Earlier this week, Google has officially released Android 5.0 Lollipop source code into the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Sony quickly put together Android Open Source Project builds for their flagship phones. Sony currently has AOSP Android 5.0 running on the Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3. The AOSP files for the devices aren’t available just yet, but Sony says that they’ll be released through Sony Developer World as soon as possible. Sony has also pointed out that the AOSP builds are not supposed to be considered daily drivers.
Motorola, HTC, Sony, and a number of other device makers have all promised updates in the coming weeks and months. And now Sony is already showing what Android 5.0 looks like on the Xperia Z1, Z2, and Z3 smartphones.
In a blog post, Sony also said that it is launching a new beta program in Sweden called 3Beta. This will allow owners of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact to test out early versions of Android 5.0 Lollipop that have Sony’s UX added on top. These testers can then report bugs and other issues to Sony, allowing Sony to iron all of them out before a commercial rollout of Lollipop early next year. Sony also mentioned that if the program is successful in Sweden, they’ll consider rolling out 3Beta to more countries and devices.
As claimed in the blog post, Sony will bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z Series from the beginning of 2015. The latest version of Android is packed with new features such as a more responsive UI, better control over device security, new ways to control notifications, improved performance and a lot more. The full change / feature log has been made available at the Android developer’s site by the Sony.
As Android 5.0 is now in AOSP, it means that all of Google’s code and files related to Lollipop is now available for download. The update is build LRX21M though its official release tag would be android-5.0_r1.