Sony has just announced that Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Android 8.0 Oreo is now available on its Open Devices program. What this means is that through the Open Devices program, developers can now develop custom Android O ROMs for selected unlocked Xperia devices.
Further, "Open Devices program is our way to provide access and tools to build and test your custom software on a range of Sony devices. You can access all the resources you need through our Open Devices page on Developer World," the company has said in its official blog post. Besides, Sony's Open Devices program has been around for a while now.
Talking about the devices, the company has listed six compatible smartphones which include Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia Xzs, Xperia XZ, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, and Xperia X Compact. The company has stated that developers will first need to download the software binaries for these smartphones before starting the build.
Once that is done, developers will again need to refer the build guide that Sony is providing. Sony's recently released build guide gives developers the necessary tools and instructions to begin their development. It is basically guidelines on how to create AOSP for a device.
Meanwhile, the company has also said that it values its open source community and thus welcomes developers to participate in the company's projects via GitHub. Developers can download the necessary AOSP device configurations as well as the binaries from the GitHub and start working on it. In any case, now that Sony has announced such news, developers can work and play around with Android 8.0 Oreo OS before it is officially released to the devices.
Interestingly, apart from the above-mentioned smartphones, Sony has published the list of Xperia smartphones that will be receiving Android Oreo update in the future. The listing clearly shows which smartphones are included in the company's upgrade roadmap and plans.