It was a few weeks ago we learned that the Sony Xperia S would soon join the ranks of Google’s elite Nexus devices, officially supported by the Android Open Source Project. This was a joint effort between Sony and Google to help bring a pure Nexus-like Android experience to the Sony Xperia S and marks the first time we’ve seen a non-Nexus device officially supported by AOSP.
Today Sony announced, via their blog, that they have officially released their Xperia S proprietary binaries to JBQ, AOSP’s Technical Lead. Also, with the help of the CyanogenMod team — who’s also announced they will be submitting software patches for the Xperia S to AOSP — development for the device will be thriving.
Let’s hope Sony’s move is the beginning of a trend we’ll begin to see more from manufacturers in the future. Just imagine what the world of Android landscape would be like if every OEM was as cooperative as Sony about submitting their hero devices to AOSP for development. This is what Android’s dream of at night.