I agreed, if you like to play around with your phone, HTC M8 is the one to go, last time I checked there were about 20 different ROMs out there, plus you can do audio mod, viper audio, harmon kardon, super CID, sim unlock, S on off.......
Sony phones has smaller community, not too much developments, I had the Xperia ZL and I still have Z ultra, so I know.
you are using non-flagship (ZL), niche devices (Z Ultra) and you are comparing to flagships? how can you expect loads of ROMs/kernels?
# of ROMs are least important - i can create a shell script to spit out 50 different ROMs which will vary just by a few apps but which some of the cooks in Sammy/HTC community "market" as "new ROMs"... thats completely useless...
Audio MODs? look at Z, Z1 communities... LOADS of Audio MODS...
Super CID => useless for Sony users as we can anyways flash WHICH EVER REGION FIRMWARE WE WANT! thats called FREEDOM & FLEXIBILITY!
SIM Unlock | S on/off => Sony bootloaders are TOUGH to crack, the last time someone was able to do so was in 2011... after that NO SONY DEVICE HAS BEEN HACKED... very secure bootloader... AND YOU SHOULD BE VERY HAPPY THAT THIS IS THE CASE!
also achieving such SIM Unlocks / S on/off is largely dependent on the user community... more the user base, more likelyhood of having more devs... when the expert unlockers see that there is potential (large user base) they either wait for a big bounty to cash in or start selling their exploits to developers who create paid "UNLOCKING SOFTWARE"...
Yes, as DooMLoRD said, the bootloader of Sony is quite strong from the point of view of development. With my little experience with Xperia Tipo I have noticed that there are several other advantages over OEM.
1. The bootloader is not in eMMC, this means that you can delete (in theory) the entire memory and (in theory) you can turning back. This makes the Xperia virtually unbrickables.
2. Sony launches blobs and other files necessary even before launching the phone (as with the Z2).
3. Sony offers AOSP for certain Z devices.
4 Thanks to s1boot (Sony S1 flash boot) You can leave your phone using Flashtool as factory, as if nothing ever happened.
5. Flashtool is infinitely better than Odin (Other tools are unknown for me).
However, there are several disadvantages in Sony's system:
1 If you touch something on TA, welcome to the world of expensive paperweight. The fact that the bootloader is virtually inaccessible makes it virtually irreparable.
That's what I've noticed in my two years with the Xperia Tipo. I had bought a Xperia Z but at 20 hours of the first start screen, it damage alone (self crack), was so fleeting that I could not put a password on the screen. It is current stored by two months because I have no money to repair it.
I'll buy Sony again despite my bad experience (even suffer, my current phone is a XYN305, just google it) because it seems as if Sony had made the bootloader, code release, etc etc for developers to enjoy (that's my staff review).
Regarding the DRM keys I think is right, I mean, imagine you're Sony, and I came with my Xperia Tipo with burnt processor and say it was your fault (knowing that burned for kernel I put). I doubt that you would like to be Sony in that situation.
Anyway, with a backup of TA and flashtool you can leave your phone as fresh out of the box, unlike Samsung which puts a token counter that can not be erased.
That's my way of seeing things, all this makes me believe that Sony is much more friendly to developers than most OEMs. Sony seems to understand well the meaning of freedom of Andorid.
I just want to say somethings too, correct me if I'm wrong anywhere
Sony provides straight forward bootloader unlocking. And after you do unlock the bootloader, you can do everything, install custom recovery/rom/kernel, all so easily, without having to worry about finding a method to root, etc. And you can backup/restore TA and relock bootloader from Flashtool
There is an official 'Flash tool' (Emma) from Sony for reverting to/flash/repair stock firmware. But it supports only a few devices.
But no worries because there's Flashtool by Androxyde which supports a large number of devices. You can't even compare Odin to Flashtool. Flashtool is just awesome maan!!
Its frequently updated,
You can install fastboot, flashmode drivers for your device from within Flashtool,
You can download any region/carrier firmware for your device from within Flashtool and flash them easily,
Xperias don't get hardbricked easily from my experience, you can almost always flash stock firmware with Flashtool and your device would be as good as new.
And from what I understand Flashtool can do most of these stuff because of Sony's S1 boot flashing protocol.
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