SmartWatch 2 is a success among app developers, with over 500 apps available on Google Play. When developing SmartWatch 2 apps developers have until now had to struggle with quite massive PDFs for the API documentation, but that’s about to change. All the documentation have now been revised based on all the requests and input we have received, and we have made the SmartWatch 2 API documentation available online as web pages at developer.sony.com.
Are you interested in trying SmartEyeglass, Sony’s binocular, see-through eyewear with camera, GPS and sensors? Or maybe learn about how to test your apps on Sony devices for free through the newly-launched Remote Device Lab (beta)? Find out about all that Sony has to offer developers at this year’s Droidcon London.
Today we’re happy to tell you that we’ve added Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 to our AOSP for Xperia project on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. In addition, Xperia Z has been updated to the latest Android version. At the same time, we’re starting to use a unified kernel for devices based on the Qualcomm® MSM8974 platform, which will make it easier for all you community developers to adapt the kernel to your needs.
Now you can pack Linux kernels for devices based on Qualcomm® platforms using a dedicated open source tool from Sony: the mkqcdtbootimg tool. The mkqcdtbootimg tool, which is available on GitHub, adds support for including one or more device tree blobs when rebuilding kernels. To reflect this, our recent tutorial How to rebuild kernels for flagship Xperia devices has been updated to make use of the new tool.
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk at XDA DevCon in Manchester about Sony Mobile’s approach to AOSP. We’ve seen a lot of engagement on the subject – lots of comments, lots of questions – so we wanted to share more details and clarify a few points about the work we do to provide binaries and source code to community developers. The binaries and source code are then used as a base when community developers are compiling their own custom ROMs.
Today we’re launching a beta version of Remote Device Lab, which will enable you to easily verify your app on a range of Xperia smartphones and tablets, without having to buy them. Through this free and easy-to-use online service, you can connect to a real Xperia device, and then upload your app on the device for verification.
This is the third article in our touchscreen technology series. In this piece, our touchscreen experts – Magnus Johansson, Master Systems Engineer software, and Alexander Hunt, Senior Systems Engineer hardware – explain Android touch resampling, which happens when a new, synthetic touch event is created and inserted into the event flow. Read more after the jump.
Today we’re proud to announce the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview) in support of the light-weight SmartEyeglass transparent lens eyewear. The transparent lenses have excellent brightness, allowing information to be superimposed and clearly viewed, in the wearer’s natural field of view. With the launch of the SmartEyeglass SDK (with an emulator included), we hope to give developers an opportunity to start developing apps in the innovative field of in-view augmented reality. This sets the foundation for a varied, exciting ecosystem of experiences to support the product at launch.
Did you know that you can develop apps for many of Sony TVs and home entertainment systems, such as Blu-ray players, home theater systems and media players? Many of Sony’s latest devices come with HTML5 capable browsers, and from 2015, many TVs will support Android TV and be Google Cast-ready. At developer.sony.com, you can get an overview of all the developer opportunities available for Sony TV and home entertainment platforms.
Today we’re adding a set of exciting new features to the Camera Remote API beta, which allows you to develop mobile apps that can control cameras from Sony. The new API features include easy access to transferring images, remote playback and more for the new Lens-style Cameras QX1 and DSC-QX30, as well as for the HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini. In addition, the new A5100 also supports the API.