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

Boost the performance of your Android app with OpenCL [tutorial]

Although our Xperia™ devices have become much more powerful the last couple of years, there might still be cases when your application needs more processing power. With OpenCL™, you can use the power of the GPU to handle resource intensive tasks in your app. This article is a short introduction to OpenCL, and how to get it up and running on your Sony Xperia device.

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Boost the performance of your Android app with OpenCL [tutorial]

Make your voice heard in the Developer Economics survey

Our friends at VisionMobile have just opened their new Developer Economics survey. VisionMobile’s research on the app economy and developer ecosystems is based on the largest, most global developer surveys. This new survey is tracking platform mindshare, use of tools, monetisation by platform and revenue models. It also investigates opportunities and challenges in the developer ecosystem. Get all the details after the jump!

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Make your voice heard in the Developer Economics survey

How to add Xperia™ device support for the DUALSHOCK™3 wireless controller in your Android™ game [video]

A wide range of Xperia™ devices support the DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller, bringing a console-like experience to PlayStation® Mobile games. You can also deliver the same functionality to Android™ games.  Read on to learn how to optimise your games for the DUALSHOCK™3 wireless controller for Android games – you’ll also find guidelines and recommendations, along with the key code mappings for the supported devices.

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How to add Xperia™ device support for the DUALSHOCK™3 wireless controller in your Android™ game [video]

Sony Xperia™ Z1 and Xperia™ Z Ultra get ANT+ Capable certification

We’re pleased to inform that Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra have joined the 17 phones in our portfolio that already support the ANT+ wireless technology. With their GPS/ GLONASS capabilities, along with water and dust resistance, it’s only fitting that the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra support the leading wireless transfer protocol for health, fitness and sport use cases. Find out how you can develop a mobile app with ANT+ support, right after the jump!

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Sony Xperia™ Z1 and Xperia™ Z Ultra get ANT+ Capable certification

Xperia™ is now in business with enhancements to the Android™ security solution

To ensure that that we offer the demanded level of security on devices and in data transmission has been a key priority for our software team. Having made Sony Mobile enhancements to the existing Android solution, which is based on a proven Linux™ kernel, we now provide a stable and secure platform for business communications. Read on to find out more!

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Xperia™ is now in business with enhancements to the Android™ security solution

Explaining the software upgrade process and its improvements for Android™ 4.3

Yesterday was a big day for all Android fans, as Google released the source code for Android 4.3. This means that manufacturers now are getting busy preparing software upgrades. From Sony’s side, you can already read about some of our software upgrade plans on the Sony Xperia News room blog. Software upgrades are an important asset for a device, and we are continuously working to improve the process and lead times. Learn more about how the process works, and what improvements you will see going forward in the full post. Read more after the jump!

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Explaining the software upgrade process and its improvements for Android™ 4.3

Support for Xperia™ Tablet Z in our flash tool for unlocked devices

We have now added support for Xperia™ Tablet Z to our flash tool for Xperia™ devices. With this tool, you can flash Sony software on devices with the boot loader unlocked. And now there is software available for Xperia™ Tablet Z (SGP321 and SGP311). Get all the information you need on the flash tool page.

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Support for Xperia™ Tablet Z in our flash tool for unlocked devices
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