This year’s Google I/O saw the official announcement of Android M, which proved to be one of the highlights, for sure. That was pretty much in the same league as the reveal of Android Lollipop in the previous year, and while the latest version is not quite as large or major an update as Android 5.0 Lollipop proved to be, it still came with a fair number of interesting features such as a spanking new permission engine. While Android M AOSP builds have already been made available to majority of Google’s devices out there, it is our pleasure to bring you word that Sony too, does not want their users to miss out on the opportunity – which is why they have allowed developers to test out Android M on selected Xperia devices that happen to be part of the Open Device program.
Sony has compiled a working ROM as well as a comprehensive guide for the entire process, and do bear in mind that this is primarily meant for development purposes, In other words, you will have to compile your own ROM, and there are plenty of of parts yet unavailable – including the camera and modem as those have not yet been implemented.
In other words, the end product cannot be used as a normal phone, since this is meant for testing only. Current supported models will include the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia E3, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia T3. The user guide and software binaries can be downloaded if you are interested. [Press Release]