Sony to Offer Its Android 4.0 WebGL as Open Source
Sony recently indicated that it plans to make its WebGL implementation created for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available as open source. Sony explains that the "WebKit code for Android 4.0 is much more recent, and therefore the required modifications are more manageable." Sony made this decision based on feedback from its developer community and because it says it is committed to open web standards. The code is free for anyone who is interested in using it and/or modifying it to suit their own purposes.
Sony Seeking User Interface Design Feedback from Swedes
Sony today announced the Sony Concept for Android program in Sweden, which is a way for the company to test new user interface features for its smartphones. To start, Sony is offering 500 Swedish owners of the Xperia Z3 access to a new user experience that's based on a nearly stock version of Android 5.1 Lollipop, with some core Sony elements tossed into the mix.
Google Open Sources Chrome for iOS
Google today said it has made an open source version of its Chrome browser for iOS available to developers. Google says today's news is the result of year's worth of work.
Sony Ports Android M Preview to Some Xperia Phones
Sony today made it possible for developers to test Android M on some of its Xperia-branded smartphones. Google released the Android M Developer Preview in May.
Google to Remove Oracle's Code from Android
Google plans to take Oracle's proprietary Java code out of the Android operating system. Rather than rely on Oracle's Java Development Kit (JDK), Google will switch to the OpenJDK.