Android Manufacturers like HTC and Samsung are known to put some sort of skin over their version of Android to express their take on how an operating system should look like. Usually any tinkering with the User Interface or the whole Operating System on their phones are frowned upon. Sony over the past year though starts taking a different approach towards the tinkering of Android on their phones. They supported the whole motion for developers to create custom User Interface based on Android by releasing and opening up their bootloaders, kernel source codes, and driver binaries. All these allows developers simpler and more straightforward access towards their system and indirectly encourages developers to develop on Sony’s platform.
With their continuous effort to solidify their relationship with the developers community they most probably start releasing their future smartphones with the stock Android to allow greater access and less effort put in by developers to customise and develop on Android. Seeing that no other manufacturers are doing the same sort of thing Sony is definitely putting itself in a whole new type of market and position. This is a very unique position to be in though when other manufacturers are trying to lock up their User Interface and their version of Android. But in the end, stock Android on future Sonys; yay or nay?
Sources: Android Authority