A brief introduction for all who don’t know CyanogenMod:
CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for a number of cell phones based on the open-source Android operating system. It offers features not found in the official Android based firmwares of vendors of these cell phones.
CyanogenMod 7 has announced that they would be coming to a wide array of Sony Ericsson smartphones thanks to a group effort by the developers of Cyanogen and FreeXperia.
Users of Sony Ericsson devices have been left out of the CyanogenMod experience for a while now. The announce says that the users will be able to enjoy a full-fledged CyanogenMod with nearly full hardware support (still working on FM radio) starting in their next release. You can also expect nightly builds and more instructions soon.
Karl-Johan Dahlström, Head of Developer Relations, explains:
Back in the spring of earlier this year, Sony Ericsson announced and released the option to unlock the boot loader for 2011 Xperia™ phones. We then moved on to explain how to build your own Linux kernel. As a third step, we have now supported the FreeXperia group. The reason for this is that we firmly believe in the openness of Android™, and we are really impressed by the huge activity shown in our products. By being supportive and open, we hope to both learn from the open community, and also share knowledge when that is possible.
He also adds:
Overall, we do think the initiative to support these independent developers is a way for Sony Ericsson to show our support to the open developer community. We truly hope to make a difference in the world of Android™.
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)