More cameras now support Focus mode in the Camera Remote API beta SDK

An update is now available for the Smart Remote Control app for Sony cameras, which adds remote movie recording support to the cameras DSC-HX400 and DSC-HX60, but most importantly, it adds support for the Focus mode feature in the Camera Remote API beta SDK, for compatible cameras. This allows you to develop apps that can control the camera’s focus mode remotely.

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More cameras now support Focus mode in the Camera Remote API beta SDK

SmartWatch 2 API documentation now available online

SmartWatch 2 is a success among app developers, with over 500 apps available on Google Play. When developing SmartWatch 2 apps developers have until now had to struggle with quite massive PDFs for the API documentation, but that’s about to change. All the documentation have now been revised based on all the requests and input we have received, and we have made the SmartWatch 2 API documentation available online as web pages at developer.sony.com.

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SmartWatch 2 API documentation now available online

Android developers – learn about Sony’s offerings at Droidcon London

Are you interested in trying SmartEyeglass, Sony’s binocular, see-through eyewear with camera, GPS and sensors? Or maybe learn about how to test your apps on Sony devices for free through the newly-launched Remote Device Lab (beta)? Find out about all that Sony has to offer developers at this year’s Droidcon London.

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Android developers – learn about Sony’s offerings at Droidcon London

Xperia™ Z2 and Xperia™ Z1 added to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub [video + open source]

Today we’re happy to tell you that we’ve added Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 to our AOSP for Xperia project on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. In addition, Xperia Z has been updated to the latest Android version. At the same time, we’re starting to use a unified kernel for devices based on the Qualcomm® MSM8974 platform, which will make it easier for all you community developers to adapt the kernel to your needs.

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Xperia™ Z2 and Xperia™ Z1 added to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub [video + open source]

New open source tool for building kernels

Now you can pack Linux kernels for devices based on Qualcomm® platforms using a dedicated open source tool from Sony: the mkqcdtbootimg tool. The mkqcdtbootimg tool, which is available on GitHub, adds support for including one or more device tree blobs when rebuilding kernels. To reflect this, our recent tutorial How to rebuild kernels for flagship Xperia devices has been updated to make use of the new tool.

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New open source tool for building kernels

Verify your app for free on real Xperia devices with the new Remote Device Lab (beta)

Today we’re launching a beta version of Remote Device Lab, which will enable you to easily verify your app on a range of Xperia smartphones and tablets, without having to buy them. Through this free and easy-to-use online service, you can connect to a real Xperia device, and then upload your app on the device for verification.

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Verify your app for free on real Xperia devices with the new Remote Device Lab (beta)

Introducing the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview)

Today we’re proud to announce the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview) in support of the light-weight SmartEyeglass transparent lens eyewear. The transparent lenses have excellent brightness, allowing information to be superimposed and clearly viewed, in the wearer’s natural field of view. With the launch of the SmartEyeglass SDK (with an emulator included), we hope to give developers an opportunity to start developing apps in the innovative field of in-view augmented reality. This sets the foundation for a varied, exciting ecosystem of experiences to support the product at launch.

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Introducing the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview)

Camera Remote API beta supports new features and cameras: QX1, DSC-QX30, A5100 & HDR-AZ1

Today we’re adding a set of exciting new features to the Camera Remote API beta, which allows you to develop mobile apps that can control cameras from Sony. The new API features include easy access to transferring images, remote playback and more for the new Lens-style Cameras QX1 and DSC-QX30, as well as for the HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini. In addition, the new A5100 also supports the API.

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Camera Remote API beta supports new features and cameras: QX1, DSC-QX30, A5100 & HDR-AZ1

The newest Sony SmartWear announced – SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk [video]

Today we’re introducing the newest SmartWear accessories from Sony – SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk. SmartWatch 3 is a combined state-of-the-art SmartWatch and life logging accessory powered by Android Wear. SmartBand Talk is a lifelogging SmartBand with curved display, call handling and voice control. Read on for the full specs of these new Sony SmartWear accessories.

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The newest Sony SmartWear announced – SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk [video]

Xperia™ Z3, Xperia™ Z3 Compact & Xperia™ Z3 Tablet Compact announced [video]

Today, we’ve announced the new Xperia Z series flagship devices – Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. These premium devices feature the highest level of waterproofing, enhanced camera technology and apps, and our best audio quality and PS4 Remote Play*.

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Xperia™ Z3, Xperia™ Z3 Compact & Xperia™ Z3 Tablet Compact announced [video]
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