AOSP support program for Sony Xperia S begins
Over the weekend Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru started a little experiment of his own. He announced that he wanted to “target some hardware beyond the usual categories” and begin trialling AOSP support for non-Nexus devices (besides the Motorola Xoom).
This is what Jean-Baptiste Queru had to say about it:
This seems like a good target: it’s a powerful current GSM device, with an unlockable
bootloader, from a manufacturer that has always been very friendly to AOSP.
It’s quite an exciting time for Android and could mean that we’ll be seeing a whole lot of changes over time. Sony has traditionally been a great support for AOSP, so it makes sense that the first non-Nexus device to be included came from the Japanese OEM.
This move could mean a few things. Will we be seeing a Sony Nexus device this year? Will we have the option in the future to switch between OEM skins and pure Android? How far this integration will go is unknown but this move could begin a change in the Android ecosystem.
Maybe even, we’ll be seeing faster updates – but that’s just a dream for the time being.