Continuous support from the developer community

The other day we came across a rather interesting blog post written by Chris Pruett, creator of the game Replica Island. We thought it was intriguing, not only because of Chris’s conclusions about the need for game developers to support Xperia™ PLAY, but also because it draws an interesting picture of the gaming landscape today and how it may evolve in the near future.

In any case, we thought it was a fascinating analysis that we didn’t want to keep from you.  And yes, we are obviously delighted with the great developer support we are getting for the Xperia™ PLAY, and we’d love to get some more… For those of you who are not convinced yet, you might want to have a look at what Chris writes. What do you think?

Read for yourself in the blog post entitled Want to Change the Game Industry? Support the Xperia PLAY. Also, don’t forget to keep an eye the Sony Ericsson Product blog for news about the Xperia™ PLAY and new game titles. We are approaching well over a hundred games supporting the Xperia™ PLAY game controls and we are still counting!

If you have already created an innovative game, go ahead and tell us all about it on the Stand out from the crowd website. We are constantly looking to find the best innovations that deserve VIP treatment!

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Continuous support from the developer community

Analyse your apps with AppXplore

Ever wanted to peek inside and know more about your application? Ever desired to know what permissions your application uses, what Android™ version it supports, libraries it depends on and more? Well a simple answer to all your needs is now on Android Market™; Sony Ericsson AppXplore. And it works on all phones running Android 2.1 and above!

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Analyse your apps with AppXplore

Create Timescape™ and Music player extensions with the new EDK v 1.1

We have now released version 1.1 of the Extension Development Kit (EDK) from Sony Ericsson, where you can develop app extensions for both the Timecape™ social network app and the Music player in Sony Ericsson Android™ phones.

Creating an extension and publishing your app correctly will allow your app extension to display in either Timescape™ when a user searches for extensions, or in the Music player as an option when a user tap the Infinite key. As a result, this increases visibility and adds extra value to your app!

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Create Timescape™ and Music player extensions with the new EDK v 1.1

Game developer tip 2: Querying hardware capabilities

This is the second in a series of tips that supplement the Xperia™ game developer recommendations. This tip expands on Input recommendation IN5 in the list of game developer recommendations: A game should query the possible hardware capabilities of the platform to check if they exist on the current device. You can also download a PDF of this article.

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Game developer tip 2: Querying hardware capabilities

Developer related questions on LiveKey™ & ConnectLaunch?

Last week we released the LiveKey™ and ConnectLaunch developer tools, and going forward we really hope to see some cool applications making use of the new smart functionalities in the LiveSound™ hi-fi headset and the LiveDock™  multimedia station. The code examples for both LiveKey™ and ConnectLaunch comes with extensive documentation, and we really hope that you will find it valuable. For your service, we have also created a LiveKey™ and ConnectLaunch developer thread on Google groups, where we will try to answer all of your LiveKey™ & ConnectLaunch developer related questions to the best of our efforts. Feel free to ask! We will try to come back with an answer as soon as possible.

And remember that you can download the LiveKey™ code example as well as the ConnectLaunch code example into Eclipse or any other build environment and use them as reference resources.

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Developer related questions on LiveKey™ & ConnectLaunch?

Create clocks and widgets for SmartWatch 2

New APIs for SmartWatch 2 and Small Apps available in the updated add-on SDK from Sony.

How to scale images for your Android™ application

Hard to get images scaled correctly for your application? Are your images too large and causing memory problems? Or are they scaled incorrectly with a poor user experience as a result? To find a good solution for this, we asked Andreas Agvard from the Sony Ericsson software department to help shed some light on this topic.

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How to scale images for your Android™ application

New Xperia™ active video

Check out our latest video, where Marcus shows the new Xperia™ active. It supports ANT+ wireless technology for connecting sport and fitness equipment, and it is classed as IP67, which means that it can be under 1 meter (3 feet) of water for 30 minutes. A truly unique feature of the Xperia™ active lies in its pressure sensor for barometric measuring. As a developer, you can use this sensor in applications, which can be accessed through the Android sensor API.

Stay tuned to Developer World for more information about the pressure sensor in Xperia™ active going forward!

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New Xperia™ active video

Ericsson Application Award winners

Yesterday, the winners of the Ericsson Application Awards were crowned. And the winners were the Italian team JustBit in the student category, and the UK based team HipSnip in the company category. Team JustBit’s winning Android™ application use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology and wireless connectivity to keep track of what groceries you have at home. This way the team tried to address not only an everyday problem that most people can relate to, but also a bigger issue with domestic food waste.

Company category winners team HipSnip presented a well structured and thought through idea and application regarding personal shopping. Check out the Ericsson and the Ericsson Application Awards website to learn more about the winning teams and the competition.

From Sony Ericsson, Karl-Johan Dahlström, Head of Developer Relations, and Joakim Nelson, Head of Industry Collaboration & Asset Management, participated as a presenters and Karl-Johan was also part of the jury. Sony Ericsson is very pleased to have been part of this competition, and we’re looking forward to support next year’s competition also!

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Ericsson Application Award winners

Adapt your apps for the new LiveSound™ hi-fi headset and the LiveDock™ multimedia station

Today Sony Ericsson is announcing two new smart accessories: the LiveSound™ hi-fi headset and the LiveDock™ multimedia station. These phone accessories are designed to extend and enhance your phone experience in new innovative ways. The LiveSound™ hi-fi headset is also the first headset to support the new LiveKey™ feature, which is a button on the headset to get direct access to phone functions or applications.

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Adapt your apps for the new LiveSound™ hi-fi headset and the LiveDock™ multimedia station

Sony Ericsson adds three fantastic, new phones to product portfolio

In a press conference in Singapore today, Sony Ericsson introduced the addition of three new, exciting phones to its portfolio – the Xperia™ ray, Xperia™ active and the Sony Ericsson txt. Xperia™ ray and Xperia™ active are the newest members of the Xperia family of smartphones. The Sony Ericsson txt is an entertaining messaging phone.

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Sony Ericsson adds three fantastic, new phones to product portfolio

Sony <3 openness

At Sony, we are constantly trying to support the open Android community - learn more about these initiatives to the right.

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