xperia_arc_camera

Camera libraries available for Sony Ericsson phones

As promised when we announced our support of independent developers, we have now made the camera library binaries for a number of Sony Ericsson phones available under a special end user license agreement (EULA). You can use these camera libraries to handle the camera hardware in our 2011 Xperia™ phones except Xperia™ PLAY, which has a different camera module.

Download and find out more after the jump.

As we stated a while back, we recognise custom ROMs as an important part of the Android™ ecosystem. When we decided to support the FreeXperia group working on the custom ROMs for Sony Ericsson phones, we quickly found out they had problems with our cameras. This is because the camera technology used by Sony Ericsson is a very advanced – we actually consider it to be the best in the market. However it is a closed implementation, so we can’t share the source code for it.

However, after some discussions with the FreeXperia team, we agreed to allow the FreeXperia team to use our libraries (which can be seen as drivers) for the cameras. But these libraries could not be used as they were, since they had dependencies to other modules in the phone that could not be included in the custom ROM project. To solve this, we rebuilt the libraries and provided them with a special EULA.

These newly rebuilt camera libraries are now modified with less dependencies to other libraries. We have recompiled the libraries without code changes but with different build flags. You can use these camera libraries under a special EULA-license. There are several important conditions you need to comply with, for example:

The Software can be copied and distributed under the condition that the original copyright notice and disclaimer of warranty will stay intact and the Licensee will not charge money or fees for the Software, whether as a stand-alone product, or as part of a compilation or anthology.

Several more conditions apply – please read the full EULA and make sure you are complying before using the camera libraries in any software. Download the camera libraries and find the full EULA text in the zip. Here you can also find a short instruction on how to start using these libraries. For more information on how use libraries like these, please see the FreeXperia project related thread on the XDA forum. We don’t have any possibilities in providing further support on this.

At last but not least, we want to say thanks to all of you in the community supporting this work, we really appreciate it. Even though we might not be able to support every single request we get, we are doing our best to support the community going forward.

Karl-Johan Dahlström
Head of Developer Relations
Sony Ericsson

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  2. By Shyam Sasindran

    #2

    Thanks .. Lot of users are waiting for the release :)

  3. By Mujahid Reza

    #3

    I hope the extra compression bug in the pictures captured would be addressed now. 8 mp pictures should not be less than 1 mb in size.

    • By Tobias Nilsson

      #5

      Hi Quliev,

      Xperia X10 were launched in mid 2010. Since then we have provided Sony Ericsson software upgrades to Android Gingerbread. When it comes to the camera libraries for Xperia X10, they are based on another architecture than the 2011 products, and we had to prioritise our resources on upcoming releases and products.

      Regards,
      Tobias from Developer World

      • By Anonymous

        #6

        Hello Tobias,
        Is it possible to manage noise reduction level from application without patching camera drivers?
        Are there such a setting exist and available for app developers?
        Thank you.

        • By Tobias Nilsson

          #7

          Hi again,

          thanks for you question. I have now received feedback on your question, and unfortunately there is no such setting to manage noice reduction in general.

          Regards,
          Tobias from Developer World

        • By Tobias Nilsson

          #8

          Hi there! I’m investigating this, and I will get back with an answer as soon as I have it.

          Regards,
          Tobias from Developer World