Full disclosure required for app users in California

If you’ve developed a mobile app, there’s a good chance that you’ve got at least one user that’s from Silicon Valley or California, which might not seem like a big deal. But if you’re also collecting user data, it can be a big deal because of an existing, but little known state law, called the California Online Privacy Protection Act.  According to this law, if a mobile app collects any personal data from a California resident, the app must provide a security policy for users. Read on to understand more about this law, to learn about what data you should collect, and to get hints for keeping user data secure.

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Full disclosure required for app users in California

Developer? Borrow an Xperia™ smartphone and test your app

Hey developers, now that the spring season has arrived, it’s the perfect time to get fresh start on your Android™ development. Would you be interested in trying out and testing an Xperia™ smartphone, without any cost, to ensure that your app is compliant? If yes, then why not borrow a smartphone from our Device Loaner Program? This program is intended as a low cost (free!) option to allow you to test your apps on a physical Xperia smartphone or accessory device for up to 30 days. And we’ve just added two more models to the lineup – the Xperia arc S and the recently announced Xperia S. Get more details after the jump.

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Developer? Borrow an Xperia™ smartphone and test your app

Powerful tool to analyse your APKs now released [open source]

Are you an app developer looking for a powerful app analysis tool?  Do you want to get a good view of the architecture and dependencies in your app? Ever tried to disassemble bytecodes in Android™ apps? You can do all this and much more with ApkAnalyser, our new virtual analysis tool that we’re also making available as open source. Learn more after the jump.

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Powerful tool to analyse your APKs now released [open source]

Learn about the technical differences between Gingerbread and ICS [Updated]

Ever thought about how Gingerbread (GB) and Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platforms differ on a technical level? In this blog post, we’ll describe some of the technical differences between GB and ICS, and what the differences in the user experience might be. This way you can decide if ICS is right for you, or if you prefer to stay on Gingerbread. Maybe you will prefer the new UI in ICS, or do you give a higher priority to the extreme stability of the Gingerbread platform? Read more after the jump!

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Learn about the technical differences between Gingerbread and ICS [Updated]

ICS beta ROM now available for unlocked Xperia™ PLAY smartphones [download]

Upon request we’re today releasing an Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) beta for Xperia™ PLAY, and we’re really interested in getting your feedback on this beta release. As games are such a crucial part of Xperia™ PLAY, we would like to know how well this ICS beta for Xperia™ PLAY works when you’re playing games. Read on for download links and installation instructions!

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ICS beta ROM now available for unlocked Xperia™ PLAY smartphones [download]

Sony <3 openness

Don't miss out when Alin Jerpelea and the Open Device team add new devices, software versions or instructions related to AOSP.

Xperia™ neo L announced for the Chinese market [white paper]

Last week, we announced Xperia™ neo L, a new smartphone aimed at consumers in China. Xperia™ neo L is the follow up to the popular Xperia neo and Xperia neo V and boasts a large 4.0” screen. It will be available in China in the second quarter of 2012. Get more details after the jump.

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Xperia™ neo L announced for the Chinese market [white paper]

Xperia™ S open source archive released with building instructions

Are you a custom ROM developer? If so, you’ve probably checked out our Sony Xperia™ open source archives before. Last year we told you how to build a Linux kernel. Today we’re releasing the open source archive for the Xperia™ S, which contains files you can use when building a kernel. This is the first time we publish source code for a product built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 platform, and to flash this software, you need do some additional steps and run a script that we also release today. Read more after the jump!

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Xperia™ S open source archive released with building instructions

Imagine controlling your phone without touching the screen – floating touch makes it possible [video]

See the magic happen in the floating touch video.

The new Xperia™ sola announced earlier today, includes a brand new touch sensor technology, called floating touch™, that lets you interact with the phone without even touching it. This unique user experience never seen on a smartphone before lets you control parts of the user interface (UI) by simply letting your finger hover above the screen. At launch, this feature is implemented in the web browser. Floating touch™ enables the phone to register your finger up to 20mm above the screen. This makes it possible to detect not only the screen coordinates that you are pointing at, but also your finger’s distance from the screen. Erik Hellman, research engineer at Sony Mobile and one of the inventors of the technology, explains more after the jump.

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Imagine controlling your phone without touching the screen – floating touch makes it possible [video]

Newest Sony smartphone announced – Xperia sola, bringing magical floating touch technology [video]

Today marks the debut of the Xperia™ sola, the newest addition to the 2012 line up of Sony Xperia™ smartphones. Xperia™ sola introduces a cool new feature never before seen in any smartphone – floating touch™ technology, which lets you (among other things) browse through your favourite links without even touching the screen. Read more about Xperia™ sola’s floating touch feature, plus the full phone specs, after the jump.

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Newest Sony smartphone announced – Xperia sola, bringing magical floating touch technology [video]

Stand out developers promoted at GDC 2012 [video]

GDC (Game Developers Conference) is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event and takes place this week, from the 7th to 9th of March in San Francisco, California. If you’re planning to attend the event, be sure to stop by our GDC booth (2320) and see our video featuring a new line-up of fully-optimised Xperia™ games from our Stand out developers . Read on to learn more about these games, our Stand out partners, and the benefits of the Stand out from the crowd marketing campaign.

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Stand out developers promoted at GDC 2012 [video]

Augmented reality made possible

Learn how to develop apps with the new SmartEyeglass SDK.

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