Today Sony announced that they have added the Sony Xperia XZ smartphone to their Open Device Program, opening up the smartphone for users to do what they want with.
In particular, this will allow users to build and flash their own version of Android N onto the Xperia XZ handsets, from making it stock Android up to running something else.
Sony explained more about it with the following statement:
Xperia XZs is the latest addition to Sony’s Open Device Program, enabling you to build and flash your own version of Android N on Xperia XZs devices.
You can use our easy-to-follow build guide for instructions on building AOSP for Xperia XZs. You’ll also need to download the necessary software binaries to get started.
If you didn’t know already, the Open Device 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. We value open source and welcome you to work with us on projects via GitHub, as well as providing feedback on further resources you need and where we can improve.
You can find out more about the Open Device Program and the addition of the Xperia XZ to it at the source link below.