AOSP update: All Qualcomm-based 2014 Xperia devices now supported [video]

Today we’ve added Xperia E3 and Xperia T3 to our open device project, which means that developers can now build their own version of AOSP for all Qualcomm®-based Xperia devices released during 2014. We’ve also updated the source code for Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia M2 to improve stability.

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AOSP update: All Qualcomm-based 2014 Xperia devices now supported [video]

AR rendering API now included in the SmartEyeglass SDK

Today we have released a new version of the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview) that includes a new AR rendering API. That means you can now render text and graphics to stay overlaid onto fixed real-world positions seen through SmartEyeglass. If the user turns to look in another direction, the text and graphics will stay overlaid the fixed position as long as the object is still in view.

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AR rendering API now included in the SmartEyeglass SDK

How to unlock the boot loader of an Xperia device [video]

By unlocking the boot loader of your Xperia device, it becomes possible put a custom ROM on it. Even though we don’t recommend this to standard users, as it is not needed, we know that many of you would like to get more details on how to unlock a device. To explain this further, we have now created this step-by-step tutorial video.

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How to unlock the boot loader of an Xperia device [video]

Learn how to display 3D graphics on SmartEyeglass [tutorial]

Did you know that SmartEyeglass can display advanced 3D graphics, overlaid on the user’s field of vision? In this tutorial Sony Software Engineer Ahmet Yildirim describes how this can be done using Open Graphics Library (OpenGL). Ahmet has also created a 3D model viewer sample app that we are making available as open source.

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Learn how to display 3D graphics on SmartEyeglass [tutorial]

Handygames: “Now’s the best time for wearable gaming”

If you plan to develop apps using wearables for gaming, you’re about to enter an exciting new field of innovative user experience. This post lets you in on some of the secrets to why HandyGames made a success using SmartWatch 2 as a controller for their mobile game Aces of the Luftwaffe.

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Handygames: “Now’s the best time for wearable gaming”

System performance verification – Touchscreen technology series 4 [video]

This is the fourth article in our touchscreen technology series. In this article, the focus is on the touch panel system test, which examines the time it takes for events to travel through the touch screen ecosystem. Our touchscreen experts – Magnus Johansson, Master Systems Engineer software, and Alexander Hunt, Senior Systems Engineer hardware – also explain the equipment used for testing, as well as specific observations that are monitored, including latency, frame rate, and display refresh speed.

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System performance verification – Touchscreen technology series 4 [video]

Get support from Sony’s engineers on Stack Overflow

Are you active on Stack Overflow? This Q&A site for professional and enthusiast programmers is where you’ll find Support Engineer Robert McCain and the rest of our Support Engineering team here at Sony, actively monitoring the site for new questions. Stack Overflow has tons of technical questions and answers regarding Sony’s API and SDK-related resources. And if you can’t find the answer you need, posting and tagging your question here is the best way to get it answered.

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Get support from Sony’s engineers on Stack Overflow

Our top 5 SmartWatch 2 developer tips

SmartWatch 2 is one of Sony’s most popular devices among developers, as it enables a lot of innovative use cases related to remote control, notifications and much more. If you haven’t developed your own SmartWatch 2 app yet, or if you’re looking tweaking your existing SmartWatch 2 app, we’ve gathered our top 5 tips for developers in this post.

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Our top 5 SmartWatch 2 developer tips

Learn about the SmartEyeglass audio I/O features

Did you know that SmartEyeglass can be used as a Bluetooth headset for the host smartphone or tablet? In our new SmartEyeglass audio I/O guide, published today, you can learn how your app can send and receive audio data with the SmartEyeglass built-in microphone and speaker. This is actually done by using the Android Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile API (Android BT HFP API), much as you would for any standard Bluetooth headset.

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Learn about the SmartEyeglass audio I/O features

Start developing for SmartWatch 3

Sony’s SmartWatch 3 is now on sale in selected markets, with other markets to follow during the coming weeks. You can start developing apps right away for SmartWatch 3, using the Android SDK together with the extended set of APIs from the Android Support Library and Google Play Services. SmartWatch 3 apps can display notifications, handle voice actions, access innovative sensor technology, and much more.

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Start developing for SmartWatch 3
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