Use the Motion API to easily develop apps for the new Smart Imaging Stand [SDK+video]

Going with the Xperia Z1, Sony also revealed the new Smart Imaging Stand IPT-DS10M  at IFA in Berlin today. The Smart Imaging Stand pairs with your smartphone through one-touch NFC, and then launches a SmileCatcher app, which automatically follows people’s faces and takes pictures whenever someone smiles. In other words – a perfect party companion! For developers, there is a new experimental Motion API available, which will let you develop innovative new apps for the Smart Imaging Stand. Get all the details in the full post.

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Use the Motion API to easily develop apps for the new Smart Imaging Stand [SDK+video]

Explaining the software upgrade process and its improvements for Android™ 4.3

Yesterday was a big day for all Android fans, as Google released the source code for Android 4.3. This means that manufacturers now are getting busy preparing software upgrades. From Sony’s side, you can already read about some of our software upgrade plans on the Sony Xperia News room blog. Software upgrades are an important asset for a device, and we are continuously working to improve the process and lead times. Learn more about how the process works, and what improvements you will see going forward in the full post. Read more after the jump!

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Explaining the software upgrade process and its improvements for Android™ 4.3

UPDATED: Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) 4.3 now running on Xperia™ Tablet Z [video]

Just a couple of hours ago, Google released the source code for Android 4.3. And as you can see in the video above, we already have it running on Xperia Tablet Z, even though important functionality is not supported. And as a developer, you can build and flash it yourself as it is available on GitHub.

Update: The AOSP device configuration for Xperia Z and Xperia ZL over at GitHub is now also working for Android 4.3. Read on to get the details!

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UPDATED: Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) 4.3 now running on Xperia™ Tablet Z [video]

Sony Xperia™ Z Ultra unleashed – 6.4” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ display, quad-core, waterproof* smartphone [video]

We’ve now announced the new Xperia™ Z Ultra, a beast of a smartphone that’s the world’s slimmest and has the largest Full HD display**. Xperia™ Z Ultra boasts a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 quad-core processor, 6.4” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ display, LTE, NFC, and ANT+, all contained in a dustproof and waterproof* 6.5mm body weighing just 212 grams. Read on for the complete specs and features in the full post.

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Sony Xperia™ Z Ultra unleashed – 6.4” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ display, quad-core, waterproof* smartphone [video]

Sony SmartWatch 2 announced, new SDK version to come [video]

Today marks the introduction of the new Sony SmartWatch 2, the world’s first water-resistant smartwatch with one-touch connectivity. Sony SmartWatch 2 is an extension to your Android™ handset, and serves as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control, all in a sleek, waterproof design. A new SDK version will soon be available, with added support and new features for Sony SmartWatch 2. Read on for the full specs for this new generation smartwatch.

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Sony SmartWatch 2 announced, new SDK version to come [video]

New experimental Illumination bar API available

Many people have contacted us about the API for the illumination bar available on a number of our Xperia™ smartphones, such as Xperia™ SP. And upon these requests from the developer community, we are as of today providing the Illumination API for free as an “experimental API”. This means you can experiment with illumination effects in your app in any way you like, but we will only provide limited documentation and no support. Read on to learn how to get started!

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New experimental Illumination bar API available

We’re opening up SmartWatch! Create and flash alternative firmware

Openness towards the developer community has been an important driving force for us for a long time. We’ve have, for example, published everything from open sourced binaries and code examples to DASH, and made it possible to unlock many of our smartphones and tablets. We’re now adding an experimental project we call Open SmartWatch to that list, resulting, we hope, in a lot of innovation. It means we’ll make it possible for advanced developers to create and flash alternative firmware to Sony SmartWatch, by sharing technical details and instructions. Find out more in the full post!

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We’re opening up SmartWatch! Create and flash alternative firmware

Xperia™ M joins Sony’s smartphone portfolio, comes with dual-core processor, HDR for photos & dual SIM version

Today marks the announcement of Xperia™ M, which is the latest model in the Xperia™ range of premium smartphones, and it brings a number of potent features often only associated with high-end models. Xperia™ M comes with a 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 dual-core processor, a generous 4” FWVGA display, and a 5 megapixel fast-capture camera with auto-focus and HDR for pictures. Xperia™ M also comes in a dual SIM version called Xperia Mdual. Learn about all the specs and features in the full post.

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Xperia™ M joins Sony’s smartphone portfolio, comes with dual-core processor, HDR for photos & dual SIM version

Support for Xperia™ Tablet Z in our flash tool for unlocked devices

We have now added support for Xperia™ Tablet Z to our flash tool for Xperia™ devices. With this tool, you can flash Sony software on devices with the boot loader unlocked. And now there is software available for Xperia™ Tablet Z (SGP321 and SGP311). Get all the information you need on the flash tool page.

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Support for Xperia™ Tablet Z in our flash tool for unlocked devices

Sony’s open source BacklogTool updated with new features

BacklogTool is a light weight planning tool that allows users to plan their daily work and easily rank their tasks using drag and drop. BacklogTool was developed at our internal software tools department, and since we like it so much we shared it on GitHub a while ago. Now it’s been updated with several new features, read on to learn more!

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Sony’s open source BacklogTool updated with new features
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