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Jun
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The FreeXperia team of contributors help maintain CyanogenMod support for Xperia devices, and they've done such a great job that Sony has decided to hire one of the group's developers. Alin Jerpelea was one of FreeXperia's founders in 2010, and he is now the newest member of Sony's Developer Program. Having already built up a reputation for his work bringing the freshest CyanogenMod ROMs to Sony devices, he will now help the company with its open source initiatives.

“I am very happy that Alin is joining us, as this is a great way for us to increase our activity on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and other open source initiatives. It will also make it possible for us to work even closer to the community in this area,”
- Karl-Johan Dahlström, Head of Developer Relations at Sony

Sony has a relatively good track record with embracing the open aspect of Android. The company tends to release kernel and source files before its phones come to market, and it typically doesn't go out of its way to hinder the development or installation of custom ROMs. This latest hire is further evidence that it keeps an eye on what the community is up to and, apparently, likes what it sees.

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Source: Sony Mobile

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Steve

    May be T-Mobile's fault and nothing to do with Sony, but the Z1S flies completely in the face of your last point...."it typically doesn't go out of its way to hinder the development or installing of custom ROMs."

  • Zack Mills

    As someone who is a CyanogenMod fan and a new owner of an Xperia Z2, this is great news!

  • awaaas

    So, Xperia C bootloader unlock?

    What's the point of having kernel's source-code when you can't play with them?

    • siiimv

      That's the SoC's fault. MediaTek...

      • awaaas

        Almost every other mediatek-based phones are bootloader-unlocked, especially when it's not coming from big brand such as Sony.

        Except for Xperia C, some asus tablets, motorola and LG phones IIRC

        • Björn Lundén

          But then the quality of MediaTek's almost non-existant source code for important Android components is quite bad so you probably can't do too much with it anyway. It's actually quite sad because MediaTek SoCs seems pretty decent, especially for low-budget devices.

        • RichardG867

          Can confirm, I own a Motorola with a Mediatek SoC and locked bootloader.

  • Paul

    Can you make my Z tablet stop screen flickering every time we use the keyboard. We've all been asking since 4.3. Sony are shockingly shite at customer support. £400 for a tablet with a major software fault since Xmas.

    • Ambroos

      It's fixed in 4.4 which is rolling out already!

      • Paul

        Not according to many users..

  • Björn Lundén

    Sony has actively helped CM at times so I'd say they deserve even more credit than the post is giving them. :)

  • mustbepbs

    I'm sure he'll be corrupted soon enough.

  • hp420

    OMG....Congrats, man!!!! Jerpelea (as I remember him going by, in my Xperia days) was THE fore-most Xperia dev to crack custom roms, running CM on Xperias, recovery, root, flashing via pc with a fastboot-like system (BEFORE fastboot even existed existed on Xperias!!!), Xperia bootloader unlocking, etc, etc, etc. BTW, AFAIK, he was a co-founder of the FreeXperiaProject, as well. He's also responsible for an extremely large amount of the transparency we see with Sony's android development, since he acted as a representative for the open source community with Sony.

    This honestly could not have happened to a more deserving member of our open-source android community, as a whole. Congrats, good sir!!! I hope you serve us all well in the future, and I hope your time with Sony is equally as beneficial to your career as I know it will be to us all.

  • ash

    Why can't I see any content on this article or it's just meant to be that way? I can only see the headings.