Introducing SmartBand 2, with heart rate monitor, colour LEDs and Android/iOS support

Today, we’re introducing the next generation SmartBand 2, which features an advanced heart rate sensor, and provides notifications through vibration and color LEDs. SmartBand 2 is compatible with any device running Android 4.4 (KitKat) onwards and iOS 8.2. Get the full specs for SmartBand 2 after the jump.

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Introducing SmartBand 2, with heart rate monitor, colour LEDs and Android/iOS support

Theme Creator BETA updated with basic Lollipop support

Using Sony’s Theme Creator BETA tool you can easily create professional-looking themes for Xperia devices. With the latest version, Theme Creator BETA 0.0.3, you can now create themes for devices running Android 5.0 (Lollipop). This is something that we know many of you have been waiting for, and even though the Lollipop support is basic at this point we hope it’s useful to those who are keen to get started.

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Theme Creator BETA updated with basic Lollipop support

New version of Theme Creator BETA available now

In March, we released Theme Creator BETA, a tool that allows you to create professional-looking themes for Xperia™ devices. There has been a great interest in the tool, and we are thankful for all the feedback we have received through the Theme Creator forum. Today, there is a new version available, which includes enhanced features and extensive performance improvements. For example, you can now use any image editor you prefer to create your theme. Download Theme Creator BETA version 0.0.2 to get started right away.

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New version of Theme Creator BETA available now

Test your themes in Remote Device Lab

Have you created a theme using the new Theme Creator tool? Before publishing your theme, it’s important to verify that it works on as many devices as possible. With the Remote Device Lab (beta), which is a free web service, you can test your theme on real Xperia devices in order to it for a variety of different screen sizes, densities, and resolutions.

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Test your themes in Remote Device Lab

Test and verify your app for free on real Xperia devices

In October last year we launched Sony’s Remote Device Lab (beta), a free web service that allows you to test and verify your app on real Xperia devices. After each session the devices are factory reset, which means that you can safely try out your app on a variety of devices with different specifications. If you haven’t done so already, head over to Remote Device Lab (beta) to try it out. Read on to learn more about this service.

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Test and verify your app for free on real Xperia devices

Easy MPEG-DASH streaming with Multimedia for Android Library [open source]

Today we are happy to tell you that our Multimedia for Android Library is released as an open source project on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. With the Multimedia for Android Library you can stream MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) content in an easy and familiar way. In this article Jimmy Dahlqvist and Martin Danielsson, Software engineers at Sony, tell you how to use this library in your app.

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Easy MPEG-DASH streaming with Multimedia for Android Library [open source]

Android developers – learn about Sony’s offerings at Droidcon London

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.

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Android developers – learn about Sony’s offerings at Droidcon London
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