Drone Control, the new drone controlling app from Sony, was released as open source today for Xperia™ devices and SmartEyeglass. The app works with Parrot drones to get real time flight data and battery life info, for example, superimposed on SmartEyeglass for an augmented reality (AR) experience.
Today, we’re introducing the next generation SmartBand 2, which features an advanced heart rate sensor, and provides notifications through vibration and color LEDs. SmartBand 2 is compatible with any device running Android 4.4 (KitKat) onwards and iOS 8.2. Get the full specs for SmartBand 2 after the jump.
Today the flagship devices Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, and Xperia Z4 Tablet WiFi have been added to our Open Device project. With this addition, it is now possible for developers to build AOSP versions for the first Xperia devices based on the 64-bit Qualcomm© Snapdragon 810 processor.
Today, we’ve announced Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5, two new smartphones joining our 2015 range of Xperia devices. Xperia C5 Ultra features an industry-first, twin 13MP front and rear camera, 6” Full HD display, and 1.7 GHz 64 bit Octa-core processor with 2GB RAM. The waterproof* Xperia M5 offers a 21.5MP rear camera, 5” Full HD display, and a 64-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. Read on for all the specs for Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5.
Could you benefit from knowing your Lifelog users favourite locations and predicting their movement between those locations? In this post, Sony’s Master Engineer, Håkan Jonsson, explains how to apply machine learning to location data retrieved from the Sony Lifelog API. Find out about machine learning, clustering, how to access Sony’s Lifelog API and check out Håkan’s own notebook.
Developer World team has selected the next hero open source developer who has made the most accepted commits to our projects on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. During the months of May and June, Brazilian developer Humberto Borba contributed the most to our projects. Read on for more details about Humberto, and learn how you could become the next hero open source developer.
Using Sony’s Theme Creator BETA tool you can easily create professional-looking themes for Xperia devices. With the latest version, Theme Creator BETA 0.0.3, you can now create themes for devices running Android 5.0 (Lollipop). This is something that we know many of you have been waiting for, and even though the Lollipop support is basic at this point we hope it’s useful to those who are keen to get started.
If you missed out on the chance to get MESH as part of the Indiegogo campaign, not to worry! MESH, the creative, digital DIY kit for makers, has made the jump from concept project to released product, and it’s now available for purchase for Japan and U.S. customers. For details on MESH and how to buy a kit, read more after the jump.
If This Then That, or IFTTT, is a web-based service that offers users the ability to automate digital activities by connecting services and apps. Working together with Sony, IFTTT have integrated the Lifelog API, enabling the use of data capture and API endpoints from Sony’s activity tracker, giving users even greater creative control.
Update – In response to queries regarding the technicalities of the post, we’d like to clarify what we’ve released here. We provided build instructions based on the AOSP project under the branch android-m-preview, showing the Android M platform changes so far. That build gives an early preview of Android M for custom ROM developers to play with. Be aware that at this point the API levels are still at Lollipop MR1, what we show is Android M Developer Preview purely from a platform perspective.
Note that the Android M Developer Preview for Nexus devices from Google supports the latest API level. Xperia devices flashed using the build instructions linked from this post, do not support those APIs.