Today, we release a beta version of our new flash tool for Xperia devices, which enables you to put on standard Sony software* on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone which has the boot loader unlocked. This functionality has often been requested by the open Android™ community, and now we’re glad to support it. Please note that the phone still stays unlocked, and that the warranty may still be voided. As this is a beta version, only a limited number of phone models are supported to begin with. Read on for instructions and more information, and to find out how provide us feedback – we are really eager to hear what you think!
Today, we’ve just announced Xperia E, a new addition to the Xperia™ smartphone range. This affordable smartphone comes with HD voice, data usage monitoring, and battery management. It also comes in a dual SIM version called Xperia™ E dual. Both these versions are powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, have a 3.5” HVGA screen, and will be available from Q1 2013. Also, Xperia™ E launches with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), while Xperia™ E dual launches initially on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) but will be upgraded to Android 4.1. Read more about the features of Xperia E and Xperia™ E dual after the jump.
If you have a new and innovative app, service or game designed for multiple screens, or if you have a unique idea for such a use case, then the new Sony-sponsored Multi-Screen UX Competition might be something for you. If your user experience (UX) is designed for a smartphone, tablet, TV, PC, or SmartWatch – or any combination of these devices, you might get promoted in Sony stores or highlighted as a showcase listing on the sponsor websites. Read more about the competition and what you can win after the jump.
Facebook just made an interesting blog post about how the Ringmark mobile browser test suite is being adapted by the mobile industry. Among others, it’s highlighted that the latest Sony Xperia™ smartphones (Xperia™ T) include improvements to the Android™ browser based on priorities set in Ringmark. It’s a good read if you want to know more about the progress of Ringmark. Check the full post on the Facebook HTML5 blog.
For some time now, Jean-Baptiste Quéru (JBQ), technical lead of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) at Google, have been working to get the AOSP running on Xperia™ S. Today, we are moving the AOSP on Xperia S project from the main branch of the AOSP to a Sony git on GitHub. This is because while JBQ considers the Xperia™ S AOSP experiment a success, from Jelly Bean MR1 Xperia™ S will not be kept as a target device on the main AOSP branch. However, as we can see a great interest from the community we will continue the work on a Sony git and keep it open for external partners and developers to contribute. Read on as Björn Andersson and Johan Redestig, software engineers at Sony, explain more!
We’re excited to announce a new promotion channel for game developers called Xperia exclusive, which will be visible on the majority of all Xperia™ smartphones and tablets. This channel will promote games and game developers who are willing to go the extra mile and create unique in-game content exclusive to Xperia™ smartphones. It could for example be special Xperia™-car, or the option to play as a new character. These games will also include a link from the main menu of the Xperia™ exclusive list (for the best discoverability of new games), and they will be fully optimised for Xperia™ smartphones. Are you a game developer who wants to be part of this? Learn more after the jump.
On Developer World, we recently made available the Sony Add-on SDK, which lets you support our Small App feature on the new Xperia Tablet S. If you want to enable your existing app to also function as a Small App, you simply have to add some simple code to your app. From a developer’s perspective, adding Small App support is very similar to how you add widget support. And by extending your app with a Small App, you can gain visibility for your app along with the added functionality. Read on for instructions!
*** UPDATE: This campaign has now ended. ***
App developer? Today we’re kicking off a campaign in search of great Small Apps, and in return we will hand out an Xperia™ Tablet S for free to the developer of the app we like the most. Small Apps is a new multi-tasking functionality available on the new Xperia Tablet S, and a Small App can run on top of any other activity or be minimised to the edge for quick access. This enables true multi-tasking! And by using the Sony Add-on SDK and the Small Apps code example and documentation, you can easily extend your app to include the Small App functionality, which will help you gain visibility for your app. Read on for the details on how to get the chance to receive a free Xperia™ Tablet S!
If you’re gearing up to attend Droidcon UK next week, don’t miss the opportunity to attend Erik Hellman’s session Fast, user friendly, and effective network communication on Android on Day 2. Erik, a research engineer here at Sony and a regular speaker at Droidcon events, sat down with the DroidCon organisers to discuss his Droidcon experiences, Android development, and how developers can make their applications better. Read the Erik Hellman interview on Droidcon News for the inside scoop.
If you’re hungry for some meaty developer sessions, then you might want to check out the Big Android BBQ. This preeminent mobile technology conference for Android developers and enthusiasts takes place in Hurst, Texas, USA, from October 19-21. We will be there running a number of interesting and useful speaker sessions, such as a session on how to work with a dynamic sensor HAL. You will also be able to visit our booth to check out our latest products, an opportunity to talk with some of our engineering experts, and maybe pitch us an app idea for a SmartWatch app extension. Learn more about the event and all the Sony activities after the jump.