Sony Adds Xperia Z1, Z2, M2 To AOSP, Unveils Unified Kernel

By 12:15 Thu, 22 Jul 2021 Comments


Sony is enhancing its reputation as a ROM-friendly maker. It added AOSP code for the Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 and Xperia M2 to the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. The company denied making AOSP ROMs and this indeed isn't it – the capturing camera and the modem have been disabled (so you can't create calls), really not a daily driver.

Sony did announce unified kernels though – the above three devices plus all elegant Qualcomm MSM8974-based devices (that's Snapdragon 800) will be based on the same kernel, which will create custom Read-Only Memory (ROM) development easier. Before each device had a separate branch for the kernel, making things harder for device maintainers.

It's not just custom ROMs either, the company says this change will create contributing to the official kernel easier.

MSM8974-based devices include the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z Ultra (which also had a Play Edition version at one point). Interestingly, the Xperia M2 (and its dual-SIM and Aqua versions) are based on MSM8926, Snapdragon 400.

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