Sony Adds Experia L to Xperia AOSP Project


Well, this is a nice holiday treat for developers who own the Experia L. Users with an unlocked Experia L can now use Sony’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP) with the device. This is the first time a Sony device with the 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 (Snapdragon 400) dual-core chip is part of the AOSP project.

There are some caveats here. Currently, features like Bluetooth and the GPS are disabled. You still can go online via Wifi, Cellular Data, make phone calls, and use all the camera features. The LED notification light also works, along with NFC, and many of the sensors.

But unlike with Cyanogenmod, for example, this is not a simple ROM you can flash. First, you will have to unlock your bootloader on your Experia L, thereby voiding any warranty you may currently have. You will also have to download the actual source code from GitHub and build your own KitKat 4.4 firmware.

Google’s apps, since they are closed-source, are not coming with this firmware either when you build it. Of course, there are ways to get all of Google’s apps onto your device. So if you want to go through the process, you can do so from Sony directly. But will you do it?

Source: Sony Developer Website via Android Police

Other Links: Sony Experia L Software Binaries