DUALSHOCK™3 wireless controller support initiative kicks off – one month only!

If you’ve played FIST OF AWESOME, Gunman Clive, or The Bard’s Tale, you may have noticed that these Android games are all optimised for use with DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller. We’d like to see more games with controller support, which is why we’re kicking off the DUALSHOCK3 wireless controller initiative. So let us know if you own a game, or have a favorite game, that would work great with a DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller, and we may send you one to help you get your controller development started. Read on for more details.

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DUALSHOCK™3 wireless controller support initiative kicks off – one month only!

Announcing Sony Xperia™ Z1 Compact – the world’s best premium compact smartphone*

Today marks the debut of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, which redefines the premium smartphone market by placing the best Sony technologies from the flagship Xperia Z1:  Sony’s leading camera technologies “G Lens”, “Exmor RS for mobile” and “BIONZ for mobile”; a 4.3 inch TRILUMINOS™ HD display and X-Reality™ for mobile; premium dust-resistant and waterproof (IP55/IP58) design; the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU – all in a new, compact size. Get the complete specs and features in the full post.

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Announcing Sony Xperia™ Z1 Compact – the world’s best premium compact smartphone*

Introducing SmartBand, the innovative SmartWear from Sony

Have you looked for a healthier lifestyle, but always found yourself too busy to keep track of things? Today we’re introducing SmartBand, the first product in the Sony’s new SmartWear range that lets you record and capture everything you do – your movements, your communication, and your entertainment.

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Introducing SmartBand, the innovative SmartWear from Sony

Use both the Control & Notification APIs for customised UIs in your SmartWatch 2 extension [code]

A few of you SmartWatch developers out there have recently asked us if it’s possible to use both the Control API and Notification API together in a single extension. The good news is – yes, you can use both of these Smart Extension APIs in a single SmartWatch extension, for any device that supports the Smart Extension APIs with both control and notification, including the SmartWatch 2. Read on to get the full details from Marlin Liew, Developer Technical Services Engineer at Sony, who provides a code example showing how to use both of these APIs in a single project.

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Use both the Control & Notification APIs for customised UIs in your SmartWatch 2 extension [code]

Power management explained – Sony Xperia™ Z1 and Xperia™ Z Ultra

Did you know that Battery STAMINA Mode can extend the standby time of your Xperia device by more than four times? Not only we have updated it on Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra, but we’ve also introduced a new, useful power management feature called Queue background data. Find out all the latest details about these features and more, right after the jump.

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Power management explained – Sony Xperia™ Z1 and Xperia™ Z Ultra

Developer interview: Getting the full scope with Sphere and Camera Add-on API

The Camera Add-on API is a new addition to the Sony Add-on SDK that lets you integrate your own camera applications into the camera app on Sony Xperia Z1. Developer World reached out to the developers behind Sphere, an app for shooting visually transcending 360º panoramas, to ask about their experience on how the 20MP camera of Xperia™ Z1 has complemented their app, and helped them gain extra exposure through the Camera Add-on API. Read more after the jump.

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Developer interview: Getting the full scope with Sphere and Camera Add-on API

Sony Add-on SDK updated – adds support for Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH50 and Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52

An update for the Sony Add-on SDK is now available and includes official support for Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH50 and Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52. This means you’ll be able to create app extensions for these Smart accessories, as well as emulate the devices for your own app extension testing. Read on to learn more about what’s been updated in this release.

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Sony Add-on SDK updated – adds support for Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH50 and Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52

Developer World marks milestone 10 year anniversary

This year is a special one for Developer World, as it marks our tenth year in existence! That’s right, since 2003, we’ve been proudly serving the developer community with tools, tutorials, and the latest technical news related to mobile. Today, our website holds 700+ downloads, including white papers, developer tools and SDK, drivers, open source archives, and much more. So how did it all begin? We sat down with one of the founders and a long time member of the program, Abbas Sumar and Jonas Petterson, who share their insights on how Developer World first got its start.

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Developer World marks milestone 10 year anniversary

Boost the performance of your Android app with OpenCL [tutorial]

Although our Xperia™ devices have become much more powerful the last couple of years, there might still be cases when your application needs more processing power. With OpenCL™, you can use the power of the GPU to handle resource intensive tasks in your app. This article is a short introduction to OpenCL, and how to get it up and running on your Sony Xperia device.

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Boost the performance of your Android app with OpenCL [tutorial]
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