Sony is doing a great thing in supporting the developer community. It’s been many years since the Japanese OEM started rolling out vendor blobs, and kernel sources for its most popular devices. And a good news for all Xperia XZs fans as yesterday the company announced that the device has been added into the Sony’s Open Device Program. For those who want to participate in the program can go to the device’s specific Github page to have acccess to additional resources.
As you know, the Xperia XZs was officially unveiled by Sony in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event earlier this year. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset under the hood coupled with the Adreno 530 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and currently runs on Android 7.1 Nougat. The handset is now a member of the Sony Open Device Program that means it absolutely receives supports for developers and users will be able to test out new custom software based on AOSP. Besides the latest Sony Xperia XZs, there are a handful of other Sony Mobile devices that alread include the Open Device Program, such as the Xperia XZ, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X as well as a counterpart of the Sony Xperia X Compact.
Android enthusiasts and developers who may want to customize their devices can go to the Open Device Program page for additional information and resources about Sony’s program and the Xperia XZs in particular. For readers who don’t know much about Sony Xperia XZs, the device also features a 19-megapixel rear camera with electronic image stabilization (EIS), a 13MP front-facing snapper, integrated a USB Type-C charging port, and a fingerprint scanner embedded within the side power button. The unlocked variant of the XZs is will be priced approximately $700 and can be shipped in three color options including black, blue, and silver.