Over the past few generations of Xperia devices Sony has worked hard to refine their Dynamic Android Sensor HAL (DASH), a software environment designed to easily interface the hardware sensors a handset with its Android ecosystem. The process of enabling sensors in older generations of Sony Android smartphones was a bit of a chore, but thanks to constant refinements to DASH it is now a matter of plug and play.
Now Sony is open sourcing the software to not only make it easier for custom ROM developers to tinker with the sensors found in Xperia hardware but also in the hopes of growing DASH through community contributions. It’s not necessarily something for the average Android user, but it does continue to show Sony’s commitment to working with developers rather than against them. For more info head over to Sony’s developer blog.