Winners of the Ericsson Widget Awards to be presented in Stockholm on May 3rd

A while back we wrote about the Ericsson Widget Awards, a global competition to inspire both aspiring programmers and hardcore coders to come up with useful widgets for mobile devices. Now the competition has entered its final stage and Ericsson is evaluating the contributions.

To conclude the competition and to select the winners Ericsson is organising a developer event on May 3rd where you will be able to see some interesting demonstrations, listen to invited speakers and mingle with people from the mobile applications industry.

The event will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on May 3rd. Check out the details and sign up for the event on the Ericsson Widget Awards website.

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Xperia™ game developer tip: How to make an application install directly to the SD card

When designing your game for the Xperia™ PLAY or other Android™ devices, Sony Ericsson highly recommends that you enable the Move to SD card option. This will make your gaming files movable to external storage. This is an optional feature you can declare for your application with the android:installLocation manifest attribute. If you do not declare this attribute, your application will be installed on the internal storage only and it cannot be moved to the external storage.

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Xperia™ game developer tip: How to make an application install directly to the SD card

Ericsson Application Awards move into the semi finals

For those who remember, we have been pushing for the Ericsson Application Awards every once in a while, as it is one of the biggest and most professional developer competitions around. And now the competition is moving to the semi finals!

We’d like to congratulate the teams moving into the semi finals. Read all about it on the Ericsson Application Awards web page. We’re glad to see that Ericsson is going to run the competition next year also!

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Ericsson Application Awards move into the semi finals

How to take advantage of the pinch-to-zoom feature in your Xperia™ X10 apps – Part 2

Recently Sony Ericsson rolled out an update to the Android™ 2.1 operating system in its Xperia™ X10 phones. One of the important new features in the update is support for a multi-touch gesture called pinch-to-zoom. The first part of this two-part tutorial showed how to take advantage of the pinch-to-zoom feature in your apps. In this second part of the tutorial, you’ll examine a code example that uses the pinch-to-zoom feature.

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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 take advantage of the pinch-to-zoom feature in your Xperia™ X10 apps – Part 1

Recently Sony Ericsson rolled out an update to the Android™ 2.1 operating system in its Xperia™ X10 phones. One of the important new features in the update is support for a multi-touch gesture called pinch-to-zoom. In this first part of a two-part tutorial, you will learn how to take advantage of the pinch-to-zoom feature in your apps. In the second part of the tutorial, you’ll examine a code example that uses the pinch-to-zoom feature.

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How to take advantage of the pinch-to-zoom feature in your Xperia™ X10 apps – Part 1

Find the tools and services you need in the Developer resources section

 

Are you looking for a way to build a mobile app that can run cross-platform? Do you need help in advertising your app? Do you want to integrate social networking into your app? You can find tools and services that can help you do these things and more in the Developer resources section on Developer World.

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Find the tools and services you need in the Developer resources section

Learn how to make Xperia™ PLAY games through design3 training videos

 

 

With the revolutionary release of the Xperia™ PLAY into the mobile gaming ecosystem, we are excited to work with design3 to offer training videos designed to help Sony Ericsson developers move their projects from concept to delivery as fast as possible. Read more about design3’s exciting offerings after the jump.

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Learn how to make Xperia™ PLAY games through design3 training videos

Unlocking the boot loader in the new Xperia™ smartphones

With its new generation of 2011 Xperia™ smartphones, Sony Ericsson will allow advanced developers to unlock the boot loader in a secure and legal way. We will enable this opportunity later this spring, although it will only be possible for certain releases of these phones.

Find out the details after the jump.

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Android™ Gingerbread coming to Xperia™ X10 generic trade kits

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10

Sony Ericsson has previously communicated  that we did not plan for any further upgrades of the Xperia X10 beyond Android 2.1 Éclair. This was correct at the time, but it has now changed and we plan to bring an upgrade to Android™ Gingerbread for generic trade kits of the Xperia X10 at the end Q2 or early Q3 this year. We have simply listened to our consumers, and the development of the software for our new 2011 range of Xperia™ phones gave us a solution that made it possible to deliver Android™ Gingerbread on Xperia™ X10.

For more details, check out this blog post on the Sony Ericsson Products blog.

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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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