Introducing SmartBand 2, with heart rate monitor, colour LEDs and Android/iOS support

Today, we’re introducing the next generation SmartBand 2, which features an advanced heart rate sensor, and provides notifications through vibration and color LEDs. SmartBand 2 is compatible with any device running Android 4.4 (KitKat) onwards and iOS 8.2. Get the full specs for SmartBand 2 after the jump.

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Introducing SmartBand 2, with heart rate monitor, colour LEDs and Android/iOS support

First 64-bit Xperia devices added to Sony’s Open Device project

Today the flagship devices Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, and Xperia Z4 Tablet WiFi have been added to our Open Device project. With this addition, it is now possible for developers to build AOSP versions for the first Xperia devices based on the 64-bit Qualcomm© Snapdragon 810 processor.

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First 64-bit Xperia devices added to Sony’s Open Device project

Introducing two new Sony smartphones – Xperia C5 Ultra, with two 13MP cameras, and the waterproof Xperia M5, with 21.5MP camera

Today, we’ve announced Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5, two new smartphones joining our 2015 range of Xperia devices. Xperia C5 Ultra features an industry-first, twin 13MP front and rear camera, 6” Full HD display, and 1.7 GHz 64 bit Octa-core processor with 2GB RAM. The waterproof* Xperia M5 offers a 21.5MP rear camera, 5” Full HD display, and a 64-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. Read on for all the specs for Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5.

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Introducing two new Sony smartphones – Xperia C5 Ultra, with two 13MP cameras, and the waterproof Xperia M5, with 21.5MP camera

App developers can now explore Lifelog user predictability with Data Science and Machine Learning

Could you benefit from knowing your Lifelog users favourite locations and predicting their movement between those locations? In this post, Sony’s Master Engineer, Håkan Jonsson, explains how to apply machine learning to location data retrieved from the Sony Lifelog API. Find out about machine learning, clustering, how to access Sony’s Lifelog API and check out Håkan’s own notebook.

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App developers can now explore Lifelog user predictability with Data Science and Machine Learning

Humberto Borba selected as hero open source developer for May-June 2015

Developer World team has selected the next hero open source developer who has made the most accepted commits to our projects on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. During the months of May and June, Brazilian developer Humberto Borba contributed the most to our projects. Read on for more details about Humberto, and learn how you could become the next hero open source developer.

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Humberto Borba selected as hero open source developer for May-June 2015

Sony <3 openness

Don't miss out when Alin Jerpelea and the Open Device team add new devices, software versions or instructions related to AOSP.

Theme Creator BETA updated with basic Lollipop support

Using Sony’s Theme Creator BETA tool you can easily create professional-looking themes for Xperia devices. With the latest version, Theme Creator BETA 0.0.3, you can now create themes for devices running Android 5.0 (Lollipop). This is something that we know many of you have been waiting for, and even though the Lollipop support is basic at this point we hope it’s useful to those who are keen to get started.

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Theme Creator BETA updated with basic Lollipop support

IFTTT and Sony collaborate to create a Lifelog Channel

If This Then That, or IFTTT, is a web-based service that offers users the ability to automate digital activities by connecting services and apps. Working together with Sony, IFTTT have integrated the Lifelog API, enabling the use of data capture and API endpoints from Sony’s activity tracker, giving users even greater creative control.

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IFTTT and Sony collaborate to create a Lifelog Channel

Updated: Android M Developer Preview available for Xperia™ devices in Sony’s Open Device program

Update – In response to queries regarding the technicalities of the post, we’d like to clarify what we’ve released here. We provided build instructions based on the AOSP project under the branch android-m-preview, showing the Android M platform changes so far. That build gives an early preview of Android M for custom ROM developers to play with. Be aware that at this point the API levels are still at Lollipop MR1, what we show is Android M Developer Preview purely from a platform perspective.

Note that the Android M Developer Preview for Nexus devices from Google supports the latest API level. Xperia devices flashed using the build instructions linked from this post, do not support those APIs.

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Updated: Android M Developer Preview available for Xperia™ devices in Sony’s Open Device program

Camera Remote API beta SDK now supports five new Sony cameras including A7R II

Today we released the Camera Remote API beta SDK v2.10, adding support for Sony’s current flagship interchangeable lens digital camera A7R II. There is also support for the latest Cyber-shot RX Series; the compact RX100 IV and the high performance, high-zoom RX10 II, as well as the high-zoom compact cameras HX90 and WX500.

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Camera Remote API beta SDK now supports five new Sony cameras including A7R II

Augmented reality made possible

Learn how to develop apps with the new SmartEyeglass SDK.

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