Sony contributes Runtime Resource Overlay framework to Android [code example]

Just recently, a new framework called Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) was contributed by Sony to the Android code base. This framework provides the ability to replace application resources while the application is running, we currently use RRO for device customisation and to support Xperia Themes. In this article, Mårten Kongstad, Lead Developer of Runtime Resource Overlay, explains this new framework in detail.

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Sony contributes Runtime Resource Overlay framework to Android [code example]

Sony submits “gadget” functionality to Firefox OS for evaluation [video]

Today Sony continued the Firefox OS evaluation started last year by submitting a widget-like functionality (we call it “gadgets”), which allows easy interaction with applications from the home screen. It is now uploaded to Bugzilla, where the Firefox OS community will evaluate and discuss if and how to integrate this functionality into Firefox OS.  Note that it’s still work in progress and you can influence how it will look like in the end.

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Sony submits “gadget” functionality to Firefox OS for evaluation [video]

The new Sony SmartEyeglass concept explained [video]

Imagine that you walk into an airport and instantly get directions to your check-in desk, or that you get scores and names of players displayed while watching a football game in real life. These are just some of the potential use cases of the new Sony SmartEyeglass concept, that’s currently available for preview at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Read on for technical details and more!

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The new Sony SmartEyeglass concept explained [video]

Xperia™ L added to our AOSP for Xperia project on GitHub [open source]

Today we’ve added Xperia L to our growing Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) for Xperia devices, letting you build and flash Android 4.4 (KitKat) on your unlocked Xperia L. This is the first time we’ve added support for a device with the 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 dual-core chip. Read more about the project and how to participate after the jump!

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Xperia™ L added to our AOSP for Xperia project on GitHub [open source]

Get your app promoted by Sony with the Stand out from the crowd programme

Today we kick-off the Stand out from the crowd programme, which is an app search campaign where we’re looking for professional developers with high quality apps that can bring something extra to the Sony experience. As part of the Stand out campaign, we will send out hundreds of devices to selected developers. We will also offer selected developers app promotion in online Sony channels, and at industry tradeshows like CES or Mobile World Congress. Get all the facts in the full post.

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Get your app promoted by Sony with the Stand out from the crowd programme

UPDATED: Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) 4.3 now running on Xperia™ Tablet Z [video]

Just a couple of hours ago, Google released the source code for Android 4.3. And as you can see in the video above, we already have it running on Xperia Tablet Z, even though important functionality is not supported. And as a developer, you can build and flash it yourself as it is available on GitHub.

Update: The AOSP device configuration for Xperia Z and Xperia ZL over at GitHub is now also working for Android 4.3. Read on to get the details!

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UPDATED: Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) 4.3 now running on Xperia™ Tablet Z [video]

New experimental Illumination bar API available

Many people have contacted us about the API for the illumination bar available on a number of our Xperia™ smartphones, such as Xperia™ SP. And upon these requests from the developer community, we are as of today providing the Illumination API for free as an “experimental API”. This means you can experiment with illumination effects in your app in any way you like, but we will only provide limited documentation and no support. Read on to learn how to get started!

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New experimental Illumination bar API available

Support for Xperia™ Tablet Z in our flash tool for unlocked devices

We have now added support for Xperia™ Tablet Z to our flash tool for Xperia™ devices. With this tool, you can flash Sony software on devices with the boot loader unlocked. And now there is software available for Xperia™ Tablet Z (SGP321 and SGP311). Get all the information you need on the flash tool page.

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Support for Xperia™ Tablet Z in our flash tool for unlocked devices

Sony’s open source BacklogTool updated with new features

BacklogTool is a light weight planning tool that allows users to plan their daily work and easily rank their tasks using drag and drop. BacklogTool was developed at our internal software tools department, and since we like it so much we shared it on GitHub a while ago. Now it’s been updated with several new features, read on to learn more!

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Sony’s open source BacklogTool updated with new features

Xperia™ Tablet Z added to the AOSP for Xperia™ project on GitHub [open source]

Today we added Xperia Tablet Z to our Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) for Xperia™ devices. Xperia Tablet Z follows in the footsteps of Xperia Z and Xperia S, which are open for developers to explore. Learn how to participate and get the latest technical status in the full post.

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Xperia™ Tablet Z added to the AOSP for Xperia™ project on GitHub [open source]
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