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.
Today we’re happy to tell you that we’ve added Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 to our AOSP for Xperia project on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. In addition, Xperia Z has been updated to the latest Android version. At the same time, we’re starting to use a unified kernel for devices based on the Qualcomm® MSM8974 platform, which will make it easier for all you community developers to adapt the kernel to your needs.
Today we’re launching a beta version of Remote Device Lab, which will enable you to easily verify your app on a range of Xperia smartphones and tablets, without having to buy them. Through this free and easy-to-use online service, you can connect to a real Xperia device, and then upload your app on the device for verification.
Today we’re proud to announce the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview) in support of the light-weight SmartEyeglass transparent lens eyewear. The transparent lenses have excellent brightness, allowing information to be superimposed and clearly viewed, in the wearer’s natural field of view. With the launch of the SmartEyeglass SDK (with an emulator included), we hope to give developers an opportunity to start developing apps in the innovative field of in-view augmented reality. This sets the foundation for a varied, exciting ecosystem of experiences to support the product at launch.
Did you know that you can develop apps for many of Sony TVs and home entertainment systems, such as Blu-ray players, home theater systems and media players? Many of Sony’s latest devices come with HTML5 capable browsers, and from 2015, many TVs will support Android TV and be Google Cast-ready. At developer.sony.com, you can get an overview of all the developer opportunities available for Sony TV and home entertainment platforms.
Today we’re adding a set of exciting new features to the Camera Remote API beta, which allows you to develop mobile apps that can control cameras from Sony. The new API features include easy access to transferring images, remote playback and more for the new Lens-style Cameras QX1 and DSC-QX30, as well as for the HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini. In addition, the new A5100 also supports the API.
Do you know that Sony’s has a number of different types of open source projects available on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub? These projects range from our AOSP (Android Open Source Project) for Xperia devices, to open sourced developer tools such as ChkBugReport and research projects such as EvolutionUI. Read more about some of these projects in detail after the jump.
Today the Camera Remote API beta, which lets you develop mobile apps to remotely control Sony cameras, has been updated with new API features for many cameras. The update makes it possible for many Alpha and Cyber-shot cameras to control focus mode, F number and shutter speed. The latest Sony Action Cameras on the other hand, will get access to interval still recording and steady mode. In addition, we’re adding support for the newly announced HDR-AS20, as well as the A7S and RX100 III, as previously mentioned. Get all the details, and learn how to get started on Sony Developer World (external link).
With the recent update to the SmartWatch 2 software, users are able to customise the watch face of SmartWatch 2. Better yet, the latest version of the Sony Add-on SDK gives you, as a developer, access to the Widget API, which allows you to develop clocks and widgets for the SmartWatch 2 watch face. To further inspire your wearables development, check out our interview with Alexander “Azya” Zakharyan who has increased downloads on Google Play by specialising in watch-related SmartWatch 2 apps.