Sony may follow the lead of Motorola, OnePlus, and Nvidia in dialing back its heavy-handed approach to customizing Android.
As you can see from the video, Sony went with stock Google icons, left the software buttons alone, and implemented the same drop-down menu you get in Lollipop. Those who tested the software said some Sony apps are still baked in, but other proprietary features like the Xperia theme store, “Stamina Mode,” and screen recording were nowhere to be found.
Why this matters: If Sony goes this route it would be a welcome change. Android looks great now, and there’s no reason to muck up Google’s thoughtful design choices. What's more, heavy customization leads to slower updates—the less manufacturers change, the more quickly they can roll out new versions of Android. Sony knows how to make great hardware, so if it can combine that with a near-stock Android experience it could pique the interest of those attracted to a Nexus or Motorola device.