Although Android currently is the most popular operating system, open source platform means different user experiences depending on the manufacturer. Most often than not smartphone manufacturers ship the Android along with their own applications which hinder the most pleasant experiences you can get from an Android device. While there are ways around to fix this problem, manufacturers discourage the practice of installing custom ROM by claiming that doing so will void warranty. Sony for a long period of time however, has provided power user a comprehensive Open Devices Program for a long time to encourage them to create custom ROM and experience it on company’s different devices. And now, Sony has made the AOSP version of Android 8.0 Oreo available to developers for the company’s 2016 and 2017 versions of Xperia X flagship smartphones.
If you are using Android for a long period of time and have experienced products from different manufacturers, then you already know that device makers often times comply with the bare minimum to meet the legal requirements of the open source licenses. However, Sony’s smartphones are only second to Google’s own smartphones when it comes to giving you pure Android experiences. As a result, Sony makes the AOSP available shortly following the official release of OS.
In case you are wondering, AOSP is the shortened version for the Android Open Source Project which is the purest version of Android and compiled from the source code repository. Sony’s released the AOSP version to enable the operating system to run on its most recent Xperia X devices meaning if you own one of the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XZ, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, and Xperia X Compact models, you will be able to run the stock version of the Android.
While installing the latest OS in the smartphone is not an easy task, it’s certainly comforting to see that Sony is providing a legal way to experience the purest form of Android without breaking warranty of the smartphones.
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