Understanding the touchscreen ecosystem in smartphones

Starting today, we’re introducing a series of articles that explore the inner workings and evolution of the touchscreen system on smartphones. Normally, one doesn’t think much about the ability to simply touch a screen to interact directly with what is displayed, now that it has become a fundamental design integrated into smartphones. To start off this series, Sony engineers, Magnus Johansson and Alexander Hunt, explain how smartphone touchscreen systems work on a general level. Read more after the jump.

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Understanding the touchscreen ecosystem in smartphones

Use low-power mode in your SmartWatch 2 app with the updated Sony Add-on SDK

Today the Sony Add-on SDK is released in a new version, which contains low-power mode and widget API support for SmartWatch 2. The update also includes new possibilities for Small Apps, including increased possibilities to change the look-and feel of a Small App and more.

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Use low-power mode in your SmartWatch 2 app with the updated Sony Add-on SDK

Gamify the UI of the smartphone with the EvolutionUI research project [open source + video]

Today we are opening up an internal research project called EvolutionUI, which is an experimental gamified UI for the smartphone, where the UI gets more advanced as you learn how to use it. In this article, Software Developer Pál Szász tells you all about it, and how to access it.

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Gamify the UI of the smartphone with the EvolutionUI research project [open source + video]

Sony releases free, open source game development toolset

Game developers, did you know that Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) recently released its powerful Authoring Tools Framework (ATF) for free? ATF has been used by most Sony first party game studios to make custom game developer tools for a long time, and is now available open source under an Apache version 2.0 license.

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Sony releases free, open source game development toolset

Customise your own watch faces for SmartWatch 2

Many people have asked for it, and with the latest software update for SmartWatch 2, it is now possible to create custom watch faces for SmartWatch 2. The watch face editor is available through the Smart Connect app on your smartphone, and it enables you to create custom watch faces where you combine different clocks and widgets.

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Customise your own watch faces for SmartWatch 2

Sony <3 openness

Don't miss out when Alin Jerpelea and the Open Device team add new devices, software versions or instructions related to AOSP.

Sony contributes Runtime Resource Overlay framework to Android [code example]

Just recently, a new framework called Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) was contributed by Sony to the Android code base. This framework provides the ability to replace application resources while the application is running, we currently use RRO for device customisation and to support Xperia Themes. In this article, Mårten Kongstad, Lead Developer of Runtime Resource Overlay, explains this new framework in detail.

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Sony contributes Runtime Resource Overlay framework to Android [code example]

Explore Sony’s unique software features on Xperia Z2 [video]

Would you like to know more about Sony’s unique software features on Xperia Z2 running Android 4.4.2? Then you should check out our two latest videos where you will discover Xperia Themes, a quick access camera and true full screen experience video viewing. Read on for even more features – and don’t forget to watch the videos.

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Explore Sony’s unique software features on Xperia Z2 [video]

Camera Remote API beta now includes more features for DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 Lens-Style Cameras

A couple of weeks back we told you about Sony’s Camera Remote API, and today we’re happy to announce that the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 Lens-Style Cameras are receiving additional support for features like exposure mode, exposure compensation and ISO settings in the latest version of the Camera Remote API beta SDK. More than ten new camera settings have been added, and there’s new and updated iOS  and Android sample code projects. Click Read more to get all the details about the Camera Remote API beta at Sony Developer World (external link).

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Camera Remote API beta now includes more features for DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 Lens-Style Cameras

Introducing the Sony Enterprise SDK 3.0 – could you work with our SDK and become a Sony partner?

We’re happy to introduce the release of the Sony Enterprise SDK 3.0! This Enterprise SDK contains new features and relevant information required by Sony partners. It’s currently only available to selected Mobile Device Management (MDM) partners, who typically provide solutions for policy enforcement. We’re keen to provide the best MDM solutions and now we’re on the look-out for more potential partners. Could you be one of those? Read on to find out more.

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Introducing the Sony Enterprise SDK 3.0 – could you work with our SDK and become a Sony partner?

Develop remote control apps for Sony cameras

Did you know that you can control a Sony camera wirelessly from an app on another device? Sony’s Camera Remote API beta SDK includes all the tools that you need to create innovative remote control apps for many Sony cameras, including Sony action cameras, interchangeable lens cameras and lens style cameras. Why not create the remote viewfinder app to get professional looking group shots, even though you’re not behind the camera yourself?

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Develop remote control apps for Sony cameras

Augmented reality made possible

Learn how to develop apps with the new SmartEyeglass SDK.

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