Listeners to today’s Pocketnow Weekly podcast already know how stricken we are with some of the new features in Android 5.0 Lollipop. While only having had the opportunity to try out the public release on a Nexus 9, our interactions have been so promising that we’re itching for our Nexus 6 to arrive and give us a chance to see what the finished Lollipop has to bring to smartphones. Owners of existing Nexus models are eagerly awaiting for their own Android 5.0 updates to arrive (something that could begin happening as early as next week, if the rumors we’ve heard pan out), and third-party OEMs have already been talking about their own schedules. While we’ve seen a few leaks from some of those manufacturers, Sony’s giving us a front-row seat for its own Android 5.0 efforts, sharing some early video showing Google’s just-released AOSP code running on the Xperia Z1, Z2, and the new Z3.
Running the AOSP Lollipop build, this is some very bare bones stuff, lacking Sony’s custom UI, but that’s not the point here – this isn’t intended for your average user in the first place. Instead, Sony talks about its plans to get corresponding binary files for this hardware out to its dev community, empowering them to start work on custom ROMs of their own creation.
The sort of updates most of you Sony users are looking forward to won’t be arriving until 2015 – and the full Xperia Z family is on-tap for getting a taste of Lollipop. And while those updates and this AOSP stuff may be apples and oranges, this teaser is still interesting for the extent to which it shows Sony engaging with devs; certainly, we haven’t seen such hands-on Lollipop teasers from other big Android OEMs.