Less than a month after Google released a developer preview of Android M for the latest Google Nexus devices, Sony is giving developers to test an early version of the next version of Android on some of its devices as well.
Sony has released an Android M Developer Preview for Sony Xperia devices as part of the Sony Open Device program.
While this will help developers test the new version of Android before it’s more widely available and make sure their apps are compatible, there are a few reasons you might not want to use Android M as your operating system for normal, daily use on an Xperia device. Right now there’s no support for the camera or modem, for instance, which means you won’t be able to snap pictures or use mobile data on an Xperia phone running the developer preview.
That said, if you want to take Android M for a spin, all you need is a supported device with an unlocked bootloader. That includes most versions of the Sony Xperia Z1, Z2, and Z3 including Compact, Ultra, and tablet-sized versions of the phone.