This week we are proud to launch the brand new Sony Developer World web portal at http://developer.sony.com. This portal includes APIs, SDKs and links to different sectors within Sony. You’ll easily find all the Sony devices that you can develop for, and learn how to start developing for them. As this site replaces our existing Developer World, we have decided to rename this website as Developer World Mobile. Click to learn more about this change.
Today we’ve added Xperia L to our growing Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) for Xperia devices, letting you build and flash Android 4.4 (KitKat) on your unlocked Xperia L. This is the first time we’ve added support for a device with the 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 dual-core chip. Read more about the project and how to participate after the jump!
Did you know that Battery STAMINA Mode can extend the standby time of your Xperia device by more than four times? Not only we have updated it on Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra, but we’ve also introduced a new, useful power management feature called Queue background data. Find out all the latest details about these features and more, right after the jump.
The Camera Add-on API is a new addition to the Sony Add-on SDK that lets you integrate your own camera applications into the camera app on Sony Xperia Z1. Developer World reached out to the developers behind Sphere, an app for shooting visually transcending 360º panoramas, to ask about their experience on how the 20MP camera of Xperia™ Z1 has complemented their app, and helped them gain extra exposure through the Camera Add-on API. Read more after the jump.
With an increasing number of Android™ devices coming out with on-screen buttons, such as Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra, it’s important that your app can offer a more immersive viewing experience by hiding essential UI elements. It’s really not that complicated – we’ll show you how you can provide your app users with maximum screen estate on devices running Android 4.3 or earlier versions, in our latest tutorial.
An update for the Sony Add-on SDK is now available and includes official support for Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH50 and Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52. This means you’ll be able to create app extensions for these Smart accessories, as well as emulate the devices for your own app extension testing. Read on to learn more about what’s been updated in this release.
This year is a special one for Developer World, as it marks our tenth year in existence! That’s right, since 2003, we’ve been proudly serving the developer community with tools, tutorials, and the latest technical news related to mobile. Today, our website holds 700+ downloads, including white papers, developer tools and SDK, drivers, open source archives, and much more. So how did it all begin? We sat down with one of the founders and a long time member of the program, Abbas Sumar and Jonas Petterson, who share their insights on how Developer World first got its start.
Although our Xperia™ devices have become much more powerful the last couple of years, there might still be cases when your application needs more processing power. With OpenCL™, you can use the power of the GPU to handle resource intensive tasks in your app. This article is a short introduction to OpenCL, and how to get it up and running on your Sony Xperia device.