Sensor HAL for Xperia™ phones available as open source

Continuing our open innovation initiative, we are now making the sensor HAL for the 2011 Xperia™ phones available as open source. So if you’re an advanced developer, you will now be able to access and configure the sensors of a 2011 Xperia™ phone on a deeper level. For example, you will be allowed to optimise the way the compass is used in a custom ROM.

In the good feedback we received on our previous open initiatives, we have seen a lot of requests for us to open source these files. And now, we’re happy to provide that opportunity. This is not part of open source archives that we are required to publish, it simply something we want to do for the community.

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Sensor HAL for Xperia™ phones available as open source

Localise custom ROMs for different Xperia pro and Xperia mini pro keyboards

If you’re an advanced Android™ developer in search of keyboard mapping information in order to make a custom ROM for your Xperia™ pro or Xperia™ mini pro, look no further. In this post, we‘ve listed the keyboard variants for our most recent Xperia™ devices that have keyboards, which will help you create customised ROMs that can handle keyboards with country-specific characters, such as the cedilla in Portugal or stroke keys for Hanzi characters in China. Read more after the jump.

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Localise custom ROMs for different Xperia pro and Xperia mini pro keyboards

WebGL implementation for Xperia™ phones released as open source

In November, we announced that we were the first phone manufacturer in the world to support WebGL in the native Android web browser on Xperia™ phones. As a next step, we are now very excited to release our WebGL implementation for our coming Xperia™ phones running Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above as open source. Read more after the jump, as Anders Edenbrandt, Senior Software Architect, explains more!

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WebGL implementation for Xperia™ phones released as open source

New bugreport analysis tool released as open source

Android™ developers, do you frequently get Application Not Responding (ANR) messages and application crashes? Are you unsure what to do with the massive data collected from Android’s bugreport tool? We talked to Pál Szász, a software developer at Sony Ericsson, to learn about ChkBugReport, a new tool that helps you analyse your crash files. Because this tool is such a great help for our developers at Sony Ericsson, and as a part of our ambition to step up our open source activities, we want to give all of you the chance to use it by making it open source. Read more after the jump.

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New bugreport analysis tool released as open source

Stand out from the crowd partners sponsored at Mobile Games Forum

Mobile Games Forum (MGF) is one of the top mobile games events in Europe for B2B and networking and it’s happening the 25th and 26th of January in London. We’re sponsoring some of the best Stand out from the crowd developers from around the world to attend this event. These Standout developers include Deemedya, Digiment, FDG Entertainment, and LudoCraft LTD.  All these partners have delivered high-quality games that are fully optimised for Xperia™ PLAY.  Read on to see what’s in store for these Standout developers at MGF.

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Stand out from the crowd partners sponsored at Mobile Games Forum

Do you know of all the developer services in the Sony family?

As more and more of Sony services and technologies come integrated into our portfolio of Xperia™ devices, the natural step for us in the Sony Ericsson Developer Program is to also bridge this to our developer community. The Sony Tablet™ S™, Sony Tablet™ P, and Sony Internet TV powered by Google TV™ are devices from Sony running Android™ and allow developers to innovate on top of these platforms. In this article, we will introduce you to Sony’s developer services. Read more after the jump.

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Do you know of all the developer services in the Sony family?

Xperia™ acro HD and Xperia™ NX announced for the Japanese market

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On the 10th of January, we announced four new Xperia™ smartphones – Xperia™ ion, Xperia™ S, Xperia™ acro HD and Xperia™ NX. This article aims to give you some more details on the last two, Xperia™ acro HD and Xperia™ NX.  Xperia™ acro HD is the follow-up to Xperia acro with popular Japan-specific features including Mobile Wallet via Felica and Mobile TV. Xperia™ NX is a variant of Xperia™ S for the Japanese market. Both will be available in Japan from this spring. Read more after the jump.

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Xperia™ acro HD and Xperia™ NX announced for the Japanese market

Announcing our new flagship smartphone, the Xperia™ S

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Today we announced the new Xperia™ S, our new flagship smartphone and the first of the new Xperia NXT series. This stunning Android™ smartphone boasts a 1.5 GHz dual core, 1 GB RAM, 4.3-inch 720×1280 resolution reality display, 12 MP camera with Exmor R™ mobile, NFC, and much more! Read more after the jump.

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Announcing our new flagship smartphone, the Xperia™ S

New Smart Extras™ announced, and a new SDK to create apps for them

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Today we’re announcing a couple of useful Smart Extras™, namely the SmartWatch and the Smart Wireless Headset pro. And for all of you developers out there, we’ve created a brand new Sony Add-on SDK, which enables you to create or adapt apps to work with these two new accessories!

SmartWatch is a micro display for Android™ smartphones, to wirelessly and discreetly access calls, messages and applications. Smart Wireless Headset pro is a Bluetooth™ stereo headset that also works as a standalone MP3 player and FM radio when apart from the phone.

Learn more about the new Smart Extras™ and the Smart Extension SDK after the jump!

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New Smart Extras™ announced, and a new SDK to create apps for them

Introducing Xperia™ ion – our first LTE smartphone for the U.S. market

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We’re excited to announce the release of the Xperia™ ion, the first LTE smartphone from Sony in the U.S. and carried exclusively by AT&T. And it has all the features that developers and users alike have been looking for in an Android™ smartphone – 1.5 GHz dual core processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 Mobile Processor, 1 GB RAM, a 4.6-inch, 720×1280 resolution reality display, 12 MP camera with Exmor R™ mobile sensor, NFC, and much more! Get the full specs after the jump.

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Introducing Xperia™ ion – our first LTE smartphone for the U.S. market
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