More cameras now support Focus mode in the Camera Remote API beta SDK

An update is now available for the Smart Remote Control app for Sony cameras, which adds remote movie recording support to the cameras DSC-HX400 and DSC-HX60, but most importantly, it adds support for the Focus mode feature in the Camera Remote API beta SDK, for compatible cameras. This allows you to develop apps that can control the camera’s focus mode remotely.

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More cameras now support Focus mode in the Camera Remote API beta SDK

Build instructions for AOSP KitKat now available

You can now find instructions on how to use device configurations from Sony to build AOSP KitKat and flash it on an unlocked Xperia device, in a new guide we’ve created. This guide includes a step-by-step instruction that takes you from preparations of your environment, to what tools you should download and install, and then how to configure the code. At last, we’ll explain how to build an AOSP image and flash it to your device.  Please note that you should be familiar with Android development to use the instructions, and that the software created is not intended for daily usage and there are important limitations. Head over to the How to build AOSP KitKat and flash it on an unlocked Xperia device guide to get started!

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Build instructions for AOSP KitKat now available

SmartWatch 2 API documentation now available online

SmartWatch 2 is a success among app developers, with over 500 apps available on Google Play. When developing SmartWatch 2 apps developers have until now had to struggle with quite massive PDFs for the API documentation, but that’s about to change. All the documentation have now been revised based on all the requests and input we have received, and we have made the SmartWatch 2 API documentation available online as web pages at developer.sony.com.

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SmartWatch 2 API documentation now available online

Android developers – learn about Sony’s offerings at Droidcon London

Are you interested in trying SmartEyeglass, Sony’s binocular, see-through eyewear with camera, GPS and sensors? Or maybe learn about how to test your apps on Sony devices for free through the newly-launched Remote Device Lab (beta)? Find out about all that Sony has to offer developers at this year’s Droidcon London.

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Android developers – learn about Sony’s offerings at Droidcon London

Xperia™ Z2 and Xperia™ Z1 added to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub [video + open source]

Today we’re happy to tell you that we’ve added Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 to our AOSP for Xperia project on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. In addition, Xperia Z has been updated to the latest Android version. At the same time, we’re starting to use a unified kernel for devices based on the Qualcomm® MSM8974 platform, which will make it easier for all you community developers to adapt the kernel to your needs.

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Xperia™ Z2 and Xperia™ Z1 added to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub [video + open source]

Create clocks and widgets for SmartWatch 2

New APIs for SmartWatch 2 and Small Apps available in the updated add-on SDK from Sony.

New open source tool for building kernels

Now you can pack Linux kernels for devices based on Qualcomm® platforms using a dedicated open source tool from Sony: the mkqcdtbootimg tool. The mkqcdtbootimg tool, which is available on GitHub, adds support for including one or more device tree blobs when rebuilding kernels. To reflect this, our recent tutorial How to rebuild kernels for flagship Xperia devices has been updated to make use of the new tool.

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New open source tool for building kernels

AOSP support for Xperia devices

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk at XDA DevCon in Manchester about Sony Mobile’s approach to AOSP. We’ve seen a lot of engagement on the subject – lots of comments, lots of questions – so we wanted to share more details and clarify a few points about the work we do to provide binaries and source code to community developers. The binaries and source code are then used as a base when community developers are compiling their own custom ROMs.

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Verify your app for free on real Xperia devices with the new Remote Device Lab (beta)

Today we’re launching a beta version of Remote Device Lab, which will enable you to easily verify your app on a range of Xperia smartphones and tablets, without having to buy them. Through this free and easy-to-use online service, you can connect to a real Xperia device, and then upload your app on the device for verification.

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Verify your app for free on real Xperia devices with the new Remote Device Lab (beta)

Understanding touch resampling in smartphones – Touchscreen technology series 3

This is the third article in our touchscreen technology series. In this piece, our touchscreen experts – Magnus Johansson, Master Systems Engineer software, and Alexander Hunt, Senior Systems Engineer hardware – explain Android touch resampling, which happens when a new, synthetic touch event is created and inserted into the event flow. Read more after the jump.

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Understanding touch resampling in smartphones – Touchscreen technology series 3

Introducing the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview)

Today we’re proud to announce the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview) in support of the light-weight SmartEyeglass transparent lens eyewear. The transparent lenses have excellent brightness, allowing information to be superimposed and clearly viewed, in the wearer’s natural field of view. With the launch of the SmartEyeglass SDK (with an emulator included), we hope to give developers an opportunity to start developing apps in the innovative field of in-view augmented reality. This sets the foundation for a varied, exciting ecosystem of experiences to support the product at launch.

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Introducing the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview)

Sony <3 openness

At Sony, we are constantly trying to support the open Android community - learn more about these initiatives to the right.

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