Smartphone maker Sony Ericsson has decided to work closely with developers creating custom Android ROM for devices in order to learn from them.
The company said in a blog post that it has decided to support an open source developer group called ‘FreeXperia’, which creates custom Android ROMs based on the CyanogenMod for several Sony Ericsson phones like the Xperia ARC and Play.
Sony Ericsson maintained that it does not approve some of the work carried out by independent developers but was keen to work with developers who were developing custom ROMs.
“The reason for this is that we firmly believe in the openness of Android, and we are really impressed by the huge activity shown in our products. By being supportive and open, we hope to both learn from the open community, and also share knowledge when that is possible,” the company said.
The company helped out the developers by explaining the working of some proprietary solutions like the camera. Sony Ericsson also gave the group 20 Sony Ericsson devices to work on.
Sony Ericsson, however, amidst its new-found developer love, added that unlocking the boot loader and installing custom ROMs will void the warranty of the devices.