Today has been quite the day for Sony Xperia X users. Earlier today, we reported that Jolla has launched the Sailfish X store, in preparation for the launch of the custom mobile operating system for the Sony Xperia X. And now, we've received word that Sony Xperia X owners have another prospective option available to them – Android Oreo via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
The number of devices receiving unofficial Android Oreo ports has seen a massive surge as of late, with driver and component support becoming wider and wider, and more development projects finally coming to fruition. Today, developer lubik1 from the XDA Developer Forums released an alpha-stage test build of AOSP Android Oreo for the Sony Xperia X. While it may be ways away from completion, it's definitely an encouraging sign of what is to come.
The port is, of course, not perfect as of yet – as with all alpha testing builds of new software, it lacks full functionality and feature completion. So far, a number of issues and bugs have been confirmed, which we have listed below:
- The main phone/call speaker is not functional.
- Both the front 8MP camera and the rear 20MP cameras (and their respective image processing units) are not functional as of right now.
- You may encounter bootloops while testing the software – if so, reflash the build without the gapps package, and the issue shouldn't persist.
There may be other stability issues and bugs around the build, but no significant ones have been reported as of yet. All things considered, this seems to be a solid first build, with not as many deal-breaking features as we normally see in a first alpha. This build could be viable for many users who want to see what the latest version of Android is like, and how it performs on their Xperia X's. You can grab it here
So what do you guys think? Will you try installing this on your Sony Xperia X? Is this more viable and more accessible than Sailfish X? Let us know what you think in the comments, or post your opinions over in our forums.