Getting started with Timescape™ extensions

Ready to take your Android™ development one step further? Do you want your app to get visible to thousands of Sony Xperia™ phones? Haven’t checked out the Timescape™ developer section yet? If so, then follow along with Sony Software Engineer, Robert Helmbro, as he’s provided this step-by-step tutorial for developing your own Timescape™ extension.

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Getting started with Timescape™ extensions

Write faster with the new Gesture input feature

In our latest video, we highlight a cool time saving feature available in the latest software available for our 2011 Xperia™ phones:  Gesture input. With gesture input, you can write text faster and more accurately. Check out the video above to learn more. Gesture input is available in 2011 Xperia™ phones with the latest software update. Learn more about the software update on the Sony Ericsson Product Blog.

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Write faster with the new Gesture input feature

Get rich or die tryin’ – get the game plan for developer success at AnDevCon, NOV 6-9

Been wondering how you can get your mobile game into the spotlight? Are you ready to start making money off of your standout app? Karl-Johan Dahlström’s session at AnDevCon – Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – Building Success with Xperia™ PLAY – can help kick-start your Android™ development and your game into high gear. Read on to get more details about this speaker session, the AnDevCon event, and an exclusive discount.

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Get rich or die tryin’ – get the game plan for developer success at AnDevCon, NOV 6-9

LiveKey™ SDK now includes emulator

Did you miss the release of the LiveKey SDK earlier this summer? No worries, it’s still around, and now we’ve updated it with an emulator. The LiveKey™ functionality was first introduced in the new LiveSound™ hi-fi headset, and using it gives you direct access to phone functions or applications with the click of a button. Maybe you want a simple speed dial to your mom, or the weather report to be read by text to voice? The only your limit is your imagination!

We met with Magnus Helgstrand from Sony Ericsson Smart Extras™ to find out more about LiveKey™ app extensions.

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LiveKey™ SDK now includes emulator

Discover the new Xperia™ devices

Get the facts about the latest smartphones, tablets and wearables from Sony.

Code examples using hidden Android™ APIs

Have you ever thought about using hidden Android™ APIs? A few weeks ago, Erik Hellman from Sony Ericsson’s Technology research department presented a few examples of how these APIs could be used at Droidcon in London, and at Mobile Monday in Bucharest. We have now made Erik’s hidden API code examples available for download.

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Code examples using hidden Android™ APIs

Use the multiple APK support in Android Market

Google recently announced multiple APK support in Android Market™, which allows you to upload multiple versions of an APK for a single product listing, instead of having to upload a single APK file for every version of your product. We got the lowdown from Anupam Nath, a Developer Support Engineer at Sony Ericsson, who explains in more detail about how this new feature can help solve some of your issues when publishing your app on Android Market™. See more after the jump.

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Use the multiple APK support in Android Market

Game developer tip 5: Using proper versioning

If you haven’t put much thought into how you assign the application versioning for your game, it is definitely an important detail you should keep in mind. Correct versioning makes it easier for you to maintain the development of your game, and makes it easier for users to keep track of what version they are running. This is the fifth in a series of tips that supplement the XperiaTM game developer recommendations. This tip expands on Packaging recommendations – PK6 in the list of game developer recommendations: For the final version of a game, the version value should be “1.0.0″ or higher and the current APK version should be higher than for any of the game’s previous releases.

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Game developer tip 5: Using proper versioning

Sony Ericsson supports independent developers

In developer forums worldwide, there is a huge activity and engagement in the open Android™ ecosystem. And we also know there are a lot of independent developers out there who are creating their own custom ROMs or modifying the kernel. The Sony Ericsson Developer program is following this community with great interest, and even though Sony Ericsson is not supporting all the activities by independent developers, we recognize that custom ROMs are a part of the Android ecosystem.

We therefore decided to assist a group of developers called “FreeXperia”. The overall open developer community is important to Sony Ericsson, and we hope to learn from it, and share knowledge ourselves. The FreeXperia group was supported with devices and technical know-how, and they are now in the process of creating custom ROMs based on the CyanogenMod for several of our latest Xperia™ phones, including Xperia™ PLAY and Xperia™ arc.

Karl-Johan Dahlström, Head of Developer Relations, explains more after the jump.

Important note: By unlocking your phone and running a custom ROM you may void the warranty. See your phone’s warranty statement for details.

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Sony Ericsson supports independent developers

Sony developer tools

Our free developer tools can help you with troubleshooting, debugging, app analysis and much more.

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