Android M Developer Preview Available for Certain Sony Devices
Sony decides to support Android Developer Preview version 6.0 (M) on select devices. The Android M Developer Preview which was previously only available for Nexus users will now be available for Sony users, downloadable through Sony’s “Open Device” program.
As it turns out Sony Xperia users do not have to feel bad for owning them since they can now run the developers builds using binaries and instructions for taking the new AOSP Android M Developer Preview code. Apparently, Xperia T3, T2 Ultra, M2, E3, Z1 Compact, Z1, Z2 Tablet, Z2, Z3 Compact and Z3 will be supporting Developer Preview.
Sony’s open source program is not there just for fun. While most of Android users will be using it unnecessarily, Android M Developer Previews on Sony devices is mostly for advanced users.
It involves downloading the Android Open Source Project into your computer, then heading to Sony’s repo and downloading the additional files, downloading a few more files (prosperity binary) from Sony and finally compiling all these into your device. Sounds like a lot of work.
The video uploaded by Sony comes directly from the AOSP and judging from it, Google Play apps have vanished while the version has been loaded with AOSP apps such as messaging and gallery. The process for Xperia users’ is a bit complicated while Nexus users have to get the flash package from Nexus System image page.
Android M Developer Preview, launched last month, has an improved standby battery usage, fingerprint API and user-selectable permissions controls. It is also expected that Sony will add a new feature ‘multi window mode (experimental)’ in the new Android version.