Last week it was announced that we have joined the W3C Core Mobile Web Platform Community Group (coremob), that was announced by Facebook at Mobile Word Congress (MWC). This group will work to accelerate the development of standards for mobile web technologies. We are excited to be part of this, as we believe web apps will be increasingly important in the future, as more and more people are starting to access the web directly from their mobile devices. Read on to get the full details about Facebook’s work to improve mobile browser standards and how we’re supporting these efforts!
Today we release an Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) beta ROM, as a follow up to the previously released ICS alpha ROM. In line with our goal to support the open developer community, we want to give you the chance to try out our coming upgrade to ICS (Android™ 4.0) in this beta version.
While the ICS alpha ROM was an early preview, the ICS beta ROM have passed some certifications such as Modem type approval, and important functions like FM radio and GSM are turned on. However, additional certification and approval is needed before an official upgrade can be released. As previously communicated, we will upgrade all 2011 Xperia™ smartphones running on Android to ICS. Read more to find out what’s included in the beta ROM, and what other limitations apply.
Are you a developer bound for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week? If that’s the case, then make sure you stop by the Sony (Hall 6 – 6E01) booth and the Google (Hall 8 – 8C25) booth. At the Sony booth, you’ll be able to interface with business managers, developers and marketing managers. At the Google booth, you’ll be able to meet with the Developer World team and discuss partnerships, technical issues or our latest developer activities. At both locations, you can view demos, get hands-on with the latest in Sony technology, and see connected screens in action.
At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona later this month we at the Developer Program will host an exclusive VIP partner and developer event at the Sony booth on the 27th of February. This is a closed event with limited seats. However, we’ve kept 10 spots open for community developers following our developer blog and here’s your chance to try to grab one of those spots. Read more after the jump for instructions on how to apply.
Continuing our open innovation initiative, we are now making the sensor HAL for the 2011 Xperia™ phones available as open source. So if you’re an advanced developer, you will now be able to access and configure the sensors of a 2011 Xperia™ phone on a deeper level. For example, you will be allowed to optimise the way the compass is used in a custom ROM.
In the good feedback we received on our previous open initiatives, we have seen a lot of requests for us to open source these files. And now, we’re happy to provide that opportunity. This is not part of open source archives that we are required to publish, it simply something we want to do for the community.
Read more after the jump!
Are you having problems getting under the current 50 MB upload limit imposed by Android Market™? Don’t let it be a roadblock in preparing your Android™ app for market. Instead, use these excellent tips for reducing the file size of your APK. David Karlsson, a software architect at Sony Ericsson, will get you all the details. Read more after the jump.
Are you having problems getting under the current 50 MB upload limit imposed by Google Play? Don’t let it be a roadblock in preparing your Android™ app for market. Instead, use these excellent tips for reducing the file size of your APK. David Karlsson, a software architect at Sony Mobile, will get you all the details. Read more after the jump.
As part of our continuing efforts towards openness and knowledge sharing, we are now stepping up our open source activities. For a long time, we have been one of the major contributors to the Android Open Source Project. We’ve also been active in the open developer community where we most notably published an ICS alpha release a couple of months ago. And now, we’re excited to release a couple of new open source projects that are available on our GitHub. As you can see below, we have just now released two very interesting projects as open source: the analysis tool ChkBugReport, and our WebGL implementation for Android™ 4.0.
This way, we would like to continue to be transparent, share our knowledge, and get external developer contributions to make the tools even better. On our GitHub, you can also find our Web SDK project we published a while back, and a project called DrmLicenseService, which we will tell more about soon. Stay tuned for more information about open source projects going forward!
In November, we announced that we were the first phone manufacturer in the world to support WebGL in the native Android web browser on Xperia™ phones. As a next step, we are now very excited to release our WebGL implementation for our coming Xperia™ phones running Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above as open source. Read more after the jump, as Anders Edenbrandt, Senior Software Architect, explains more!
When we announced the Xperia™ S the other day (and the Xperia™ ion on the US market), it also meant we added new devices to the family of Xperia™ phones supporting ANT+. ANT+ is a wireless personal network protocol mainly designed for gathering and transfer of sensor data, and it has become especially popular within the sports and health industry. Yesterday Dynastream (the company behind ANT+) announced an ANT+ emulator for Android™, which means it is now possible to develop ANT+ apps using just the Android™ device emulator, and an ANT USB stick plugged into a PC. Find out more after the jump!