Sony is sending out a pretty nice Christmas gift for developers on Sony Xperia devices. The company has released the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) KitKat device trees, binaries, and build details for the Sony Xperia L with more device support on the way.
What does this mean for Xperia owners? It’ll allow for developers to do some more in depth tweaking, getting access to almost all of the features that are on the devices. While being able to tweak the software isn’t anything with the AOSP, developers will get access to hardware as well, including the telephone, camera, sensors, GPS, Bluetooth, etc. On this version of the KitKat AOSP (which has been tested on Android 4.4.1 on the Xperia L), it is still very much in a very early stage. As such, there are some issues in regards to getting some functions working on certain devices, such as the Bluetooth and GPS. For more information, check out the AOSP GitHub page.
Sony has only released the KitKat AOSP tools for the Xperia L for now, with more Xperia devices expected to released on the horizon. While it still is in a pretty early stage and as mentioned above, there are still a few kinks to work out, it’s definitely an awesome direction for a company like Sony to be heading. More power to being open source!
Check out the Sony Developer page for more information on how you can get started on building KitKat for Xperia devices.