Introducing SmartBand, the innovative SmartWear from Sony

Have you looked for a healthier lifestyle, but always found yourself too busy to keep track of things? Today we’re introducing SmartBand, the first product in the Sony’s new SmartWear range that lets you record and capture everything you do – your movements, your communication, and your entertainment.

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Introducing SmartBand, the innovative SmartWear from Sony

Use both the Control & Notification APIs for customised UIs in your SmartWatch 2 extension [code]

A few of you SmartWatch developers out there have recently asked us if it’s possible to use both the Control API and Notification API together in a single extension. The good news is – yes, you can use both of these Smart Extension APIs in a single SmartWatch extension, for any device that supports the Smart Extension APIs with both control and notification, including the SmartWatch 2. Read on to get the full details from Marlin Liew, Developer Technical Services Engineer at Sony, who provides a code example showing how to use both of these APIs in a single project.

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Use both the Control & Notification APIs for customised UIs in your SmartWatch 2 extension [code]

Developer World becomes Developer World Mobile

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.

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Developer World becomes Developer World Mobile

Xperia™ L added to our AOSP for Xperia project on GitHub [open source]

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!

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Xperia™ L added to our AOSP for Xperia project on GitHub [open source]

Create clocks and widgets for SmartWatch 2

New APIs for SmartWatch 2 and Small Apps available in the updated add-on SDK from Sony.

Power management explained – Sony Xperia™ Z1 and Xperia™ Z Ultra

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.

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Power management explained – Sony Xperia™ Z1 and Xperia™ Z Ultra

Developer interview: Getting the full scope with Sphere and Camera Add-on API

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.

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Developer interview: Getting the full scope with Sphere and Camera Add-on API

How to provide your app users with maximum screen estate [tutorial]

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.

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How to provide your app users with maximum screen estate [tutorial]

Sony Add-on SDK updated – adds support for Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH50 and Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52

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.

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Sony Add-on SDK updated – adds support for Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH50 and Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52

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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