Sony SmartWatch developer campaign ends soon – last call for submissions

With our Sony SmartWatch developer campaign in full swing, we’d like to remind you that Tuesday, June 26 is the last day to submit SmartWatch apps to Google play in order to get your free Smart Wireless Headset pro, and most of all, the chance of being promoted in Sony’s social media channels. We’re also still sending out SmartWatches to developers submitting their SmartWatch app ideas through our online form. Read on to get a status update on this campaign, and to get helpful links to aid in your SmartWatch app development.

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Sony SmartWatch developer campaign ends soon – last call for submissions

SmartWatch firmware update released (and you can still get a free device)

Last week we released a firmware update for the Sony SmartWatch, which includes new UI updates and improved performance. And if you’re a developer, don’t forget that you can get a free SmartWatch device if you come up with a good idea and plan for a new SmartWatch extension. If you submit a new SmartWatch enabled app to Google Play before June 26, we will also send you a Smart Wireless Headset pro as a bonus! We might also ask to promote your app in Sony’s social media channels… Check out the video above, and the Free SmartWatch campaign page to learn more!

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SmartWatch firmware update released (and you can still get a free device)

Talented developers get free SmartWatch devices at AnDevCon, shipping to online applicants starts now!

Our search for apps and app ideas that can be extended through the Sony SmartWatch kicked into full gear at last week’s AnDevCon and with great success. We got a great response from those attending the SmartWatch session and lines of developers eager to share their SmartWatch app extension ideas with our judges. Close to 100 SmartWatches were handed out among the 1,200 developers in attendance.

In addition, we will today start to ship the first SmartWatch devices to those developers who have applied online. Read on to learn how you can submit your apps/app ideas and get a free SmartWatch, as well as promotion in Sony online media channels if your app is successful!

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Talented developers get free SmartWatch devices at AnDevCon, shipping to online applicants starts now!

Learn about the new features in EDK 2.0 (and what others did to get more visibility)

In the latest version of our Extension Development Kit (EDK 2.0), which will let you create app extensions for the Timescape and Music player apps in Sony Xperia™ phones, we’ve included some useful new API features. For example, you can now include the number of user reactions for your Timescape™ event. You can also make it possible for the end user to interact with an event object in the Timescape™ spline, without launching a detailed view. These updates will make it easier to create compelling app extensions that stand out. A bunch of developers have already created their own EDK extensions – learn more after the jump!

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Learn about the new features in EDK 2.0 (and what others did to get more visibility)

Get to know your Android™ smartphone with the Anfish analysis app

Do you want to know more about your Android™ device and compare it to other users’ devices? Check out Anfish – a new app from one of our partners called AZSoft Technology Inc. In Anfish you can view info about the hardware of your smartphone, along with statistics on popular devices and most common Android versions in your area. Read more about Anfish after the jump!

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Get to know your Android™ smartphone with the Anfish analysis app

Developer? Borrow an Xperia™ smartphone and test your app

Hey developers, now that the spring season has arrived, it’s the perfect time to get fresh start on your Android™ development. Would you be interested in trying out and testing an Xperia™ smartphone, without any cost, to ensure that your app is compliant? If yes, then why not borrow a smartphone from our Device Loaner Program? This program is intended as a low cost (free!) option to allow you to test your apps on a physical Xperia smartphone or accessory device for up to 30 days. And we’ve just added two more models to the lineup – the Xperia arc S and the recently announced Xperia S. Get more details after the jump.

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Developer? Borrow an Xperia™ smartphone and test your app

ICS beta ROM now available for unlocked Xperia™ PLAY smartphones [download]

Upon request we’re today releasing an Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) beta for Xperia™ PLAY, and we’re really interested in getting your feedback on this beta release. As games are such a crucial part of Xperia™ PLAY, we would like to know how well this ICS beta for Xperia™ PLAY works when you’re playing games. Read on for download links and installation instructions!

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ICS beta ROM now available for unlocked Xperia™ PLAY smartphones [download]

Xperia™ S open source archive released with building instructions

Are you a custom ROM developer? If so, you’ve probably checked out our Sony Xperia™ open source archives before. Last year we told you how to build a Linux kernel. Today we’re releasing the open source archive for the Xperia™ S, which contains files you can use when building a kernel. This is the first time we publish source code for a product built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 platform, and to flash this software, you need do some additional steps and run a script that we also release today. Read more after the jump!

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Xperia™ S open source archive released with building instructions

Imagine controlling your phone without touching the screen – floating touch makes it possible [video]

See the magic happen in the floating touch video.

The new Xperia™ sola announced earlier today, includes a brand new touch sensor technology, called floating touch™, that lets you interact with the phone without even touching it. This unique user experience never seen on a smartphone before lets you control parts of the user interface (UI) by simply letting your finger hover above the screen. At launch, this feature is implemented in the web browser. Floating touch™ enables the phone to register your finger up to 20mm above the screen. This makes it possible to detect not only the screen coordinates that you are pointing at, but also your finger’s distance from the screen. Erik Hellman, research engineer at Sony Mobile and one of the inventors of the technology, explains more after the jump.

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Imagine controlling your phone without touching the screen – floating touch makes it possible [video]

New Remote Control Service on Xperia™ smartphones [video]

This week RealVNC announced the integration of a new Remote Control Service (RCS) in all new 2012 Xperia™ smartphones. RCS makes it possible to take full control of the smartphone and do everything the user could do, from a remote location. In this technical article, we asked the RealVNC team to help explain more about RCS, and how it can be used innovatively. Find out what they said after the jump.

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New Remote Control Service on Xperia™ smartphones [video]
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