Developer Preview Android M Available on Sony Devices

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Want the latest version of Android before it is officially released? You will need a Nexus device and be brave enough to flash a developer preview image by Google. But Sony is now giving you another option. You can run a preview build of Android M through devices in Sony’s Open Device program, released several weeks ago on Nexus devices. it is great for developers to test their apps on.

Sony’s Open Device program will allow developers and fans to boot stable versions of Android from the Android Open Source Project. You can flash unsigned software to a device but you will an unlocked bootloader. As with HTC and Motorola, you can unlock the bootloader on most Sony Xperia devices but you will run a risk of bricking your device if you accidentally flash the wrong thing, also voiding your warranty.

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Take caution when installing pre-release software images you built yourself, as with the new Android M support.

Supported devices in the developer program include the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet, Z1, Z1 Compact, E3, M2, T2 Ultra, and T3.

Take note that Sony will not be posting a finished system image for Xperia devices like Google does with their Nexus series. Just the binaries for Android M, basically the driver packages that are the phone’s essential hardware work with the software. No support for the camera/cellular modem on Android M yet from Sony.

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