How to create an app extension for Sony SmartWatch 2

With a SmartWatch 2 extension, your users can utilise the features of your app without even picking their smartphone or tablet up from their bag or pocket. At the same time, you can get a lot of extra visibility for your app, since it will be exposed to all users of the SmartWatch 2. So are you ready to develop a new app extension or extend your existing app to support the Sony SmartWatch 2? We’ve put together a quick tutorial that shows you from start to finish, what programs you need, files you should use, and tools you can make use of, and the steps involved in creating your own app extension for Sony SmartWatch 2. Read more after the jump. (Updated 12 Nov, 2013)

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How to create an app extension for Sony SmartWatch 2

Add SmartWatch 2 support to your original SmartWatch extension

Now that the Sony SmartWatch 2 is available, you might be wondering how to make your existing SmartWatch app compatible with the new SmartWatch 2. For app extensions developed for the first SmartWatch that use the Notification API or Control API included in the Smart Extension APIs, some minor updates are needed in order to be optimised for SmartWatch 2. Read on for the important details for adding compatibility to make your app extension usable for both SmartWatches.

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Add SmartWatch 2 support to your original SmartWatch extension

How to create a Sony Xperia™ Z1 camera app using the Camera Add-on API

If you’re both a developer of camera apps and a fan of the recently-announced, camera-centric Sony Xperia Z1, check out this Camera Add-on API tutorial, which will show you how to integrate your camera app with the Xperia™ Z1 using the Camera Add-on API. Read on to discover how to easily take advantage of the Camera Add-on API, and make it easier for your users to quickly launch and utilise your camera app for more frequent use.

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How to create a Sony Xperia™ Z1 camera app using the Camera Add-on API

Discover new ways to grow your apps with the Sony Add-on SDK 2.0

It’s time to take your apps to new heights! Today we’re happy to announce the 2.0 release of the Sony Add-on SDK, where you’ll not only find updates to Smart Extensions APIs to optimise apps for the SmartWatch 2, but you’ll also discover a brand new API that you can use to integrate your own camera applications into the camera app on Sony Xperia™ Z1. Whether you’re looking to enrich your existing app with features to make it more competitive or looking for entirely new avenues of exposure, the Sony Add-on SDK is the place for you to start.

Learn more about what’s new in the latest release of Sony Add-on SDK after the jump.

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Discover new ways to grow your apps with the Sony Add-on SDK 2.0

Get your app promoted by Sony with the Stand out from the crowd programme

Today we kick-off the Stand out from the crowd programme, which is an app search campaign where we’re looking for professional developers with high quality apps that can bring something extra to the Sony experience. As part of the Stand out campaign, we will send out hundreds of devices to selected developers. We will also offer selected developers app promotion in online Sony channels, and at industry tradeshows like CES or Mobile World Congress. Get all the facts in the full post.

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Get your app promoted by Sony with the Stand out from the crowd programme

Use the Motion API to easily develop apps for the new Smart Imaging Stand [SDK+video]

Going with the Xperia Z1, Sony also revealed the new Smart Imaging Stand IPT-DS10M  at IFA in Berlin today. The Smart Imaging Stand pairs with your smartphone through one-touch NFC, and then launches a SmileCatcher app, which automatically follows people’s faces and takes pictures whenever someone smiles. In other words – a perfect party companion! For developers, there is a new experimental Motion API available, which will let you develop innovative new apps for the Smart Imaging Stand. Get all the details in the full post.

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Use the Motion API to easily develop apps for the new Smart Imaging Stand [SDK+video]

App Store Optimisation #5: Write an effective product description

In this fifth App Store Optimisation (ASO) post with our friends at App Promo, the last order of app store business requires that you have an effective product page – ideally, one that provides an accurate description marketed toward your target audience. If your writing talents aren’t on par with your coding skills, let this article show you exactly how to write a product description and make it effective. Read more after the jump.

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App Store Optimisation #5: Write an effective product description

App Store Optimisation #4: Sell your app through screenshots

For our fourth App Store Optimisation (ASO) post with our friends at App Promo, the focus shifts onto screenshots. When you’re trying to sell your app in an app store, don’t forget that users will rely on any screenshots that you make available, more so than the copy describing your app. For this reason, it’s important to consider the visuals as part of your sell-in. You’ll also need to avoid some common mistakes developers make when taking app screenshots. Read on and start making improvements to your screenshots right away.

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App Store Optimisation #4: Sell your app through screenshots

App Store Optimisation #3: The power of an app icon

For our third App Store Optimisation (ASO) post with our friends at App Promo, we take a good look at icons. The image you select as your app icon is the hallmark of your branding – appearing on the app tray of your user’s device, and from the app store where the user decides whether or not to download your app. Read further to learn how take advantage of the impulsive nature of a mobile user’s download behaviour by making your app icon stand out from the crowd.

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App Store Optimisation #3: The power of an app icon

App Store Optimisation #2: What’s in a name? Everything!

In this second App Store Optimisation (ASO) post with our friends at App Promo, we cover the topic of app naming. The name you select for your app is a critical part of your app development, as it represents the branding for your product. Read on to learn how to select a logical app name, and why sometimes choosing a creative, personal name may actually limit your app discovery.

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App Store Optimisation #2: What’s in a name? Everything!
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