A Google Play Edition of the Xperia Z Ultra is nice and all, but what about stock Android for folks that already own a Sony handset? Sony has done a pretty good job with their AOSP for Xperia program, providing builds of unadulterated Android for a variety of devices. The latest is the Sony Xperia L.
The Xperia L isn’t quite the device that a member of the Z series is. The handset sports a 4.3-inch display a 1GHz dual-core CPU. But owners can now install a fresh build of Android 4.4 to add a bit of life to the little guy. There is a catch, though.
Sony is providing all the necessary source code, but in order to install owners will need to unlock the Xperia L’s boot loader (voiding the warranty in the process) and then compile a build from scratch. No simple ROM flash here.
The real kicker is that the build, while functional, lacks some basic features like GPS and Bluetooth. Hence, this is not what we would call a daily driver. It also misses out on Google Play and Google’s suite of mobile apps. If this still sounds like the stock Android experience you desire, hit up the source link below.