Earlier this week, Sony and Telefónica announced in a joint press release that we are evaluating the Firefox operating system for mobile phones. To show you our current progress, we now also provide an experimental version of the Firefox OS software for Xperia™ E, so that advanced developers can try it out and so that we can get valuable community feedback. In this article, we give you the background of Firefox OS, instructions how to flash Firefox OS on Xperia™ E, as well as an introduction to how to start developing applications for Firefox OS.
What is actually an app worth – and what triggers someone to develop an app? Are we today focusing too much on the monetisation of apps? Troed Sångberg, an engineer and researcher at Sony Mobile’s Technology office, adds his personal reflections on this topic in this blog post. Read on for the full post.
Yesterday the winners of Ericsson Application Awards 2012 were announced. In the company category the winning team was MedAfrica from Nairobi, Kenya, with an app that will help improve health care in rural areas. In the student category, Clio Squad from Shanghai, China, won first prize with their app, which is a collaborative painting tool that can be used by several people working on the same drawing. Read more after the jump!
On May 22nd, our friends at Ericsson will announce the winners of the Ericsson Application Awards 2012 at a prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Among the finalists are innovative apps within health care and social interaction. You’ll be able to follow the ceremony in a live webcast. Karl-Johan Dahlström, head of Developer Relations at Sony Mobile, will be one of the judges. Read more about Ericsson Application Awards after the jump!
***Update: The campaign has formally ended but you can still pitch your idea and get a SmartWatch for free. See below for more information.***
Do you have a brilliant app idea for the Sony SmartWatch? If so, your innovation could earn you a SmartWatch of your own. That’s right, we’re giving qualified developers their very own SmartWatch, Sony’s micro display for Android smartphones, which gives users wireless and discreet access to calls, message and apps. And if you upload your app to Google Play before June 26, you will have the chance to be promoted in Sony’s online marketing channels.
Get all the details after the jump!
Ready to take your Android™ development one step further? Do you want your app to get visible to thousands of Sony Ericsson phones? Haven’t checked out the Timescape™ developer section yet? If so, then follow along with Sony Ericsson Software Engineer, Robert Helmbro, as he’s provided this step-by-step tutorial for developing your own Timescape™ extension.
Read more after the jump.
Google recently announced multiple APK support on Google Play, which allows you to upload multiple versions of an APK for a single product listing, instead of having to upload a single APK file for every version of your product. We got the lowdown from Anupam Nath, a Developer Support Engineer at Sony Mobile, who explains in more detail about how this new feature can help solve some of your issues when publishing your app on Google Play. See more after the jump.
Google recently announced multiple APK support in Android Market™, which allows you to upload multiple versions of an APK for a single product listing, instead of having to upload a single APK file for every version of your product. We got the lowdown from Anupam Nath, a Developer Support Engineer at Sony Ericsson, who explains in more detail about how this new feature can help solve some of your issues when publishing your app on Android Market™. See more after the jump.
Developers, are you up for a challenge? We’re proud to team up with Ericsson to co-sponsor this year’s Ericsson Application Awards (EAA), and we’re very excited to announce the first mini-challenge for EAA 2012, which starts September 14. By taking part in the EAA competitions, developers have a unique opportunity to gain exposure within the telecommunications world, as well as a chance to reach out to customers through Ericsson’s marketing channels, PLUS the opportunity to win Sony Ericsson phones and €15,000 in prize money.
Recently Sony Ericsson rolled out an update to the Android™ 2.1 operating system in its Xperia™ X10 phones. One of the important new features in the update is support for a multi-touch gesture called pinch-to-zoom. The first part of this two-part tutorial showed how to take advantage of the pinch-to-zoom feature in your apps. In this second part of the tutorial, you’ll examine a code example that uses the pinch-to-zoom feature.