One of the benefits of being an Android device owner is the level of customization on offer. Although, at times, this can also be the problem. Android manufacturers are known for including on devices, their own additional level of customization from stock Android. Some more infamously known than others, with Samsung’s TouchWiz being one of the more commonly touted heavily skinned options. Well, if you are a Sony Xperia device owner than you are already aware of Sony’s skinned version of Android. Not to mention you’re probably already aware that compared to a number of the other manufacturers, Sony is actually quite good at providing third-parties and developers with the option to change up the software or tinker with it as wanted. This is thanks to their Open Device Project.
Well, following on from this, Sony has today announced some additional Xperia devices which are being added to the Open Device program. The devices in question are the Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, and Xperia Z4 Tablet WiFi. While this will be news to those specific device owners, what makes this even more interesting, is that these are the first 64-bit Xperia devices to be added to the project. Therefore, this will be the first time developers will be able to build AOSP alternatives for a 64-bit Xperia device, through the Open Source Project.
For those that are interested, the 64-bit processor running on all of these devices is the largely coveted Snapdragon 810 from Qualcomm. By adding these devices to the Open Source Project, those interested (and able) will be able to effectively create their own AOSP ROMs for these devices. The Sony announcement detailing the new availability also notes that the 64-bit Xperia M4 Aqua has been added to the Xperia Developer World GitHub account. Although, the announcement does also detail than the bootloader on the M4 Aqua has yet to be unlocked. If you are interested in knowing more, then the Sony announcement also provides some instructions on what to do if you want to start developing for these devices. Hit the source link below to head to the announcement for the full information.