How Sony’s Exmor RS™ image sensor technology for mobiles work

Starting with Xperia™ Z and Xperia™ Tablet Z, you’ll find that many* of the new Sony Xperia™ devices come with the Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor, which brings powerful capabilities derived from Sony’s digital cameras . This technology is the first to use a stacked, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which is a hardware improvement that achieves razor-sharp pictures in low light conditions. Exmor RS™ for mobile also brings the possibility to capture both HDR (High Dynamic Range) video and photos. Read on to learn more on how Exmor RS™ for mobile works.

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How Sony’s Exmor RS™ image sensor technology for mobiles work

ChkBugReport bug analysis tool updated with new features [presentation]

Do you remember Sony’s ChkBugReport tool that was published on our GitHub last year? ChkBugReport is a tool for analysing the output of an Android™ bugreport. Now Pál Szász, who created the tool, has added some new features and made several updates to it. You can also download a presentation about ChkBugReport that Pál held at Droidcon Berlin a couple of weeks ago. Learn more after the jump!

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ChkBugReport bug analysis tool updated with new features [presentation]

More models added to the flash tool for unlocked Xperia™ devices (beta)

One of our most popular services here at Developer World is the flash tool for Xperia devices, which lets you flash Sony software on a device with unlocked boot loader. This is convenient if you want to go from a custom ROM to generic Sony software. We’ve now added software for several more models, most recently Xperia go, Xperia ray and Xperia neo V. At the moment, we support 13 different models, including Xperia Z and Xperia T. Check out the list of supported devices or click the read more link below for more information!

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More models added to the flash tool for unlocked Xperia™ devices (beta)

AOSP now available for Xperia™ Z on Sony’s GitHub [open source + video]

***Update: Software binaries updated. ***

Remember our Android Open Source Project for Xperia S? Because of the great interest we saw in that project, we’ve now decided to create an AOSP project for Xperia Z as well. This means that the software will be open for you as a developer to use and contribute to. This is a way for us to continue our commitment to support the open Android community. It is also a tool for us to facilitate and verify contributions to AOSP on the APQ8064 Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro platform. Get the details after the jump!

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AOSP now available for Xperia™ Z on Sony’s GitHub [open source + video]

Take the App Promo Developer Survey and win an App Store Optimisation package worth $1,500

Our friends at App Promo have just opened up their 2nd Annual Developer Survey, which looks at how developers are performing with their apps from a discovery and financial perspective. The study aims to gather data to illustrate trends and insights that represent the developer community at large, and which will be used to create an infographic and white paper at the end of May this year. The survey runs from now to May 5, 2013. As an incentive for completing the survey, App Promo is also giving away the chance to win an App Store Optimisation package worth $1,500. So get started on the App Promo survey right away!

Click the Read more link below to read all of our App Promo developer tips.

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Take the App Promo Developer Survey and win an App Store Optimisation package worth $1,500

Discover the new Xperia™ devices

Get the facts about the latest smartphones, tablets and wearables from Sony.

Make your apps fast, user-friendly and power-efficient [video + presentation]

Designing and implementing an efficient network communication in your Android application is not an easy task. This is something Sony research engineer Erik Hellman has put a lot of thought and work into, and he shared some of his best hints and tips regarding this at his presentation at Droidcon London 2012. Check out the video and the presentation after the jump.

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Make your apps fast, user-friendly and power-efficient [video + presentation]

Create your own BlindsView effect for your apps [tutorial + code example]

One of the unique features you’ll find with recent Xperia™ smartphones is a “blinds” effect that’s part of the lockscreen display – touch your finger anywhere on the screen, and the window shreds into horizontal blind slats. The BlindsView feature is also available on Xperia™ smartphones running the Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update (at the moment, Xperia™ TL). You can easily incorporate this graphical UI effect to your own standalone apps using our BlindsView tutorial from Johan Henricson, software project manager at Sony. You’ll also be able to download a separate BlindsView code example kit as part of this tutorial.

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Create your own BlindsView effect for your apps [tutorial + code example]

Xperia™ Z and other new models added to our Device Loaner service

If you’re a developer based in the US or Canada, and are eager to start testing your apps to ensure they work on the latest Xperia™ smartphones, you’re in luck! We’ve just added Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia T to our Device Loaner Programme. And tablets and mobile accessories are also available, including the Xperia Tablet S and Sony SmartWatch. With the Device Loaner Programme, you can freely borrow a physical Xperia™ smartphone, tablet, or accessory device for up to 30 days, to ensure that your app works properly with Sony products. Read more about the programme after the jump.

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Xperia™ Z and other new models added to our Device Loaner service

5 coding tips to make your app power-efficient (and optimised for Sony’s STAMINA mode)

The battery life of smartphones and tablets is extremely important for many users, and in order to provide end users with good battery performance, device manufacturers have a joint responsibility together with all of you app developers. The power-save feature STAMINA mode, available on our latest Xperia™ devices including Xperia Z, is a clever way for us to improve the battery life for our users. And as an app developer, there are several things you can do to make your app more power efficient. Read on for five of our best tips, that will also ensure your app runs well with STAMINA mode turned on.

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5 coding tips to make your app power-efficient (and optimised for Sony’s STAMINA mode)

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