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.
With a coming update of the Camera Remote API beta, many of the currently supported camera models will get support for a wider set of API features. This includes the ability to control functions such as shutter speed, white balance and ISO settings. The newly announced A7S interchangeable lens digital camera and RX100 III digital still camera will also be added with about the same number of API features. Click read more to learn about this coming update at Sony Developer World (external link).
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.
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!