It's okay to love kernel source – you can admit it. Sony is pretty good to the open source community, and in keeping with that reputation, it has posted the open source files for the Sony Xperia M. Yay.

2013-08-08 14_43_14-Open source archive for build 15.1.A.1.9 – Developer World

The Xperia M is a budget device with a 1GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core, 1GB of RAM, and a 4-inch 854×480 LCD. There's no LTE, but the Xperia M will be produced in a dual-SIM variant. Some online retailers are taking pre-orders for the device unlocked at a little under $300. It's supposed to be out in the next month or two, but there's no set date.

The Jelly Bean download is 127MB in size, so have at it.

[Sony Xperia M, Open Source Files]

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  • taxi333

    Good guy Sony

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    Sony: More open source friendly than Google.


    • Matt

      I'm really hoping Sony eventually gets a Nexus contract. The Nexus 4 gave LG a nice boost in the Android community (monetarily and in terms of techie validation) and the same could be said for Asus in the Android tablet market.

      Sony seems to be the company going out of its way most to follow some of the open source ethics that Android is based around and just hasn't had *that* one breakthrough hit. Well, in the American market at least. I feel like a Sony-built Nexus could really push it over the edge.

      • hp420

        I've been saying this for years. People seem to overlook Sony's amazing hardware year after year, but in all honesty, they build far better hardware than any of the other manufacturers, IMHO. I can't speak of their 4.x firmwares, but their 3.x and older were lacking (before they open-sourced kernels, etc)....pair the hardware from back then with CM or another AOSP-based rom, and it blew away the competition 100% of the time. I'd love to get my hands on a newer gen. Sony Xperia and give it some AOSP love, then put it through the wringer to see how it runs these days!


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Sony and Oppo are the two most dev and open source friendly Android manufacturers I can think of. Hat's off to them.

      • Andreas Martin Mørch

        Yeah, even though it shows that Oppo isn't as experienced in this business, their intentions are very good.

    • Mike Reid


      Sony is decent, but they still don't open source much of their libraries, just like all the other phone OEMs. Google pretty much opens all that stuff, though keeping many of their apps closed.

      I'm not going to pat Sony on the back TOO much for releasing kernel source as per the GPL requirements for the Linux kernel.

  • hp420

    I <3 you Sony!! If T-mobile were to start carrying Sony devices I would switch to post-paid in a heartbeat for one :) I miss my old Xperia!