or two), the binaries will be only for Xperia devices which have been unlocked. Unfortunately, there is no official word on when Sony will release official (non-AOSP) Android Lollipop updates for their Xperia line. I guess we’ll all have to wait for that specific announcement.


Early build of Android 5.0 AOSP ROM available for Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300)

Posted by wicked November - 8 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Once upon a time, the Galaxy S3 was the epitome of smartphone tech. It had masterful specs, a brilliant screen, and features up the wazoo. Though 2012 seems like just yesterday, time has not been kind to the pebble-shaped product. Samsung has sullied the S3’s place in the annals of Android history with a surprising amount of update chaos. The standard Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) model was not to be given a KitKat update, and even the LTE variant would wait for ages to receive it. The culprit? Samsung blamed things on the hardware: the 3G models had 1GB of RAM (with LTE models having 2GB). Given that Android 4.4’s less-taxing requirements supported even 512MB, it was clearly an issue of sheer laziness, or else problems originating from TouchWiz’s bloat.

IMG_20141108_145023 (1)Regardless of whatever official Android version your S3 is currently running on, one thing is decidedly clear: it will absolutely not be receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop. Officially that is.

But, there is hope for all those willing to do a little leg-work: thanks to the brilliant minds at XDA Developers, Android 5 AOSP is coming to the GT-I9300! User arter97 (Park Ju Hyung) has created a working build of the major OS revision. Note that AOSP is based on the original Android source code and thus does not contain Samsung’s TouchWiz skin overlay.

Installing this will require root status, and a great deal of familiarity with flashing ROMs. Additionally, as this is an Alpha release, many features are currently not working, including the camera, sensors, internal and external storage, WiFi, GPS, and even screen-off functionality. Granted this sounds like a lot of “not yets” but with patience (and arter97’s dedication) hopefully everything will be running smoothly in a matter of weeks. And at the end of the day, something is always better than nothing.

Sony Xperia Z3, Z2, and Z3 get AOSP version of Lollipop

Posted by wicked November - 7 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


In the image above, you are looking at a version of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on select Sony devices. It is the AOSP version of the operating system’s latest version shown on a Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, and even the Xperia Z1. Owners of those devices (unlocked) can go ahead and check it out.

The Xperia Z Series is scheduled to receive an official version of Android 5.0 Lollipop from Sony in early 2015. In Sweden, though, Sony has the 3Beta program that allows Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact owners to test drive Sony’s Lollipop software ahead of everyone else. This allows the company to understand how its software is performing in reality.

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Source: Sony

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Sony AOSP Program to Bring Lollipop to Xperia Z1, Z2, Z3 / Compact

Posted by wicked November - 6 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Android Lollipop madness continues at an incredible pace and every few hours, we learn about new ROMs for various unsupported devices. There are some OEMs out there that have shown that they care about aftermarket ROM development. In the last few months, we’ve written quite a bit about the Sony AOSP program. Now, we have a chance to write about it once again.

Sony announced that there will be device trees, binaries, and a unified kernel for three of their latest flagship devices: the Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z2 and Sony Xperia Z3 / Z3 Compact. In fact, the developer team, with the help of XDA Senior Recognized Developer jerpelea, already managed to run it on the Xperia Z3. You can see the result on the video below.

Offcial repozitories on Github should be updated really soon, and we will be sure to let you know. Meanwhile, you can build your own KitKat ROM or experiment with the freshly released Android 5.0 Lollipop source and hopefully port it over to Xperia devices before Sony does it in official capacity.

We truly hope that other vendors will follow Sony’s path and release AOSP versions, as well as device device trees, kernels. and binaries necessary to build Android. This is a good thing and we want to thank Sony for their continuous efforts.

[via Sony Mobile Blog]

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Sony is teasing AOSP Lollipop 5.0 on Xperia Z series

Posted by wicked November - 6 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Google released the source code to Android 5.0 Lollipop earlier this week, and thanks to a seemingly-eager Sony, we’re already seeing early builds running on the Xperia Z series devices. The SonyXperiaDev YouTube channel posted a video earlier this morning, showing the Xperia Z, Z2, and Z3 running AOSP 5.0.

Sony is no stranger to releasing AOSP builds for developers, giving them a base to use for custom ROMs and other purposes. In their official blog post, the company revealed that they will provide updated binary files in the near future, via their developer portal. Of course it’s important to keep in mind these are just AOSP ROMs, and the actual Sony Lollipop build with Google Play and Sony additions isn’t expected to arrive until sometime early next year.

Aside from revealing its plans for an AOSP build of Lollipop, Sony also announced it is hosting a new pilot program in Sweden with 3Beta. This program allows select users to test Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact devices running early versions of Lollipop (with Sony additions on top). This will help the company squash as many bugs as possible before the early 2015 release date.

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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