Create IR remote-enabled apps for Xperia™ Tablet S [code]

Yesterday, we published the Sony add-on SDK on Developer World, and today, we thought we should highlight how you can create new innovative IR remote use cases for your app on the Xperia™ Tablet S, such as an app that could switch the channels on TV, based on specific genres (sitcoms) or interests (sports). Or that you can create a new app, such as a cool TV remote, using the IR remote functionality of the Xperia™ Tablet S. With the open sourced IR remote sensor API for the Xperia™ Tablet S, all this is possible. Read on to learn more and download the IR remote sensor code examples and documentation kit.

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Create IR remote-enabled apps for Xperia™ Tablet S [code]

Download the Sony add-on SDK Add from Developer World [SDK]

Now we’ve gathered all Xperia™  developer tools at Developer World, as we now make the free Sony add-on SDK available for download from this site. The Sony add-on SDK enables you to easily develop apps that make use of the special features included in Sony tablets. For instance, you can develop Small Apps, which are miniature apps that run on top of other applications in the Sony Xperia Tablet S. You can also develop apps that make use of the IR remote sensor  features in the Sony Xperia Tablet S, such as a TV remote app that switch the channels on TV, based on specific genres (sitcoms) or interests (sports). Head over to the Sony Add-on SDK section to learn more and get code examples, emulators and documentation. Happy coding!

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Download the Sony add-on SDK Add from Developer World [SDK]

Get the DASH-presentation from Big Android BBQ [presentation]

Did you attend Big Android BBQ in October? At the event, Oskar Anderö, Senior software architect at Sony, held a presentation about the Dynamic Android Sensor HAL (DASH). This is an open source GitHub project, that we made available earlier this year, which made us the the first manufacturer to release such a sensor framework. For all of you who missed the presentation at Big Android BBQ, or if you want to re-visit it, feel free to download Oskar’s DASH presentation.

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Get the DASH-presentation from Big Android BBQ [presentation]

HD Voice: How it works

A few weeks back our friends at the Xperia™ news blog posted a piece about Xperia T being HD Voice certified (in fact, the coming Xperia™ V is also HD Voice certified). Now, we will dive deeper into the HD Voice technology. This is a technology that enables you to get superior voice quality during calls, thanks to speech codec, acoustic design and signal processing enhancements. Read more about how HD Voice works after the jump!

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HD Voice: How it works

Five questions to Small App-developer Paco Salazar

If you’re thinking about extending your app with support for a Small App, here’s some inspiration for you. A Small App is an app that can run on top of other activities on the Xperia Tablet S. But how is it like to develop a Small App? I talked to Paco Salazar, who developed the Task Changer Small App, to learn more about how he used the Small App feature in the Sony Add-on SDK. Get the full story after the jump.

And don’t forget that you can get a free Xperia Tablet S by telling us about your Small App!

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Five questions to Small App-developer Paco Salazar

Get all the highlights from Droidcon and VHack London [presentations+pictures]

Did you miss Droidcon and the VHack in London last week, or do you feel like re-living some of the action? No worries, we’ve gathered up some of the highlights, as well as images and presentations from Sony. Droidcon London is one of biggest and most influential Android events in Europe, gathering about 1100 attendees this year. And the VHack gathered about 70 top developers from all over Europe who celebrated five years of Android by hacking their way through Friday and Sunday. Check it all out after the jump.

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Get all the highlights from Droidcon and VHack London [presentations+pictures]

Linux developers join forces in the Linaro project

Have you heard about Linaro? It’s a non-profit organisation made up of eight members working to improve the Linux kernel for ARM architectures (ARM is one of the largest processor developers in the industry). At Sony, we think this initiative is really great, and we can see clear benefits of cooperating in Linux development. Read on as Tony Månsson, Linux developer at Sony, explains why Linaro is so important, and how you can get started on working on the kernel yourself.

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Linux developers join forces in the Linaro project

Add Small App support to your existing app

On Developer World, we recently made available the Sony Add-on SDK, which lets you support our Small App feature on the new Xperia Tablet S. If you want to enable your existing app to also function as a Small App, you simply have to add some simple code to your app. From a developer’s perspective, adding Small App support is very similar to how you add widget support. And by extending your app with a Small App, you can gain visibility for your app along with the added functionality. Read on for instructions!

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Add Small App support to your existing app

Chance for a free Xperia™ Tablet S if you add Small App support

*** UPDATE: This campaign has now ended. ***

App developer? Today we’re kicking off a campaign in search of great Small Apps, and in return we will hand out an Xperia™ Tablet S for free to the developer of the app we like the most. Small Apps is a new multi-tasking functionality available on the new Xperia Tablet S, and a Small App can run on top of any other activity or be minimised to the edge for quick access.  This enables true multi-tasking! And by using the Sony Add-on SDK and the Small Apps code example and documentation, you can easily extend your app to include the Small App functionality, which will help you gain visibility for your app. Read on for the details on how to get the chance to receive a free Xperia™ Tablet S!

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Chance for a free Xperia™ Tablet S if you add Small App support

“A single service for every device” the vision for Sony supported web research project

Imagine that you would be able to write joint tweets with a friend, on his or her connected TV, with your friend using a tablet to start writing the tweet, and you adding a link and some hash tags from your smartphone to the same tweet before you publish it. Imagine yourself playing games together using different devices but playing the same game at the same time. Imagine a friend joining the game remotely, on a yet another device such as a desktop computer. All this are visions imagined by the researchers in the EU-funded collaborative* research project called webinos. Read on as Claes Nilsson, researcher at Sony and member of the project, explains more.

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“A single service for every device” the vision for Sony supported web research project
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