Many of the regular Developer World readers surely know of the Small Apps functionality for Sony tablets, but did you know that the newly announced Xperia Z also includes Small App functionality? Small Apps are like super-widgets that run on top of other applications and can add smart solutions for daily routines requiring multi-tasking. And if you’re a developer, you can start creating Small Apps for Xperia™ Z today! If you’ve already created Small Apps for Sony tablets, those extensions will also work on all Small Apps-supported smartphones, including Xperia™ Z and Xperia™ ZL. Read more after the jump.
Yesterday we announced the Xperia Z, which includes the new feature Throw. This feature lets you seamlessly play your music, and share videos and photos on your smartphone on another device. With only a few clicks, you can easily connect your phone to a TV or a speaker by using screen mirroring, DLNA or Bluetooth®. To enable this seamless wireless content sharing, we have developed the Throw software engine which helps optimise and streamline your experience. Read on for more details about how Throw works!
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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CES in Las Vegas is just around the corner next week, and if you’re planning on going to Vegas this week, why not stop by and visit us at the AT&T Developer Summit or the CES Modev Hackation? Or you can visit the Developer University at CES, where software engineer Anupam Nath from Sony will host a session called “Developer opportunities with Sony SmartWatch ecosystem”. Get the full story after the jump!
At the start of the year, we reported on a number of Sony Xperia smartphones and accessories supporting NFC (Near Field Communication). In that article, we also looked at NFC technology in more detail, provided some use cases, and explained how we work with NFC. And in that time, we’ve introduced even more NFC-supported smartphones. Read on to get the full list and a general recap of what NFC is all about.
If you’re currently working on an app where image scaling is needed, such as when you’re developing a SmartWatch extension for your application, don’t forget that we have a handy tutorial to explain how to get images scaled correctly. Andreas Agvard, a Senior Software Engineer at Sony, has created an image scaling code example that you can download, compile, and run. Read more after the jump.
Are you a Google+ user? Do you want to stay up to date with the latest developer and tech news, tips and updates from the world of Sony & Android? We’ve created a dedicated Developer Circle to share exclusive content, host Q&A sessions and offer help and advice to the +SonyXperia Google+ fans. Once you’ve joined the circle, the Developer World team will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have. Read more about how to join the circle after the jump.
Supporting the open developer community is as always important to us, and our latest contribution available is a binary blob for CyanogenMod (CM) that fixes an audio lib issue recently reported by the community. This patch is now available on a FreeXperia git repository. Read on to learn what it does, and how Oskar Anderö (in the picture), helped CM with this binary blob. Oskar is a software developer at Sony.
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!