News has emerged this morning that Google has started a ‘bleeding edge’ experiment with the Sony Xperia S to see if it can fully integrate the phone with its ASOP (Android Open Source Project) plans. This could mean that the Xperia S (and possibly other Xperia devices later on) gets direct firmware updates in a similar fashion to Nexus devices.
Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru announced the news and confirmed that they chose Sony’s current flagship as a means to reward it for its work with the developer community:
For a new challenge, I’d like to try to go one step further, and to target some hardware beyond the usual categories. I’ve added a git project for the Sony LT26, i.e. Xperia S. 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
At the moment the move is just an experiment, as Queru explains here, but it could offer some interesting developments for the Android platform, and Xperia devices in particular, in the near future.
Check out our Sony Xperia S unboxing video here:
Via Electric Pig