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Dec
xperia l

Hot on the heels of releasing a Google Play Edition of the enormous Xperia Z Ultra, Sony is once again pleasing fans of "clean" Android by expanding the AOSP For Xperia Project. The latest device to get a semi-official AOSP option is the Xperia L, one of the cheapest devices in the company's 2013 lineup.

Though the 4.3" screen and 1Ghz dual-core processor on the Xperia L aren't likely to make it an object of desire for hardware junkies, developers and enthusiasts now have the option of running a completely stock version of Android 4.4. But hold on, ROM fanatics: this isn't as simple as grabbing a custom recovery and flashing CyanogenMod. First of all, you'll need to unlock the bootloader on your Xperia L (voiding the warranty in the process), then download the source from Sony's GitHub portal and build the 4.4 image yourself. It's not for the faint of heart.

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Even if you've got the skills and the gall to get AOSP on your device, the current build is missing some basic functions like GPS and Bluetooth, so Sony says it's "not suited for everyday use." Also note that since Google's apps (including the Play Store) are proprietary and closed-source, they're not being made available by Sony, though there are certainly alternative ways to get those on your hardware.

The AOSP For Xperia project currently serves the Xperia L, plus the Xperia Z, ZL, S, and Tablet Z.

Source: Developer.SonyMobile.com

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • karthik nayak

    Xperia sp left out

    • Kiceg

      And I was about to swap my L for SP... Good that I didn't. :D

  • Sandro

    I just want AOSP for my Z1! It's like every Sony device but the Z1 gets AOSP/Cyanogenmod :(

  • Jadephyre

    So what? Is anyone even still buying their crap after they grouped up with Rockstar to sue the shit out of Google, HTC & Samsung (and possibly others) ?
    Every little bit of credit they built up in the last two years with devs should have fizzed out faster than jizz on a griddle by now.

    • TehFoz

      Sony was part of Rockstar, they didn't have any control over what the group did.

      • Jadephyre

        Doesn't make them less a part of it. They could have left the group, but no, they stayed and that makes them just as bad.

        Also, i'm enjoying the downvotes, send more, shows how brainwashed people are about Sony "contributing" to the dev-community.

    • Cheeseball

      Nope. it's booming considering that they've provided proper driver binaries, flashing tools and bootloader unlocks, like HTC and Samsung.

      No one cares about the Rockstar patent suit since it's the same patent bullshit over and over again.

    • GazaIan

      You're upset because someone sued Google. Are you aware of how many patent lawsuits are being thrown around every single day at various companies, Apple, Samsung, Google, Nokia, and more? It's no surprise that another company would do it, it happens all the time, even with allies. Sony has been one of the top providers to the AOSP, provides more AOSP ROMs than most other manufacturers and even if they aren't full, they are open source and fuel the development of custom ROMs. So to say that Sony isn't contributing is plain ignorant, when they're one of the biggest contributors.

    • SimonPieman

      Grow up.

  • Superb

    As a xperia L user, this news made my day!

  • Mike Reid

    "semi-official AOSP" ??

    "missing some basic functions like GPS and Bluetooth," (and FM last I looked) ??

    Sony's "AOSP-ish" efforts are "nice", and may help the few ROM devs who do Sony's, but are seriously lacking.

    Sony seems to have been trying hard to appear dev friendly, but the end results are very underwhelming.

    Rom enthusiasts prefer Samsung, Nexus and a few other brands. Sony is in the low end of "other brands".

    • Mado

      If you are a major company/OHA member like Sony and release proprietary stuff like GPS, Bluetooth and GApps willy-nilly, getting sued is the least of your problems. The custom ROMs and GApps we are using are *almost* illegal and they only allow it because we are not doing that much harm.

      • Thomas Wong

        I believe the rationale here is that the custom rom community is viewed as only ripping the Google apps and proprietary packages from their own respective phones, and putting them back on the phone later with a changed OS. So technically the apps and binaries are not distributed by one person to many with profits, but merely one person ripping out things and restoring them. Seemingly you cannot distinguish that Google apps binary with another on some other phone?

  • Did@

    I see one small problem. Most ppl buy Sony phones for beutyfull Sony branding apps