A while ago, the Sony Xperia™ News room shared an update on our plans to upgrade certain Xperia™ devices to Jelly Bean. Since then we have received quite a few requests from the Android™ developer community to release an earlier version of the Jelly Bean (JB) software for the developers. This way, advanced developers could try it out and evaluate it, in a similar way to how we did it last year with the ICS alpha release. Please note that there are several limitations to this alpha software, for instance the UI look and feel is not updated to final Sony Jelly Bean software. Read more after the jump!
The latest version of AppXplore – version 2.5 – is now available for download on Google Play. AppXplore is a free analysis tool that lists all the apps on your Android device, and gives you detailed information for each, including permissions used, Android™ versions supported, libraries shared, and much more. AppXplore is especially useful for seeing how much memory an app is using, and if the file is movable to the SD card. Likewise, developers can use AppXplore for QA purposes, to make sure their apps are showing the proper permissions in the manifest file. Read on to learn more about the latest features of AppXplore 2.5.
We’re excited to announce a ground-breaking addition to the Xperia™ smartphone lineup – Xperia™ Z. This new smartphone comes with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad core processor with the Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB RAM, 5” full HD screen, OptiContrast™ display with 443 ppi, Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean), NFC, Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, and a 13 MP camera with HDR (High Dynamic Range). Xperia™ Z is also water-resistant and dust-resistant (IP55 & IP57), and designed with tempered glass on the front and back. The new Sony superphone will be launch globally in Q1 2013. Read more about Xperia™ Z after the jump.
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A few weeks ago, we challenged all you developers out there to create an app that makes use of the Small Apps multi-tasking functionality in the Xperia™ Tablet S. We received a lot of interesting submissions that deserve mention, such as Muhammad Hakim A’s Al Mishbah Small App and Victor Kropp’s Board Game Dice Roller Small App. But one Small App stood out above the rest – tebaokoshi’s Mini camera . This simple, yet elegant Small App uses the tablet’s camera functionality, and has some handy options. We reached out to tebaokoshi to share the good news, and to learn more about how the Mini camera Small App was developed. Read more after the jump.
Today, we release a beta version of our new flash tool for Xperia devices, which enables you to put on standard Sony software* on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone which has the boot loader unlocked. This functionality has often been requested by the open Android™ community, and now we’re glad to support it. Please note that the phone still stays unlocked, and that the warranty may still be voided. As this is a beta version, only a limited number of phone models are supported to begin with. Read on for instructions and more information, and to find out how provide us feedback – we are really eager to hear what you think!
Today, we’ve just announced Xperia E, a new addition to the Xperia™ smartphone range. This affordable smartphone comes with HD voice, data usage monitoring, and battery management. It also comes in a dual SIM version called Xperia™ E dual. Both these versions are powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, have a 3.5” HVGA screen, and will be available from Q1 2013. Also, Xperia™ E launches with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), while Xperia™ E dual launches initially on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) but will be upgraded to Android 4.1. Read more about the features of Xperia E and Xperia™ E dual after the jump.
Today, Sony contributes three new plugins to the Jenkins software tool: Build Failure Analyzer plugin, Metadata plugin and External Resource Dispatcher plugin. Jenkins is a software development tool that is used for building and testing software continuously during the development. At Sony, we are heavy users of Jenkins, and we like to contribute to making it even more useful for everyone else using it. And by making these plugins available, we can get valuable feedback from the Jenkins community. Learn more after the jump, as Robert Sandell and Tomas Westling from our software tools department explains more!
Today, XDA-developers comes with some great news, as they have announced that Sony is named OEM of the year. We’re really honored by this, and we’re glad to see that our collaborations with the tech community are being so appreciated. We would actually like to send a big thank you to all of you in the community, especially highlighting the FreeXperia team for all their work. Going forward, we will continue to support the tech community. Stay tuned to Developer World, more dev-friendly initiatives are coming soon! Read more about Sony being named “OEM of the year” on the XDA website.
If you have a new and innovative app, service or game designed for multiple screens, or if you have a unique idea for such a use case, then the new Sony-sponsored Multi-Screen UX Competition might be something for you. If your user experience (UX) is designed for a smartphone, tablet, TV, PC, or SmartWatch – or any combination of these devices, you might get promoted in Sony stores or highlighted as a showcase listing on the sponsor websites. Read more about the competition and what you can win after the jump.
Facebook just made an interesting blog post about how the Ringmark mobile browser test suite is being adapted by the mobile industry. Among others, it’s highlighted that the latest Sony Xperia™ smartphones (Xperia™ T) include improvements to the Android™ browser based on priorities set in Ringmark. It’s a good read if you want to know more about the progress of Ringmark. Check the full post on the Facebook HTML5 blog.