Create your own BlindsView effect for your apps [tutorial + code example]

One of the unique features you’ll find with recent Xperia™ smartphones is a “blinds” effect that’s part of the lockscreen display – touch your finger anywhere on the screen, and the window shreds into horizontal blind slats. The BlindsView feature is also available on Xperia™ smartphones running the Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update (at the moment, Xperia™ TL). You can easily incorporate this graphical UI effect to your own standalone apps using our BlindsView tutorial from Johan Henricson, software project manager at Sony. You’ll also be able to download a separate BlindsView code example kit as part of this tutorial.

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Create your own BlindsView effect for your apps [tutorial + code example]

Xperia™ Z and other new models added to our Device Loaner service

If you’re a developer based in the US or Canada, and are eager to start testing your apps to ensure they work on the latest Xperia™ smartphones, you’re in luck! We’ve just added Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia T to our Device Loaner Programme. And tablets and mobile accessories are also available, including the Xperia Tablet S and Sony SmartWatch. With the Device Loaner Programme, you can freely borrow a physical Xperia™ smartphone, tablet, or accessory device for up to 30 days, to ensure that your app works properly with Sony products. Read more about the programme after the jump.

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Xperia™ Z and other new models added to our Device Loaner service

5 coding tips to make your app power-efficient (and optimised for Sony’s STAMINA mode)

The battery life of smartphones and tablets is extremely important for many users, and in order to provide end users with good battery performance, device manufacturers have a joint responsibility together with all of you app developers. The power-save feature STAMINA mode, available on our latest Xperia™ devices including Xperia Z, is a clever way for us to improve the battery life for our users. And as an app developer, there are several things you can do to make your app more power efficient. Read on for five of our best tips, that will also ensure your app runs well with STAMINA mode turned on.

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5 coding tips to make your app power-efficient (and optimised for Sony’s STAMINA mode)

Tutorial reboot: Develop energy and network efficient apps

When you develop an app, there are a few things you can do to make it use network and power resources as efficiently as possible. And by doing so, you will also provide a clearly enhanced user experience. Håkan Jonson, a research engineer at Sony Mobile’s Technology office, created a tutorial a while back that will help you develop energy and network efficient apps. In his tutorial, you will find useful and hands-on tips, as well as code examples that will help you improve your app.

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Tutorial reboot: Develop energy and network efficient apps

Create clocks and widgets for SmartWatch 2

New APIs for SmartWatch 2 and Small Apps available in the updated add-on SDK from Sony.

Enjoy Developer World on mobile phones and tablets

A long-sought-after functionality was added to the Developer World website last week, as we made the whole site fully responsive for most kind of screen resolutions. This means the site will adapt to basically whatever device and screen size you are browsing from, and make it really easy to read and navigate on all devices. So now you are all able to fully enjoy Developer World on everything from desktop computers to tablets and mobile phones! Learn more after the jump.

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Enjoy Developer World on mobile phones and tablets

Xperia™ SP & Xperia™ L – two newest additions that broaden Sony device range [video]

Today, we’re introducing the Xperia™ SP & Xperia™ L, two new models joining the Xperia™ range of premium smartphones. Xperia™ SP comes with a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Plus dual core processor with the Adreno 320 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 4.6” HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean), LTE, NFC, GLONASS, Battery STAMINA mode, and an 8MP camera with HDR for picture.  Xperia™ L offers a 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Plus dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, 4.3” FWVGA display, Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean), NFC, Battery STAMINA mode, and an 8MP camera with HDR for picture and movie. The new Xperia™ SP and Xperia™ L will both be available from Q2 2013. Get more specs after the jump.

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Xperia™ SP & Xperia™ L – two newest additions that broaden Sony device range [video]

Develop Small Apps & IR remote sensor-related apps with the new Sony Add-on SDK

The new Xperia Tablet Z and its smartphone equivalent, Xperia Z, are the latest Sony products that include Small Apps and IR remote sensor functionality. If you’re ready to start developing your own Small Apps or your own IR remote sensor-enabled apps, you’ll want to do so using the new Sony Add-on SDK. Read on for a quick look at how you can get your development started right away!

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Develop Small Apps & IR remote sensor-related apps with the new Sony Add-on SDK

Develop apps for SmartWatch & Smart Wireless Headset pro with the new Sony Add-on SDK

You’ve all been able to develop app extensions for SmartWatch and Smart Wireless Headset pro for a while with the old Smart Extension SDK, but now we have replaced this with the new Sony Add-on SDK. So far, hundreds of apps have been created or extended to work with these devices. Read on for a walkthrough of the most useful facts and tips, for those of you looking to develop an app for SmartWatch and Smart Wireless Headset pro with the Sony Add-on SDK (and learn more about the SmartWatch update being released today!).

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Develop apps for SmartWatch & Smart Wireless Headset pro with the new Sony Add-on SDK

Develop app extensions for the “WALKMAN” Music player infinite button with the new Sony add-on SDK

UPDATE: The Music Infinite API is deprecated, and no longer supported in the Sony Add-on SDK. Do you have an app or service around music? Or maybe you run a music store app, an artist information site, an artist oriented app, a fan site or something similar? Then you can develop an app extension for “WALKMAN” music player, using the Music Infinite API available in the Sony Add-on SDK that was launched last week. In the “WALKMAN” music player app, the Infinite button can be used to access related information, content and services about the song or artist currently being played.

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Develop app extensions for the “WALKMAN” Music player infinite button with the new Sony add-on SDK

Sony <3 openness

At Sony, we are constantly trying to support the open Android community - learn more about these initiatives to the right.

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