Openness is important to Sony, and as a next step of our work in this area, we will now make Sony kernel copyleft sources for flagship devices available on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. This is a long sought step for all of you open source developers who’ve been waiting for this to happen. We heard you, and now it’s done! More sources for other devices will be added over time.
Today the Camera Remote API beta, which lets you develop mobile apps to remotely control Sony cameras, has been updated with new API features for many cameras. The update makes it possible for many Alpha and Cyber-shot cameras to control focus mode, F number and shutter speed. The latest Sony Action Cameras on the other hand, will get access to interval still recording and steady mode. In addition, we’re adding support for the newly announced HDR-AS20, as well as the A7S and RX100 III, as previously mentioned. Get all the details, and learn how to get started on Sony Developer World (external link).
With the recent update to the SmartWatch 2 software, users are able to customise the watch face of SmartWatch 2. Better yet, the latest version of the Sony Add-on SDK gives you, as a developer, access to the Widget API, which allows you to develop clocks and widgets for the SmartWatch 2 watch face. To further inspire your wearables development, check out our interview with Alexander “Azya” Zakharyan who has increased downloads on Google Play by specialising in watch-related SmartWatch 2 apps.
Today introduces Xperia T3, Sony’s new quad-core smartphone crafted in a stainless steel frame. The super-slim Xperia T3 weighs a mere 148 grams, has a screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels, and runs Android version 4.4 (KitKat). The steel used in the frame ensures a sturdy and durable design, while also functioning as an antenna. Get more specs for Xperia T3 after the jump.
Today we are happy to introduce our newest member of the team behind Sony’s Developer Program – Alin Jerpelea. Alin is well known in the open Android community for his work to bring the CyanogenMod custom firmware to Xperia devices, and he joins Sony to strengthen our work in the open source area, where we have an ambition to step up our work with the community.
With a coming update of the Camera Remote API beta, many of the currently supported camera models will get support for a wider set of API features. This includes the ability to control functions such as shutter speed, white balance and ISO settings. The newly announced A7S interchangeable lens digital camera and RX100 III digital still camera will also be added with about the same number of API features. Click read more to learn about this coming update at Sony Developer World (external link).
This past weekend at Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo California, Sony unveiled “MESH” – an exciting new development concept. MESH (derived from the concept of Make, Experience, SHare) is a platform of hardware blocks that connect to each other through wireless technology such as Bluetooth Smart. Each block contains software that can be programmed via a simple Graphical User Interface (GUI) to define a function. MESH makes it easy, fun and convenient for anyone without engineering or coding skills to build their own inventions.
Gamers, get your votes in by Monday, May 19! You’re the judges when it comes to playing and voting on the best games from 2,497 entries developed during Ludum Dare, a worldwide game development event. We’re also excited to see how the submissions from developers attending the Sony Lund gathering will rank. Read on to see the winners from the local Sony competition.
Active Low Power Mode is one of the new features for SmartWatch 2 developers, available in the latest version of the Sony Add-on SDK. In Active Low Power Mode, the content of an app is displayed in greyscale on the SmartWatch 2 display to save battery time, which is good for use cases such as fitness tracking apps that runs throughout an exercise session. Learn how to develop apps using Active Low Power Mode in this tutorial!