Rate and vote on the best games from Ludum Dare 29 – judging ends May 19 [video]

Gamers, get your votes in by Monday, May 19! You’re the judges when it comes to playing and voting on the best games from 2,497 entries developed during Ludum Dare, a worldwide game development event. We’re also excited to see how the submissions from developers attending the Sony Lund gathering will rank. Read on to see the winners from the local Sony competition.

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Rate and vote on the best games from Ludum Dare 29 – judging ends May 19 [video]

Add Active Low Power Mode support to your SmartWatch 2 app [tutorial]

Active Low Power Mode is one of the new features for SmartWatch 2 developers, available in the latest version of the Sony Add-on SDK. In Active Low Power Mode, the content of an app is displayed in greyscale on the SmartWatch 2 display to save battery time, which is good for use cases such as fitness tracking apps that runs throughout an exercise session. Learn how to develop apps using Active Low Power Mode in this tutorial!

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Add Active Low Power Mode support to your SmartWatch 2 app [tutorial]

Use low-power mode in your SmartWatch 2 app with the updated Sony Add-on SDK

Today the Sony Add-on SDK is released in a new version, which contains low-power mode and widget API support for SmartWatch 2. The update also includes new possibilities for Small Apps, including increased possibilities to change the look-and feel of a Small App and more.

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Use low-power mode in your SmartWatch 2 app with the updated Sony Add-on SDK

Sony releases free, open source game development toolset

Game developers, did you know that Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) recently released its powerful Authoring Tools Framework (ATF) for free? ATF has been used by most Sony first party game studios to make custom game developer tools for a long time, and is now available open source under an Apache version 2.0 license.

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Sony releases free, open source game development toolset

Camera Remote API beta now includes more features for DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 Lens-Style Cameras

A couple of weeks back we told you about Sony’s Camera Remote API, and today we’re happy to announce that the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 Lens-Style Cameras are receiving additional support for features like exposure mode, exposure compensation and ISO settings in the latest version of the Camera Remote API beta SDK. More than ten new camera settings have been added, and there’s new and updated iOS  and Android sample code projects. Click Read more to get all the details about the Camera Remote API beta at Sony Developer World (external link).

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Camera Remote API beta now includes more features for DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 Lens-Style Cameras

Introducing the Sony Enterprise SDK 3.0 – could you work with our SDK and become a Sony partner?

We’re happy to introduce the release of the Sony Enterprise SDK 3.0! This Enterprise SDK contains new features and relevant information required by Sony partners. It’s currently only available to selected Mobile Device Management (MDM) partners, who typically provide solutions for policy enforcement. We’re keen to provide the best MDM solutions and now we’re on the look-out for more potential partners. Could you be one of those? Read on to find out more.

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Introducing the Sony Enterprise SDK 3.0 – could you work with our SDK and become a Sony partner?

Develop remote control apps for Sony cameras

Did you know that you can control a Sony camera wirelessly from an app on another device? Sony’s Camera Remote API beta SDK includes all the tools that you need to create innovative remote control apps for many Sony cameras, including Sony action cameras, interchangeable lens cameras and lens style cameras. Why not create the remote viewfinder app to get professional looking group shots, even though you’re not behind the camera yourself?

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Develop remote control apps for Sony cameras

Sign up for the Ludum Dare hackathon at Sony in Sweden

Will you be in or close to southern Sweden by late April? Why not come and develop games at the Sony office on the weekend of Ludum Dare. Since 2002, Ludum Dare (Latin for “to give a game”) has been a game development competition where participants develop games from scratch in a single weekend, either online or at a hosted location. And this time you can meet and collaborate with other developers by joining the on-site hackathon at the Sony office in Lund, Sweden. Follow the instructions in the post to sign up.

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Sign up for the Ludum Dare hackathon at Sony in Sweden

Lower the power consumption in Xperia devices with the new sensor co-processor [video + code example]

Several of the latest Xperia devices, including Xperia Z2, feature a self-contained sensor co-processor. This sensor co-processor makes it possible to continuously collect data in the background, without using the main application processor. This will enable up to ten times lower power consumption when using always-on features in sensors, compared to a system without a sensor co-processor. Learn how to use this in your app!

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Lower the power consumption in Xperia devices with the new sensor co-processor [video + code example]

Developers – join us in Tokyo for the Android Bazaar and Conference 2014

Japan is a big market for Android devices, especially for Sony, since we are the number one Android vendor in Japan, and second largest overall. So it’s only fitting that we ramp up our developer support for these homegrown products, starting with the upcoming Android Bazaar and Conference (ABC) 2014, and later, the Tokyo gamelab Conference. ABC 2014, the country’s largest gathering of Android users and developers, takes place on the 21st of March at the Akihabara Crossfield in Tokyo.

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Developers – join us in Tokyo for the Android Bazaar and Conference 2014
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