Android M Developer Preview Now Available On Select Sony Devices

Sony has announced that devices that are part of its Open Device program can now run a preview of Android M which Google released at its I/O developer conference.

Sony Xperia Z3

The company says that the build isn’t suitable for daily use but it could interest developers who want to build and test apps taking advantage of the many new features of Android M.

The Open Device program lets devs and enthusiasts run clean versions of Android from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), requiring just an unlocked bootloader.

For now, Sony’s Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet, Z1, Z1 Compact, E3, M2, T2 Ultra, and T3 will be able to run the preview build of Android M.

While the company has said that it will not roll out a finished build of Android M like how Google does for its Nexus line, it has made the binaries available which makes it’s phone’s hardware work with the software.

Since ASOP does not support any Google Play services, new Android M features such as Now on Tap, an enhanced standby mode and fingerprint APIs will not come to Sony’s Xperia phones.

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