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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*.
Today we’ve announced the Xperia E3, a fun and fast smartphone with a quality flagship design without an expensive price tag. The Xperia E3 features a 5MP camera with HDR, a 4.5” display with IPS for wide viewing angles, and is available in a dual SIM version. Get all the specs for Xperia E3 after the jump.
Today, we’ve announced the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, which adds waterproof* technology to our existing Xperia M2 4G smartphone. As with its predecessor, Xperia M2 Aqua also features a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with quad-core 1.2 GHz CPUs, and Adreno 305 GPU. Xperia M2 Aqua also has support for 4G LTE, NFC, and ANT+, and runs Android 4.4 (KitKat). Read on for the full specs for Xperia M2 Aqua.
If you’re an open source developer working with custom ROMs and kernels, or if you’re part of the custom ROMs community, we have some great news for you. As yet another step in our strive for openness, our Unlock boot loader service is now re-launched with improved usability. It will now be easier to go through the steps it takes to unlock a device.