How to develop gaming apps using the Xperia™ PLAY gamepad

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY

Before developers begin designing mobile games for Xperia™ PLAY, it is important to understand the different hardware keys for the device. The following information provides an overview of the hardware keys, along with a set of high-level gamepad recommendations and guidelines for game developers. This guidance may be help to developers are not familiar with developing mobile games that use hardware keys. This article also includes the key code and scancode mapping for the Xperia™ PLAY, which provides a handy reference for developing games according to standard hardware key functionality. The Xperia™ PLAY brings a new level of smartphone with the ultimate gaming experience, and these guidelines will ensure that developers create hardware-based gamepad functionality that complements soft key functionality, and overall consistent game play for all Xperia PLAY mobile games.

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Xperia™ PLAY touch pad tutorial now available

Xperia™ PLAY touch pad

Are you a game developer? The new Xperia™ PLAY features an analog touch pad for full gaming experiences. And the good thing is, you will be able to utilize it for your games too! You can use native code, that is, code written in C or C++, in conjunction with the Android™ Native Development Kit (NDK) to access touch events from the Xperia™ PLAY touch pad. Please note that you cannot use the Android SDK to access these touch events.

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Announcing the Xperia™ pro and Xperia™ neo

Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro video screenshot

Today Sony Ericsson expands Xperia™ family with two new generation Android smartphones, as the Xperia™ neo and the Xperia™ pro was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. These smartphones feature cutting edge technology from Sony and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of the Android™ platform – Gingerbread.

Check out our brand new video after the jump!

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Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY – World’s first authentic gaming smartphone

Xperia™ PLAY video screenshot

Today sees the announcement of the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY, the first all-in-one smartphone and game console. XperiaTM PLAY delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want.

As a gaming device, the full-featured PlayStation® Certified Android™ smartphone boasts a 4” screen and superb stereo sound combined with real gaming control keys – directional pad, analogue touch pad, trigger buttons, PlayStation® buttons – fine-tuned for sturdiness and tactility.

Want to take a close look and learn about the performance of Xperia™ PLAY? Check out our new video after the jump.

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Develop your own Timescape™ extensions

Develop your own Timescape™ extensions

Starting with the new Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro, it will be possible to develop your own extensions to Sony Ericsson’s Timescape™ application. The Timescape™ application is a central hub for most social activities and events in a Sony Ericsson Android™ phone. And with the new Extension Development Kit (EDK), you will be able to develop your own Timescape™ extensions. For example, you can add new information sources to the applications to expand the social network options. Or find your own unique uses for the EDK and create your own Timescape extensions.

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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.

Update available for LiveView™ micro display

 

We are happy to announce that a firmware update for LiveView™ micro display is now available, as well as an updated version of LiveView™ application. The updated LiveView™ application is available on Android Market, and the firmware update of LiveView™ micro display is done using the Sony Ericsson Update Service software. Visit the Sony Ericsson Support pages for more information and guidance on how to update your LiveView™ micro display.

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Use your Sony Ericsson phone with ANT+ enabled health and fitness products

Marcus Hansson explains more about ANT+.

At Sony Ericsson we are very pleased to announce that we will be the first mobile handset manufacturer to have integrated support for ANT+ technology. This means that you will be able to use your Sony Ericsson phone with a large number of commercial health and fitness products. For example, you can use your phone with a heart rate monitor, a pedometer, or both, when you are out running.

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How the Xperia™ X10 mini was designed

The design of the Xperia™ X10 mini is much appreciated by many people, and this year it was also rewarded the Red dot design award. But what thoughts and ideas was put into the design of the Xperia™ X10 mini?

Well, we hooked up with Matthias Kierysch, colour material designer at Sony Ericsson, to find out more:

Read more about this on Sony Ericsson Developer World.

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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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