Sony Ericsson Supports The Android Modding Community – Helps Developers Build Custom ROMs


Sony Ericsson is well aware of the Android modding community and unlike other OEM’s who try and squash it, they’re doing their part to help support it. Whether it’s creating a custom ROM or modifying the kernel, the Sony Ericsson Developer program is aimed at helping these devs cook up nice and stable custom ROMs and they’re starting with a group of devs called “FreeXperia.” These are the guys responsible for creating custom ROMs based on CyanognenMod and porting/modifying them to various Xperia devices lke the Play and Arc.

Sony Ericsson was one of — if not the first Android OEM to announce they would provide the option to unlock the bootloaders in their 2011 Xperia lineup. Karl-Johan Dahlström, Head of Developer Relations for Sony Ericsson and all around nice guy (whom I had the pleasure of meeting at E3 this year), has been doing a great job at keeping Sony Ericsson devices open thanks to his close work with developers. According to Mr. Dahlström,

“We firmly believe in the openness of Android and we are really impressed by the huge activity shown in our products. By being supportive and open, we hope to both learn from the open community, and also share knowledge when that is possible.

When it came to Sony Ericsson’s involvement with the FreeXperia developers,

We were impressed by the passion shown and decided to help out with some bits and pieces. A few proprietary solutions needed to be explained and we helped them with that. We also supported the group with approximately 20 devices, to make their work easier.

Sony Ericsson would also like to remind you that unlocking the bootloader and loading a custom ROM on their devices will more than likely void your warranty. A risk we’ve been willing to take since rooting our G1’s back in the day. For your normal, average Joe Schmoe consumer, keeping your device is 100% stock is usually the wisest choice. Either way, it’s refreshing to see the steps Sony Ericsson has taken to support the Android modding community and something other Android OEM’s can definitely learn a thing or two from.

[Via SonyEricssonBlog]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I never thought I’d say this, but maybe Sony isn’t as evil as I once thought.

  2. This is great. Now if only we can get apple to join the revolution… Wait, what the hell anmm I saying? (Cue imperial march)

  3. Maybe htc should do the same… I am getting bored on my evo 3d… Definitely will not b using htc after this… Htc doesn’t make “sense” at all by locking the bootloader on their android devices…

    1. Uhh, HTC does allow you to unlock there bootloaders.
      Your EVO 3D is no exception.

      1. Only problem is it doesn’t REALLY unlock (S-Off) it so you can flash ROMs.

        1. Well, that’s retarded. What’s the point then?
          S-Off is achievable on the EVO 3D tho. Just checked XDA

          1. Yeah, it’s pretty lame. LOL

            Going to do the full (unofficial) root process soon though. Evo 3D gets supercharged with the proper hacks :D

  4. Like duhh.. i know about htc dev. I am talking complete freedom aka s-off. This is not my 1st android u know… And i do know about revolutionary tool. (thanks to the brilliant dev) mine is hboot 1.49.00011. Which the tool is not ready yet… Btw, good way forward SE !

  5. Which is why I like Samsung. Amazing hardware, and they’ve already made a vow to never lock their bootloaders (on their phones at least) unless Google starts requiring it.

    Hell, my Mesmerize (running OMFGB @ 1.2GHz) is smoother and faster right now than most of the current dual-core phones are out of the box (Can’t wait to see if US Cellular is gonna get an SGSII variant…)

  6. Do you think Sony believes they will sell more hardware this way?

  7. ooops

  8. Impressive from Sony

  9. Sounds like sony is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, especially considering how anti-hacking sony was against Geohot. I wonder if sony is trying to use this as a honey pot to see how devs attempt to get around DRM or PSN “security” mechinisms, only to reinforce those defenses later on…. I’ll never trust sony ever again

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