Sony is one of the leading contributors to AOSP and the latest developments around the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 10 II only serve to solidify this position.

The two phones are the latest from the Japanese company and their names can confirm that Sony continues to be one of the worst when it comes to smartphone naming schemes.

Names aside, the two are great pieces of hardware and true successors to the Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 from last year. The Xperia 10 II, to be more specific, is an interesting proposition for those in the market for a good midrange handset.

Sony Xperia 10 II

In addition to impressive midrange performance hardware, the Xperia 10 II also ships with an IP65/68 rated Gorilla Glass 6 body for dust and water resistance. And now Sony is making the device even better by providing the kernel sources that devs so much crave for.

Since the device comes in multiple variants, Sony has also provided Xperia 10 II kernel sources for the various models alongside multiple corresponding software versions.

The kernel source code for the Y!mobile variant (model A001SO) is here. The global variants (XQ-AU51 and XQ-AU52) have their source codes here (version 59.0.A.1.296), here (version 59.0.A.3.42), and here (version 59.0.A.3.45).


If you own the Xperia 1 II, the available source code is still limited to the Japanese variant of the handset and it can be found here. However, we expect Sony to publish sources for the global variant as well, probably later this week.

With the official Xperia 1 II and Xperia 10 II kernel source codes, custom ROM developers like LineageOS and Pixel Experience can now begin works on modified versions of Android 10 for these devices.

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