Sony Releases Open Source Kernel Files For Xperia Z1


Sony has posted the kernel files for their new flagship phone, the Xperia Z1[1] (codenamed “Honami”) as open-source on their developer website, this time even before the phone actually is available for purchase everywhere. And to me that is just more proof that Sony is an excellent Android[2] device manufacturer, maybe the best even. I really love that they are helping the developer community so much. It’s like night and day compared to Samsung…

Sony[3] has always made it easy to root or modify their devices, they have even encouraged it, they have even built their own custom AOSP[4] ROMs and released them to the public!

The kernel files posted on their website will allow developers to create custom ROMs and much more. Their former flagship phone, the Xperia Z already has a large modding community, so we can just expect the same for the Xperia Z1.


  1. Xperia Z1 is one of Sony’s flagship phones in 2013. It has a full 1080p 5-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and a 20.7 megapixel camera as some of it’s biggest remarks. See more posts tagged Xperia Z1.  ↩

  2. Android is a Linux-based mobile operating system developed and distributed by Google in conjunction with the Open Handset Alliance. See more posts tagged Android.  ↩

  3. Sony Corporation, commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan Minato, Tokyo, Japan. See more posts tagged Sony.  ↩

  4. “Android Open Source Project” or “AOSP” to refer to the people, the processes, and the source code that make up Android. The people oversee the project and develop the actual source code. The processes refer to the tools and procedures we use to manage the development of the software. The result is the source code that you can use to build cell phone and other devices.  ↩