Continuing its commitment to open source software, Sony has taken to its developer portal to upload version 14.1.B.0.461 of its upcoming (yes, not even released yet) Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The embracing of the open source community by Sony is very much a welcome habit of theirs, and consequently it’s little wonder that last year they were voted best OEM.
Whilst the obscenely large phone isn’t expected to be widely released until September 12th, those of you who like this sort of thing can trawl through all 228Mb of the source code and get a head start on developing, customising and generally tweaking. What this means for many is that by the time the device is in your hands, there’ll already be a buzzing community around the Z Ultra over at XDA.
When I say that the phone is obscenely large, the Xperia Z Ultra will be packing a 6.4” 1080p screen in a device which is both dust and waterproof, the same as all the other Xperia models. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, and features an 8 megapixel camera. All in all it’s shaping up to be an extremely powerful phone and one that will be amazing for getting things done and consuming media. We are also hoping that the huge 3,000mAh battery means all-day use for this monster device. The phone is officially being released with Android 4.2.2, but unsurprisingly Sony have already stated their intention to update it to 4.3 as soon as they can.
What do you think of Sony’s move here? Should more OEMs being offering up their software as open source? Let us know your thoughts.