Good surprise for owners of some terminals Sony Xperia Z: the Japanese manufacturer has just made available on its website Android M Developer Preview. Some features are not used, but it allows developers to test now Android M on a Sony device.
Clearly, Sony wants to put in his pocket developers in the Sony Open Device Program. After the availability of Android 5.0.1 AOSP sources for its smartphones Xperia Z, Sony is taking the lead and offers AOSP sources M Android Developer Preview. If you have a compatible ( Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Compact Tablet Z3, Z2, Z2 Tablet, Z1, Z1 Compact, Ultra Z, E3, M2, Ultra T2 and T3 ), you can now download the binaries AOSP of M Developer Preview on the Sony website. The archive weighs only 53.9 MB Sources of AOSP for each terminal are then available on GitHub and it remains only to compile the assembly to have a Sony Xperia Android Developer Preview M terminal.
If you are an individual looking for a smartphone with the latest OS, this version of Android M is not for you. Indeed, Sony has not integrated all the binary files and some parts could not function. This is particularly the case of the camera or the modem part. A version of Android M thus serves rather allow developers to test the next version of the mobile operating system from Google on their Xperia devices.
By distributing now the AOSP Android source code M binary and owners, we hope that Sony will offer the final version of Android M shortly after its availability on the Nexus devices. With Lollipop, the Japanese manufacturer has not really led by example since he had to wait many months before the arrival of Android 5.0 on Xperia Z. terminals.