We’ve added some new, and very important tips to the Xperia™ Game Developer Recommendations list. The first recommendation is that your app should check for a Wi-Fi™ connection, which benefits users who may have a limited data plan and helps carriers reserve network bandwidth for other services. The second recommendation is that your app should check the status of the SD card. This is important since the SD card automatically unmounts when the back cover of the device is removed and may cause the SD card to become unreadable. Read on for more details.
Do you know about the AppXplore analysis tool? It’s a little handy app we originally created for internal purposes within Sony. But then we thought, why not make this available to everyone? So we did just that. AppXplore will give you all the nitty gritty information about the apps installed on your phone – what permissions your apps are using, what Android™ versions are supported, what libraries the apps are sharing and so on. And now we have updated this app with some new features!
Find out more details after the jump.
The other day we updated the texts and instructions on our unlock boot loader site, available at unlockbootloader.sonyericsson.com. The biggest change? Now there is a way for you to check if it’s possible to unlock your phone or not, before even starting the unlock process, by accessing the service menu on your phone.
Read more about the rest of the changes after the jump.
As promised when we announced our support of independent developers, we have now made the camera library binaries for a number of Sony Ericsson phones available under a special end user license agreement (EULA). You can use these camera libraries to handle the camera hardware in our 2011 Xperia™ phones except Xperia™ PLAY, which has a different camera module.
Download and find out more after the jump.
If you have missed it, our friends at the Sony Ericsson Product Blog today confirmed that Sony Ericsson plans to upgrade the entire 2011 Xperia™ portfolio to the next version of Android known as Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich. Find out all the details at the Sony Ericsson Product Blog!
More detailed information regarding this upgrade, timing and global availability will be communicated in due course on the Product blog. For more in depth technical information about the Xperia™ upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, stay tuned to Developer World!
The other day we published a tutorial on how to create Timescape™ extensions, and now it is time to launch version 1.2 of the Extension Development Kit (EDK). We are constantly adding more things to this toolbox, and in this version we’ve included the LiveKey™ emulator. So if you install EDK 1.2, there is no need to install the LiveKey™ emulator separately. On top of this, you can still develop app extensions for both the Timescape™ social network app and the Music player in Sony Ericsson Android™ phones using EDK 1.2. Also, did you know the EDK features several generic Sony Ericsson skins?
Read more after the jump.
Do you work in a large building or in a complex of buildings? Are you new to work and having a hard time finding your way around? Are your colleagues or visitors ever late for your meetings because they couldn’t find the right conference room? If so, then it might be a good idea to setup an indoor map service. At Sony Ericsson, that is precisely what Magnus Persson and his colleagues have done. Read the rest of the story to find out why indoor maps are useful, and how to get started in creating your very own indoor map.
Sony Ericsson’s experimental hub Xperia Studio recently collaborated with photographer and inventor Joergen Geerds to shoot an impressive 360° panoramic video of the Slickrock trails in Moab, Utah. Check out the cool results in the video above!
Xperia Studio also met up with Joergen and software engineer Daniel Finkler to find out how they solved the hardware and software challenges involved. More videos and information about this are available after the jump.
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.
Read more after the jump.