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!
Last week we told you about the Open SmartWatch Project, and during the weekend Arduino and Sony arranged a workshop with the aim to come up with a proof of concept for how SmartWatch could be setup to work in an Arduino environment. The Arduino folks have since then continued to work hard, and they have now published a GitHub project that includes an alpha version of a complete tool chain, including the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment). This will allow developers to innovate with SmartWatch on top of Arduino’s toolchain. Learn more in the full post!
This week we’ve added another long-sought-after functionality to Developer World, as it’s now possible to browse the API references for the Sony Add-on SDK online. So far, this functionality is still in beta, as we look to improve both the content and design, but nevertheless the functionality is there, and it’s available for you to use already now. Learn more in the full post.
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!
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.
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.
Do good. Geek out. Win big. That’s the slogan for Appiness hackathon taking place May 24-25 and June 1 in Sydney, Australia, and from Sony we’re proud to sponsor this hackathon with 50 Xperia™ devices. Appiness is a hackathon for people who want to make something new, and everyone from designers to engineers and entrepreneurs are invited to come together and build brand new apps that truly help people. Because that is what Appiness is all about, to help four different charities, and to do this each member of the participating teams will be equipped with an Appiness toolkit, including an Xperia™ device. Check out the Appiness website for more information.
Next week, experienced Linux developers Frank Rowand (left) and Tim Bird (right) from Sony will be presenting at LinuxCon Japan, where many top Linux developers, administrators, users and experts will come together. Frank will share insights on how to use and understand the Real-Time Cyclictest benchmark, and Tim will explain how Linux developers can reduce the size of their Linux systems (and possible improve their performance in the process). Learn more the event and the presentations after the jump!
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!