Up until now, Android M Developer Preview was only available for owners of Nexus Player and Nexus 5, 6 and 9 devices. This of course meant that unless you had one of the above mentioned devices, Android M was out of reach. Sony decided to break the ice and make it available for select Xperia devices through their Open Device program.
Sony has always made efforts to bring support for third-party Android development to its line of devices and according to their latest announcement, the company now allows owners of several Xperia devices to build AOSP M Developer Preview. This includes most Xperia devices which are a part of Sony’s Open Device program: Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia E3, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia T3.
The not so good news is the AOSP can only be installed on unlocked devices and getting Android M Developer Preview on your Xperia device is rather time consuming and not something the average smartphone user is mentally prepared to go through.
Even so, if you feel like you’re tech-savvy enough, Sony compiled an “easy to follow” guide. While that’s an overstatement for most people, they did a pretty good job at detailing what needs to be done. If the idea appeals you, the company also made a teaser available showing Android M Developer PReview running on a Xperia Z3 Compact:
No need to pine for the upcoming Android M if Sony’s offer seems too intricate for you. You can at least get the Android M app drawer on your device (be it Sony or from another manufacturer) and get some comfort until the official version comes out.
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