Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th Aug 2012 10:27 UTC
Google Fascinating bit of news dug up by The Verge. AOSP's main man, Jean-Baptiste Queru, has announced that he is going to try to add support for the Sony Xperia S to AOSP - effectively turning it into a Nexus-class device. "Over time, AOSP has added files related to various hardware targets. [...] For a new challenge, I'd like to try to go one step further, and to target some hardware beyond the usual categories. I've added a git project for the Sony LT26, i.e. Xperia S. This seems like a good target: it's a powerful current GSM device, with an unlockable bootloader, from a manufacturer that has always been very friendly to AOSP." AOSP support is usually reserved for Nexus devices, so this is certainly a bold new step for Android to take. Coincidentally, I made a list yesterday of possible Android phones to replace my Galaxy SII if the need were to arise, and the Xperia S sits firmly atop that list because of its distinctive, angled design (as opposed to the rounded blandness of the SIII and One X). In other words, this is yet another reason to go with this one (since my SII is doing just fine, I'm actually holding out for a WP8 Lumia to replace my HTC HD7).
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Bill Shooter of Bul
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Yeah, obviously. With the wide variability of Android phone makers, I'm very careful with my recommendations. If someone gets a bad android as their first android phone, it will reflect badly on android rather than the manufacturer in many cases. The cost between the high end androids and the pieces of crap is practically zero in the US on a subsidised contract. ( If $100 is such a difficult amount to part with, you shouldn't be getting a smart phone plan which bumps up your bill ~$30 a month). So, I recommend the best, which will give the user the best experience. Currently that would be either the Galaxy SII or HTC one X for most people. No real reason to mess with any of the others for most people.

I think Manufacturers in the US are starting to figure this out. Motorola has recently committed to building less middle and low end phones and focus on building the best high end ones.

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