Explaining the software upgrade process and its improvements for Android™ 4.3

Yesterday was a big day for all Android fans, as Google released the source code for Android 4.3. This means that manufacturers now are getting busy preparing software upgrades. From Sony’s side, you can already read about some of our software upgrade plans on the Sony Xperia News room blog. Software upgrades are an important asset for a device, and we are continuously working to improve the process and lead times. Learn more about how the process works, and what improvements you will see going forward in the full post. Read more after the jump!

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Explaining the software upgrade process and its improvements for Android™ 4.3

Join our Google+ Developer Circle

Are you a Google+ user? Do you want to stay up to date with the latest developer and tech news, tips and updates from the world of Sony & Android? We’ve created a dedicated Developer Circle to share exclusive content, host Q&A sessions and offer help and advice to the +SonyXperia Google+ fans. Once you’ve joined the circle, the Developer World team will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have. Read more about how to join the circle after the jump.

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Join our Google+ Developer Circle

Sony takes lead on AOSP on Xperia™ S project [video]

For some time now, Jean-Baptiste Quéru (JBQ), technical lead of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) at Google, have been working to get the AOSP running on Xperia™ S. Today, we are moving the AOSP on Xperia S project from the main branch of the AOSP to a Sony git on GitHub. This is because while JBQ considers the Xperia™ S AOSP experiment a success, from Jelly Bean MR1 Xperia™ S will not be kept as a target device on the main AOSP branch. However, as we can see a great interest from the community we will continue the work on a Sony git and keep it open for external partners and developers to contribute. Read on as Björn Andersson and Johan Redestig, software engineers at Sony, explain more!

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Sony takes lead on AOSP on Xperia™ S project [video]

Sony release binaries to support JBQ’s Vanilla Android Xperia™ S project [download]

As many of you already know, Jean-Baptiste Queru, aka JBQ, Technical Lead for the Android™ Open-Source Project (AOSP) at Google, recently started an open source project to build a vanilla Android version for Xperia S (LT26i). From Sony side, we welcome the project and support it with resources and contributions. We always try to promote and support external innovation and the openness that Android brings. We have now published binaries required for the LT26i project to progress. In addition, we want to encourage the open Android community to participate. Read on for download links and more information!

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Sony release binaries to support JBQ’s Vanilla Android Xperia™ S project [download]

New software upgrade for Xperia™ 2011 smartphones announced

We’ve just announced a major software upgrade for 2011 Xperia™ smartphones. The Xperia™ software upgrade provides users with:

  • The latest version of Android software (Gingerbread) including Google Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras.
  • Updated Facebook inside Xperia™ which allows users to like, share, and discover on Facebook faster and easier; users also have the ability to share games, apps and songs directly to Facebook™.
  • Enhanced camera capabilities from Sony, including 3D sweep panorama
  • Connectivity to USB peripherals (mouse, keypad, or game controller) through the Sony Ericsson LiveDock™ multimedia station.
  • Swipe to write which allows for text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next.
  • Screen capture from anywhere on the phone.

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New software upgrade for Xperia™ 2011 smartphones announced

Search functionality improvements on Developer World

As you might have noticed, the search functionality here on Developer World has been improved. Besides being faster, it returns much more relevant results. Gone are the days with broken search results and results limited to our Articles and Downloads sections. You can now find everything from all sections of Developer World, including News, Blogs, Tutorials and Downloads sections. You can easily find drivers for many Sony Ericsson phones. You can even search inside documents from our vast archive of user guides and white papers, available mainly in PDF format. Happy hunting!

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and if you find any issues on the Developer World site, or if you have any suggestions or recommendations on improvements, please let us know by using the Comments link at the end of this post.

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Search functionality improvements on Developer World

Sell and buy Android™ apps on more markets

In case you have not seen it, Google™ yesterday announced that developers will soon be able to sell apps on Android Market in 18 new countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan. There will then be 32 countries in total where you can sell and buy applications in Android Market.

Google also announced that developers from 20 new countries will be able to submit applications for sale on Android Market. This makes it possible for developers from 29 countries in total to sell paid apps. The new countries are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

More info can be found on the Android developers blog.

This is really good news and we are looking forward to see expansion into more markets.

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Sony Ericsson at Google Developer Day in Tokyo

Abbas Sumar

Tomorrow, the Google Developer Day will take place in Tokyo. It’s a one-day event where you have the opportunity to learn more about Google developer products and meet the engineers who work on them. The event deals with mobile and web technologies including Android, HTML5, Chrome, App Engine, Google Web Toolkit and more. I got a chance to have a chat with Abbas Sumar, Application partner manager from Sony Ericsson who will attend the event. Abbas Sumar is looking forward to an exciting day with the latest trends and developments within Android applications!

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