With the update to Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P just got even better. This update combines the features of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) with unique new features and apps from Sony. Upgrade your Sony Tablet to experience a streamlined user interface with drag-and-drop folder creation, improved multi-tasking and browser. New Sony features include direct access to SD card, ”Small Apps” and enhanced photo viewing options. Please note that the Tablet P update is only available in selected markets. Check out the official press release, Sony Tablet Evolution and this Android 4.0 for Tablet S video to learn more about the new features!
Today we have announced two new Xperia™ smartphones called Xperia™ tipo and Xperia™ miro. Xperia™ miro is a slim and stylish smartphone available in a fun range of colours, and with a deep integration of Facebook™. Xperia™ tipo is designed to be easy to use, and it will also be available in a dual SIM version called Xperia™ tipodual. Both of these new smartphones will also be released with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Read more after the jump!
Last week we released a firmware update for the Sony SmartWatch, which includes new UI updates and improved performance. And if you’re a developer, don’t forget that you can get a free SmartWatch device if you come up with a good idea and plan for a new SmartWatch extension. If you submit a new SmartWatch enabled app to Google Play before June 26, we will also send you a Smart Wireless Headset pro as a bonus! We might also ask to promote your app in Sony’s social media channels… Check out the video above, and the Free SmartWatch campaign page to learn more!
We just announced the Sony Xperia™ go, which comes with equipped with a pressure sensor, which enables you as a developer to create barometric, altitude or speed-related apps by accessing it through the Android sensor API. In this article, we’re highlighting information on how you can develop apps that work with the pressure sensor in Xperia™ go, as well as Xperia™ active as the sensor is accessed through the same API.
Read on to get a code example and instructions on how to create a simple app that can read data from the pressure sensor.
Today, we’re announcing the Xperia™ go and Xperia™ acro S, our two newest additions to the line up of Sony Xperia™ smartphones. Xperia™ go is a refined IP67 classes smartphone , meaning it has the highest level of dust and water resistance you can find in a smartphone. Xperia™ acro S also offers PlayStation® certification. Designed for extra durability and water resistance, both Xperia™ go and Xperia™ acro S have scratch-resistant mineral glass displays and meet industry standard Internal Protection ratings for protection against dust and water immersion. Read more about the stylish durability of the Xperia™ go and Xperia™ acro S after the jump.
***Update: This Sony specific API will be deprecated. Please use the hidden Android intent “android.intent.action.HDMI_PLUGGED” instead. This is supported on smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean. Stay tuned to Developer World for more information going forward.***
Are you working on an Android™ app that you’d like users to experience on an external device like a TV or monitor? If your Xperia™ smartphone (or other Android™ device) has an HDMI port, then your app should detect when it’s plugged into a powered high-definition screen to ensure the display is rendered properly on the larger screen. This quick tutorial includes some code that shows you how. Read more after the jump.
Our search for apps and app ideas that can be extended through the Sony SmartWatch kicked into full gear at last week’s AnDevCon and with great success. We got a great response from those attending the SmartWatch session and lines of developers eager to share their SmartWatch app extension ideas with our judges. Close to 100 SmartWatches were handed out among the 1,200 developers in attendance.
In addition, we will today start to ship the first SmartWatch devices to those developers who have applied online. Read on to learn how you can submit your apps/app ideas and get a free SmartWatch, as well as promotion in Sony online media channels if your app is successful!
In the latest version of our Extension Development Kit (EDK 2.0), which will let you create app extensions for the Timescape and Music player apps in Sony Xperia™ phones, we’ve included some useful new API features. For example, you can now include the number of user reactions for your Timescape™ event. You can also make it possible for the end user to interact with an event object in the Timescape™ spline, without launching a detailed view. These updates will make it easier to create compelling app extensions that stand out. A bunch of developers have already created their own EDK extensions – learn more after the jump!
Yesterday the winners of Ericsson Application Awards 2012 were announced. In the company category the winning team was MedAfrica from Nairobi, Kenya, with an app that will help improve health care in rural areas. In the student category, Clio Squad from Shanghai, China, won first prize with their app, which is a collaborative painting tool that can be used by several people working on the same drawing. Read more after the jump!
For those of you who attended Magnus Helgstrand’s SmartWatch developer session at AnDevCon III, or for those of you who were not able to attend, we’ve made the full presentation available here. In this presentation, SmartWatch Development 101: Transforming the Mobile User Experience Through Sony Smart Accessories, you’ll find the basics on SmartWatch functionality, information on the Sony Add-on SDK, and an overview of the APIs with sample code.