Originally Posted by Linwood.Ferguson
One thing many wonder, and if you or others have insight yet, is how this will develop as a developer-friendly phone. Having watched the frustration with the S2 and Samsung's lack of code release, and the early hints that Sony is being friendly -- how friendly?
Setting aside looking for ETA's, now that a few people have them in their hands, is there a developing consensus of where this phone may end up on the spectrum of developer support?
Well, you never know until you have a device in your hands, but everything looks positive so far.
I received more honest and accurate answers to technical questions from Sony engineers in the first week of having the T than I did in more than a year of dealing with Samsung.
With CM10 on the T, while there are still a few glitches to polish out, there's nothing in the category of "there's no way in hell I'll ever fix this ****".
CM10.1 on the T isn't quite where anyone hoped it would be, but this was partly due to an experiment (fully rebasing it onto Mako sources) that didn't quite pan out. With any device, in its first few months of existence, time is needed to build an understanding and knowledge of the device.
From a developer standpoint, inclusion of a Qualcomm-based device in AOSP with the Nexus 4 was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in terms of having the same (or similar) SoC as a Nexus, a curse in terms of having not one but TWO potential places to find reference source - which do you choose? Yes, with the T the challenge is not enough platform reference source, it's actually too much - while it consumes a bit of time in the short term, in the long term, that's a GOOD problem to have.
Compare to Exynos4, where we have a grand total of 0 viable places to go for platform reference source. (No AOSP, and Insignal's source is outdated ****)
Also, with the T, there are a lot of new developers coming up to speed with Sony in general - many of those T developers either have or will be getting the Z.
With the Exynos-based Galaxy S2 and S3 families, the more we came to understand and know the device(s) and platform, the more we hated them. With the T - the more I get to know it, the more I like it, and I expect the same from the Z.
I'd expect, barring any weird surprises, that since this device shares the same SoC as the Nexus 4, it's going to be in a similar category to the original GalaxyS family - those were "devices that just wouldn't die" due to having the same SoC as the Nexus S - but it DID take them a while to get there.
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