New software upgrade for Xperia™ 2011 smartphones announced

We’ve just announced a major software upgrade for 2011 Xperia™ smartphones. The Xperia™ software upgrade provides users with:

  • The latest version of Android software (Gingerbread) including Google Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras.
  • Updated Facebook inside Xperia™ which allows users to like, share, and discover on Facebook faster and easier; users also have the ability to share games, apps and songs directly to Facebook™.
  • Enhanced camera capabilities from Sony, including 3D sweep panorama
  • Connectivity to USB peripherals (mouse, keypad, or game controller) through the Sony Ericsson LiveDock™ multimedia station.
  • Swipe to write which allows for text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next.
  • Screen capture from anywhere on the phone.

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New software upgrade for Xperia™ 2011 smartphones announced

Search functionality improvements on Developer World

As you might have noticed, the search functionality here on Developer World has been improved. Besides being faster, it returns much more relevant results. Gone are the days with broken search results and results limited to our Articles and Downloads sections. You can now find everything from all sections of Developer World, including News, Blogs, Tutorials and Downloads sections. You can easily find drivers for many Sony Ericsson phones. You can even search inside documents from our vast archive of user guides and white papers, available mainly in PDF format. Happy hunting!

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and if you find any issues on the Developer World site, or if you have any suggestions or recommendations on improvements, please let us know by using the Comments link at the end of this post.

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Search functionality improvements on Developer World

It’s about our rate of innovation

In just two days Media Evolution The Conference begins in Malmö, Sweden. This blog post is about one of the themes of the conference that strikes me close to heart as a futurist – Man & Machine.

I’m writing this on a train, on my way to meet both colleagues, acquaintances and people I’ve so far only heard of but never met. For myself and most people this is something we look forward to. We love to meet, talk, exchange thoughts and ideas.

The same drive, true since the human race was spread out in pockets on the Sahara savannah (which wasn’t a desert back then), is one of the reasons us humans love to go to conferences, to pick up the phone, to read blog entries like this one. We’re simply the chatty animal.

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Facebook inside Xperia software update makes mobile gaming more social

If you haven’t already read or seen what Facebook inside Xperia is, here’s a brief recap. When you update the Xperia™ software on your Sony Ericsson smartphone with the Facebook inside Xperia update, users are able to “Like” a track from the music player, tag photos in the phone’s gallery, sync contacts in the phonebook with current Facebook statuses, and sync the calendar with Facebook events.  This should undoubtedly be a big hit with Sony Ericsson customers who use Facebook on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

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Facebook inside Xperia software update makes mobile gaming more social

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Lame Castle from Be-Rad Entertainment – a fortress of fun on the Xperia™ PLAY

As the wonderfully innovative Xperia™ PLAY games continue to keep coming into the Stand out from the Crowd submission site, Sony Ericsson is pleased to showcase the next standout game – Lame Castle from Be-Rad Entertainment – and fully optimized for the Xperia™ PLAY.

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Lame Castle from Be-Rad Entertainment – a fortress of fun on the Xperia™ PLAY

Hyperlight from CatfishBlues Games shines as a standout game for Xperia™ PLAY

Sony Ericsson is excited to see the innovation that game developers have come up with since the launch of the Xperia™ PLAY. We’re pleased to showcase Hyperlight from CatfishBlues Games, the first of several of top Stand out from the Crowd contenders who have created a top-notch game designed for maximum impact, and most importantly, fully optimised for the Xperia PLAY.

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Hyperlight from CatfishBlues Games shines as a standout game for Xperia™ PLAY

Game developer tip 4: Displaying game keys and buttons accurately

This is the fourth in a series of tips that supplement the Xperia game developer recommendations. This tip expands on Display recommendations – DS3 in the list of game developer recommendations: If applicable, the representations of the device’s buttons should be displayed in the correct layout.

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Game developer tip 4: Displaying game keys and buttons accurately

Skype video support comes to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia™ smartphones

In June, we told you about Skype’s availability on the Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro. Skype has just confirmed that the release of Skype 2.1 will be supported by the Xperia™ PLAY, Xperia™ mini pro, and Xperia™ ray. Sony Ericsson Xperia™ users can now easily find and download the Skype app directly from the Sony Ericsson channel on Android™ Market.

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Skype video support comes to Sony Ericsson’s Xperia™ smartphones

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