While Nexus devices have traditionally been the ones to offer stock Android to desired users, we saw Google pushing this project forward by offering Google Play Edition models of popular handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One M7, Sony Xperia Z Ultra etc. But what if an OEM offered a stock Android solution along with its own skinned version? That’s exactly what Sony is planning to be doing.
Word around the grapevine is that the Japanese manufacturer could offer customers the choice to switch to a stock Android ROM, in addition to offering its standard skinned version. This comes after Sony’s recent hire from the CyanogenMod team, Alin Jerpelea, partially hinted at its arrival while speaking at the XDA Devcon. He will be working independently on this project which would initially only involve top end flagships.
However, this doesn’t mean that the company will offer separate stock Android running hardware, but merely that there will be ROMs available for download which are approved by the company. Sideloading ROMs won’t be much of a concern for the customers as Sony devices come with unlocked bootloaders anyways. The company has been very dev friendly with its smartphones and tablets, so this is a logical step to take.
Source: Golem – Translated
Via: Android Authority