Ericsson Application Awards 2012 winners to be announced May 22nd

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!

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Ericsson Application Awards 2012 winners to be announced May 22nd

ICS beta ROM now available for unlocked Xperia™ PLAY smartphones [download]

Upon request we’re today releasing an Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) beta for Xperia™ PLAY, and we’re really interested in getting your feedback on this beta release. As games are such a crucial part of Xperia™ PLAY, we would like to know how well this ICS beta for Xperia™ PLAY works when you’re playing games. Read on for download links and installation instructions!

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ICS beta ROM now available for unlocked Xperia™ PLAY smartphones [download]

Xperia™ S open source archive released with building instructions

Are you a custom ROM developer? If so, you’ve probably checked out our Sony Xperia™ open source archives before. Last year we told you how to build a Linux kernel. Today we’re releasing the open source archive for the Xperia™ S, which contains files you can use when building a kernel. This is the first time we publish source code for a product built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 platform, and to flash this software, you need do some additional steps and run a script that we also release today. Read more after the jump!

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Xperia™ S open source archive released with building instructions

Stand out developers promoted at GDC 2012 [video]

GDC (Game Developers Conference) is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event and takes place this week, from the 7th to 9th of March in San Francisco, California. If you’re planning to attend the event, be sure to stop by our GDC booth (2320) and see our video featuring a new line-up of fully-optimised Xperia™ games from our Stand out developers . Read on to learn more about these games, our Stand out partners, and the benefits of the Stand out from the crowd marketing campaign.

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Stand out developers promoted at GDC 2012 [video]

FM radio module released as open source and sensor HAL updated

To continue our open innovation initiative, we now publish our FM radio module for 2011 Xperia™ phones as open source. This means that it’s much easier to configure custom ROMs to use the FM chip and FM radio app on our platforms, if you are a custom ROM developer. We also have updated the previously released sensor HAL, by adding aid to configure the magnetometer sensor. Read on for more information!

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FM radio module released as open source and sensor HAL updated

Sony joins W3C Core Mobile Web Platform Community Group announced by Facebook

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!

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Sony joins W3C Core Mobile Web Platform Community Group announced by Facebook

Android™ Ice Cream Sandwich beta ROM available for unlocked 2011 Xperia™ smartphone models

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.

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Android™ Ice Cream Sandwich beta ROM available for unlocked 2011 Xperia™ smartphone models

Get to know the Developer World team at Mobile World Congress

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.

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Get to know the Developer World team at Mobile World Congress

Interested in coming to our VIP partner and developer event at MWC?

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.

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Interested in coming to our VIP partner and developer event at MWC?

Sensor HAL for Xperia™ phones available as open source

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.

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Sensor HAL for Xperia™ phones available as open source
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