Back in August it was announced that the CM team would be supporting the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Arc, and Neo. Well they are going more than one better as they are now going to support 10 new Sony Ericsson devices.
The details as what was posted on the CyanogenMod website are below.
The CyanogenMod and FreeXperia team is happy to announce CyanogenMod support for multiple Xperia™ devices.
Users of Sony Ericsson devices have been left out of the CyanogenMod experience for a while now. We are happy to announce that users will be able to enjoy a full-fledged CyanogenMod with nearly full hardware support (we are still working on FM radio) starting in our next release. You can also expect nightly builds and more instructions soon.
The following devices will be supported:
- Xperia™ arc
- Xperia™ neo
- Xperia™ mini
- Xperia™ mini pro
- Xperia™ PLAY
- Xperia™ ray
- Xperia™ active (when available)
- Xperia™ pro (when available)
- Xperia™ X10
- Xperia™ X8
- Xperia™ X10 mini
- Xperia™ X10 mini pro
Andreas Makris (Bin4ry), Diogo Ferreira (defer) and Alin Jerpelea (jerpelea) will be maintaining these devices from now on.
We would like to stress that work on the 2011 line-up would not have been possible without the strong involvement of Sony Ericsson with the developer community. In addition to providing unlockable bootloaders to all new devices, they provided us both with devices and technical expertise that proved invaluable in making all this happen.
This is great news for all Sony Ericsson device owners who have been waiting and wishing for some CM7 delight. If you are happy to mod and tweak, then even if you don’t own any of the above devices from Sony Ericsson then you might think about going to get one.
Another reason to get onboard with Sony Ericsson is that they clearly get what Android is about and that is an open platform that provides choice to the users.
Below is what Sony Ericsson Head of Developer Relations Karl-Johan Dahlström posted on the matter.
In developer forums worldwide, there is a huge activity and engagement in the open Android™ ecosystem. And we also know there are a lot of independent developers out there who are creating their own custom ROMs or modifying the kernel. The Sony Ericsson Developer program is following this community with great interest, and even though Sony Ericsson is not supporting all the activities by independent developers, we recognize that custom ROMs are a part of the Android ecosystem.
We therefore decided to assist a group of developers called “FreeXperia”. The overall open developer community is important to Sony Ericsson, and we hope to learn from it, and share knowledge ourselves. The FreeXperia group was supported with devices and technical know-how, and they are now in the process of creating custom ROMs based on the CyanogenMod for several of our latest Xperia™ phones, including Xperia™ PLAY and Xperia™ arc.
To read what Karl-Johan Dahlström has to say fully then you can read the full post here: Sony Ericsson supports independent developers
It’s great when big manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson get involved with the Android developing community and show that they see it as a very important part of Android. Now with FreeXperia, CyanogenMod and SE all working to bring us CM7 on Sony Ericsson handsets I think those devices just got even better indeed.
Posted by: Jemima