SDK and tutorial for LiveView™ micro display now available

I know many you have been waiting for this, and now it is here, the new SDK and developer tutorial for the LiveView™ micro display. With this SDK you can create LiveView micro display plug-ins to work as plug-ins of already existing applications, or as standalone applications, both with the purpose to feed information to the LiveView micro display.

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“Why Android is not enough”

Karl-Johan Dahlström.
Next week Karl-Johan Dahlström from Sony Ericsson’s Developer World will be talking on the topic “Why Android™ is not enough”, at the Apps World conference in London, UK. Certainly an interesting subject, where the point is that Android is important to Sony Ericsson, but it is not enough to only have Android to be the smart phone market leader.

That is why Sony Ericsson has created the Xperia™ brand, which is based on three pillars: Android, Sony and great Sony Ericsson hardware and software design. At Apps World, Karl-Johan will explain more on how this can be turned into a winning formula. Read more about these thoughts in Karl-Johan’s blog post on the Apps World web site.

The event will take place on 30 Nov -1 Dec at Olympia, London, UK. Read more about the event on the Apps World web site.

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Now hack this! WebSDK Packager source code on Github

Sony Ericsson is pleased to announce that we’re open sourcing the WebSDK Packager, an all-in-one tool for building, simulating and packaging an application’s web components into a single native shell. We’ve used this tool to create several sample web applications, such as Mavericks, Pigeon Twitter and a PhoneGap demo. These demos include location access using the Google location API, as well as PhoneGap APIs for content access. We hope that you’ll find this tool useful for building your own web applications.

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Enabling HD video recording on the Xperia™ X10

As the roll-out of the Android 2.1 update continues for Xperia™ X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro users, one of the key features introduced with the update is HD video recording in 720p. Johan Abramsson, Developer Support Engineer at Sony Ericsson, has written a quick tutorial on how you can make use of HD video recording from third party applications.

Read Johan’s tutorial here.

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Learn From the Thought Leaders at the Open Mobile Summit

Open Mobile Summit logo

The Open Mobile Summit, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco on November 8-10, brings together many of the most powerful people in the wireless and internet industries for discussions on how to build and monetize an open mobile ecosystem.

With a wide ranging set of keynotes, panel discussions, and experienced-based presentations, the event is sure to address many of the key issues and opportunities related to open mobile applications and services.

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Sony Ericsson at Telematics Munich 2010

On 3-4 November, industry leaders and decision-makers will gather at the Telematics conference in Munich. It’s Europe’s biggest and most focused conference and exhibition for the digital in-car, mobile and web industries. And of course Sony Ericsson will be there.

Troed Sångberg, Director of Research at Sony Ericsson, will participate in the panel “Leverage Wireless Tech to Optimise the In-Car Environment”. He will give his view on how our existing connected mobile environment not only can be brought into the car, but how car-specific use cases can be added to create new experiences from the merger of the car, mobile and social environments. Visit Troed’s personal blog for some elaborated thoughts on this.

More info about the event can be found on the Telematics Munich website.  For some hints and tips on how to use your phone in the car, visit www.sonyericsson.com/car.

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Unwillingly disconnected

I recently made a comment in a thread on future developments in bio technology with the view that I already consider myself to be technically augmented. Thanks to my mobile and its always-on connection to the Internet I have access not only to global human knowledge, but to my social circles and situational as well as location based information at the point of need.

Actually, that’s only true most of the time. When traveling, although there are some exceptions, that augmentation of mine is cut off. I become disconnected – and it hurts.

I’m writing this while on a train, which is one of the more positive traveling experiences. My mobile is connected throughout the trip, and if the train company offers WiFi (or I bring my mobile broadband) my laptop is as well. Since the train manages to arrive at my destination without needing my constant attention and guidance, I can also write blog posts like this one. Let’s claim that trains fulfill two of the three needs I’ve identified as being important when traveling – and let me get back to what they are in more detail later.

Tomorrow I’m going to catch a plane to Munich, where I will participate in a panel on Thursday with a topic related to this blog post. I fly quite a lot. When in an air plane, being connected becomes more complicated. We’re told to turn our mobiles off (with dubious motivation, but that’s a topic for another time) and to only use non-wireless equipment while in the air. To be fair, there are some airlines now offering in-flight WiFi, but it’s still an exception. I’d say flying currently only fulfills one, maybe two, of the three needs we have when traveling.

The conference I’m going to be at is Telematics Munich, an event focusing on the in-car digital environment. I like cars. I’ve had a driver’s license for about 18 years now and for most of that time I’ve commuted daily by car. For traveling, it’s a strange environment. While passengers in a car have a similar experience to passengers on a train, it’s quite hard to be connected as a driver. There’s no problem with the actual connection to the Internet, but since constant attention is needed to stay (safely) on the road there’s a struggle of concentration. Some research claims that the dangers we associate with using mobiles when driving is actually due to the shift in attention, and while headsets and voice commands allow us to at least have our hands free it’s still not optimal, and this is an area where I project a lot of future development to take place (not only self-driving cars, as is being researched by our friends at Google). Driving, currently, can be said to barely fulfill a single one of the three needs we have when traveling.

In my view, those needs are:

1) Being connected [to the Internet]
2) Having available attention [to act upon events]
3) Reciprocating information [about the travel itself]

This third need is barely being tapped into at the moment, and this is where I see very fertile grounds for new ideas and new business opportunities. One of the first well executed solutions I came in contact with was Waze, the crowd sourced navigation service. It feels quite natural that it’s the current speed with which you can travel on a specific road that’s important – not the speed limit or historic data. The current road conditions being easily crowd sourced from the very ones currently traveling on that road, and easily collected through their Internet connected mobiles.

But what about all the other dynamic conditions around us when traveling? Seatguru helps me select good seats when flying, but how can I find out where the currently shortest queue is for the bathrooms? Is there fresh coffee in the bistro on this train right now? Do I know the persons in the car in the other lane up ahead?

Let’s call it social. It’s either the perfect use of an otherwise overused term, or it’s at least the best one I could find. I want traveling to become more social, dynamically, at the point of need, where everybody reciprocates.

This is what I want to discuss in my panel at Telematics Munich. I’m currently on the first leg of a train-flight-car trip to get there.

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Ericsson Application Awards – Code for Cash!

Ericsson application awards

Interested in winning €15,000? Develop an Android™ app using at least one API from Ericsson Labs and you will have the chance. Ericsson is now launching the Ericsson Application Awards, a global competition open for both students and small/medium sized companies with up to 100 employees. So why not take the chance to use your superior coding skills to win some hard cash? Find out all the details on the Ericsson Application Awards website, and the Sony Ericsson Developer World website.

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