For those of you who attended Magnus Helgstrand’s SmartWatch developer session at AnDevCon III, or for those of you who were not able to attend, we’ve made the full presentation available here. In this presentation, SmartWatch Development 101: Transforming the Mobile User Experience Through Sony Smart Accessories, you’ll find the basics on SmartWatch functionality, information on the Sony Add-on SDK, and an overview of the APIs with sample code.
On May 22nd, our friends at Ericsson will announce the winners of the Ericsson Application Awards 2012 at a prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Among the finalists are innovative apps within health care and social interaction. You’ll be able to follow the ceremony in a live webcast. Karl-Johan Dahlström, head of Developer Relations at Sony Mobile, will be one of the judges. Read more about Ericsson Application Awards after the jump!
***Update: The campaign has formally ended but you can still pitch your idea and get a SmartWatch for free. See below for more information.***
Do you have a brilliant app idea for the Sony SmartWatch? If so, your innovation could earn you a SmartWatch of your own. That’s right, we’re giving qualified developers their very own SmartWatch, Sony’s micro display for Android smartphones, which gives users wireless and discreet access to calls, message and apps. And if you upload your app to Google Play before June 26, you will have the chance to be promoted in Sony’s online marketing channels.
Get all the details after the jump!
Are you interested in rocking a cradle? A Sony Tablet™ S Cradle that is? Our friends from the Sony Developer team are looking for developers interested in nurturing innovative apps that work with the Sony Tablet™ S Cradle. Submit your app and you can win a Sony prize pack that includes a $1000 Sony Gift Card, Sony Tablet™ S, and Sony Tablet™ S Cradle. On top of that, Sony will promote the winning apps through their app recommendation site – Select App. Get the exciting details on the Cradle App Developer Contest page!
Earlier today the Xperia™ GX and Xperia™ SX was announced for the Japanese market, making them Sony’s first LTE phones in Japan. Xperia™ GX features a 4.6” Reality Display for a superior viewing experience, and a 13 MP camera that lets you take great photos. Xperia™ SX is the world’s lightest LTE phone, weighing in on only 95 grams.
Read more about Xperia™ GX and Xperia™ SX after the jump.
AnDevCon III is just around the corner, and that means a lot of Android developers are ramping up to go to San Francisco and dive into the latest Android developer and technology discussions. The Sony Developer World team will also be there, and we have some goodies in stock for you – all our latest products on showcase, an inspiring and useful dev session and the chance for developers interested in creating app extensions to get a SmartWatch for free! Read on for more details on the event.
As part of ongoing contributions to the open source community, we’re today releasing two extensions for the Sony SmartWatch as open source. The first one is an extension to the Music player, which makes it possible to control the music player in your phone from SmartWatch. The second extension is called 8 Game, a puzzle game that can be played on the SmartWatch. With our Sony Add-on SDK, you can use these apps as a base for creating your own music player extension or game for SmartWatch. This is an excellent opportunity to get an innovative edge on your competition, and to get better visibility as your app will be easy to find for all SmartWatch users.
Continue reading for downloads, details on the extensions and instructions how to use them!
Right now (or pretty soon, depending on your market), the Xperia™ sola, Xperia™ P and Xperia™ U are available to buy around the world. These smartphones are powered by the NovaThor™ U8500 platform from ST-Ericsson, which is the first OpenGL ES 2.0 conformant, multi-core GPU that provides 2D and 3D acceleration with performance scalable up to 1080p resolutions. In this article, we’ll explain why the NovaThor™ U8500 will give you the same level of CPU performance as from a larger and faster uni-processor CPU while using less power. You’ll also get some pretty interesting insights in what the specs mean for app developers. Read on to find out more.
Last week, the Sony PlayStation® team announced that the Developer Program for PlayStation Suite is now available as an open beta program, free for anyone to join. So if you’re a developer targeting PlayStation™certified devices and PlayStation® Vita, and aiming to be present in the PlayStation® Store, this is something for you. Currently the Xperia S, Xperia ion, Xperia™ acro, Xperia acro HD, Xperia PLAY and Xperia arc are PlayStation certified smartphones. In addition, the Sony Tablet S and the Sony Tablet P are PlayStation™certified.
If you’ve developed a mobile app, there’s a good chance that you’ve got at least one user that’s from Silicon Valley or California, which might not seem like a big deal. But if you’re also collecting user data, it can be a big deal because of an existing, but little known state law, called the California Online Privacy Protection Act. According to this law, if a mobile app collects any personal data from a California resident, the app must provide a security policy for users. Read on to understand more about this law, to learn about what data you should collect, and to get hints for keeping user data secure.