Sony appears to be sending out a pretty nifty Christmas gift for developers of Sony Xperia devices. The company just released the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) KitKat device binaries, trees and build details for the Xperia L and more device support soon.
This means the developers are now allowed to do a more in depth access and tweaking to most of the features on the devices. Being able to tweak the software is not with the AOSP but developers will have access to hardware, including the camera, telephone, sensors, Bluetooth, GPS, etc. This KitKat AOSP tested on Android 4.4.1 on the Xperia L is still in its very early stage and there are still some issues with regard to getting some functions to work on other devices such as the GPS and Bluetooth.
Sony released the Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP tools for the Xperia L and more Xperia devices are expected to have support as well. Even if there are still some kinks, it's certainly a great direction for Sony to head to the open source way. It is now open for developers to use and contribute to, a way to support the Android community and a tool to verify and facilitate contributions.
For the AOSP to run on an Xperia device, the developer needs to add device-specific binaries from Developer World. The binaries could be ex: hardware drivers needed for a specific chipset. Xperia L (C2105) is powered by Qualcomm MSM8230 1GHz dual-core chipset and the AOSP provides the code for building imaes for the device by the vanilla Android code.
Make sure that you upgrade the phone software first before flashing the AOSP Xperia L images or certain functions like Wi-Fi might not work. The source code of the kernel binary could be found in the open source archive for official software 15.3.A.0.26. Get the code and binaries below:
AOSP for XperiaTM L
AOSP for XperiaTM Tablet Z
AOSP for XperiaTM Z
AOSP for XperiaTM ZL
AOSP for XperiaTM S
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