Developer World becomes Developer World Mobile

This week we are proud to launch the brand new Sony Developer World web portal at http://developer.sony.com. This portal includes APIs, SDKs and links to different sectors within Sony. You’ll easily find all the Sony devices that you can develop for, and learn how to start developing for them. As this site replaces our existing Developer World, we have decided to rename this website as Developer World Mobile. Click to learn more about this change.

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Developer World becomes Developer World Mobile

Xperia™ L added to our AOSP for Xperia project on GitHub [open source]

Today we’ve added Xperia L to our growing Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) for Xperia devices, letting you build and flash Android 4.4 (KitKat) on your unlocked Xperia L. This is the first time we’ve added support for a device with the 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 dual-core chip. Read more about the project and how to participate after the jump!

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Xperia™ L added to our AOSP for Xperia project on GitHub [open source]

Discover new ways to grow your apps with the Sony Add-on SDK 2.0

It’s time to take your apps to new heights! Today we’re happy to announce the 2.0 release of the Sony Add-on SDK, where you’ll not only find updates to Smart Extensions APIs to optimise apps for the SmartWatch 2, but you’ll also discover a brand new API that you can use to integrate your own camera applications into the camera app on Sony Xperia™ Z1. Whether you’re looking to enrich your existing app with features to make it more competitive or looking for entirely new avenues of exposure, the Sony Add-on SDK is the place for you to start.

Learn more about what’s new in the latest release of Sony Add-on SDK after the jump.

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Discover new ways to grow your apps with the Sony Add-on SDK 2.0

Xperia™ is now in business with enhancements to the Android™ security solution

To ensure that that we offer the demanded level of security on devices and in data transmission has been a key priority for our software team. Having made Sony Mobile enhancements to the existing Android solution, which is based on a proven Linux™ kernel, we now provide a stable and secure platform for business communications. Read on to find out more!

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Xperia™ is now in business with enhancements to the Android™ security solution

Introducing Sony Xperia™ Z1 – a 5” waterproof* smartphone with a large 1/2.3-type 20.7MP camera [tech specs]

Today, we’ve just announced the Sony Xperia™ Z1, the newest addition to the premium Z series of products. Xperia™ Z1 features a QualComm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with a 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU, and a 5” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ display. And when it comes to the camera specs, Xperia™ Z1 comes with a 1/2.3-type 20.7MP CMOS image sensor. Xperia™ Z1 also includes support for LTE, NFC, and ANT+. You’ll find the complete specs and features in the full post.

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Introducing Sony Xperia™ Z1 – a 5” waterproof* smartphone with a large 1/2.3-type 20.7MP camera [tech specs]

Get your app promoted by Sony with the Stand out from the crowd programme

Today we kick-off the Stand out from the crowd programme, which is an app search campaign where we’re looking for professional developers with high quality apps that can bring something extra to the Sony experience. As part of the Stand out campaign, we will send out hundreds of devices to selected developers. We will also offer selected developers app promotion in online Sony channels, and at industry tradeshows like CES or Mobile World Congress. Get all the facts in the full post.

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Get your app promoted by Sony with the Stand out from the crowd programme

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
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