Sony releases Xperia S binaries; vanilla Android one step closer

by XB on 3rd September 2012

in Android, Xperia S

A couple of weeks ago we reported on Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru plans to introduce the Sony Xperia S (LT26i) to the AOSP (Android Open Source Project). What this means is that the handset would be in line to receive vanilla Android updates much like Google’s Nexus devices do.

Sony Mobile has just announced that it welcomes the project and will “support it with resources and contributions”. To this end, the company has published the binaries (e.g. hardware drivers) necessary for the Xperia S project to continue. In addition, one of Sony Mobile’s top engineers, Björn Andersson, will actively participate in the project and will “help review and contribute patches to this project.”

With Sony’s help the project will now get to the stage where the Xperia S will boot and reach the home screen running the project code. However, we need to make it clear that a lot of work will be needed to reach the goal of vanilla Android and people should be patient about the efforts that Google, Sony and other developers make in trying to make this become a reality.

Via Sony Mobile Developer World.

  • DragonClaw

    Reading this, I have a smile on my face. :)

  • Shyagi


  • Raymond

    Nice one.

  • boosook

    Now this is good news! Sony is the best!!!

  • Ambroos

    That’s pretty nice! I wonder how long it will take before the AOSP experiment boots now…

  • Timothy

    i like uxp rather than aosp….=,=

  • adsada_arc

    and once it is realised let users flash it via a .ftf file and with no need to unlock the bootloader pleeeease!

  • Mark Walsh

    Not to sound anal but i assume you mean participate as opposed to particulate?

  • Mark Walsh

    Oh and fantastic news i may hold onto my s for a while longer

  • huntedsoul

    yay, nice :)

  • Soban

    Anal? Whaa…?

  • Victor Ström

    Do you have to root or something to install Vanilla? Or how would you install it?

  • Luai

    Excuse my stupidity but does that mean new software for my xps or its a new phone to be released? And if it’s the former do I need to be a computer geek to download the new stuff?

  • Good stuff :D Can’t wait to see the progression!

  • AlexBurnout


  • This means new software specifically for the Xperia S, however if this experiment is successful, it could lead to a Sony Xperia Nexus device in the future.

    And probably not, it should be fairly simple and straight-forward, but I myself am unsure as to how they would issue it out to device owners.

  • I’m thinking the same thing…

  • Well this software is optional so you won’t have to switch if you don’t want to.

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  • M Usman

    yes you will need an unlocked bootloader. Jean Baptiste already mentioned that in Google Groups

  • Mark Walsh

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  • Tomas


  • Since they have been released is there any chance of making the compression less on pictures

  • paul4id

    Have they released the HDMI sources?

  • Great News – Kudos to Sony

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  • For this and more I <3 Sony & Google =)

  • Is there a difference in the UI in the AOSP? I’m thinking of installing it but I’m not sure if I should. I’m wondering if the UI would be the same as the Xperia Line

  • Is the UI different to the original sony’s UI of ICS?

  • dragon

    can we update JB now?

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