Sony has published the kernel source code for the upcoming Xperia Z, its new flagship Android handset. The Z was unveiled at CES, and may be the first truly serious smartphone effort from a juggernaut of a company that has generally struggled to gain traction against the likes of Samsung and Apple.


Sony has generally had the best track record of any OEM in terms of releasing source code and related developer tools for its phones, earning it significant adoration in the developer community.

You can get the source files here.

Sony Mobile via XDA

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • MacVities

    People will still hate Sony, because Microsoft employed shills all over the internet tell them to hate Sony, because they took away something they never used, etc etc etc....

    • Cuvis

      I'm sorry, but that is such a goddamn stupid thing to say. I don't care how few people used OtherOS, the fact is that some people did. The vast majority of Android users never load a custom ROM, and yet if, say, HTC sold a phone with an unlocked bootloader, and then pushed out an OTA update that irrevocably locked the bootloader, this site would be on fire. And justifiably so.

      As for Sony, I've hated them ever since they knowingly sold CDs that infected people's computers with a rootkit in the name of fighting piracy. What they did to GeoHot, and what they did with OtherOS, just showed me they haven't and will not change their stripes.

  • yahyoh

    thats great :D

  • TehFoz

    That title isn't accurate. The Xperia Z (SO-02E) is out in Japan already.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Fair enough - before worldwide launch.

  • Mapekz

    Is Sony going to be the next Samsung (which in turn was the next HTC)?

    • hot_spare

      Samsung's success is not based on releasing kernel sources. Not even 1% of customers know or bother about them. It's marketing and it's unbeatable vertical integration.

      • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

        I think he's referring to the actual phone. The Xperia Z is a beast.

        • hot_spare

          I am not so sure to call it a beast. Not that it's a bad phone. But I don't see anything which makes it a stand-out phone. Specs are just what you would expect at a minimum level in 2013. Yes, it's water-resistant and has a decent camera. Others might like the UI, but I am not a fan of that. From what I have seen in videos, too many dropped frames while navigating the UI.

          • Matti

            Well, it looks 100 times better than any Samsung, at least.

          • Monji

            Haters gonna hate

      • Mapekz

        Both are important. What I was saying is that Sony is not only trying to win the hearts/minds of consumers but also actively supporting the developer community, both things HTC was once known for at a time when Samsung was similarly known for lackluster entries and terrible developer support. Sony is basically mimicking to the T Samsung's strategy assuming they throw in the hilarious marketing to go with it.

  • mikeym0p

    It's times like this I wish I owned a Sony phone. I'll probably buy one as my next upgrade, the other OEMs could learn from them.

  • hot_spare

    Why 4.1? 4.2 has been out since a long time. After all it's their flagship product.

    • fixxmyhead

      Cuz it's Sony, always behind

    • Ambroos

      There is hardly anything new in 4.2 that is not in Sony's 4.1 yet. Sony already has Miracast built-in for example (since ICS actually). Then what do you have left, Daydream, Photo Sphere and ... ehm ... I can't think of anything else? Hardly worth risking a buggy release for.

  • MikeCiggy

    Is this thing coming to US... ??