The Sony Developer Program is excited to be part of this year’s xda:devcon in Manchester, UK, from the 26th to 28th of September. xda:devcon, run by XDA Developers, is all about taking this mobile developer collaborative forum for enthusiasts, hackers and developers from a virtual setting to a live experience.
Openness is important to Sony, and as a next step of our work in this area, we will now make Sony kernel copyleft sources for flagship devices available on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. This is a long sought step for all of you open source developers who’ve been waiting for this to happen. We heard you, and now it’s done! More sources for other devices will be added over time.
Today we are happy to introduce our newest member of the team behind Sony’s Developer Program – Alin Jerpelea. Alin is well known in the open Android community for his work to bring the CyanogenMod custom firmware to Xperia devices, and he joins Sony to strengthen our work in the open source area, where we have an ambition to step up our work with the community.
Today we are opening up an internal research project called EvolutionUI, which is an experimental gamified UI for the smartphone, where the UI gets more advanced as you learn how to use it. In this article, Software Developer Pál Szász tells you all about it, and how to access it.
Just recently, a new framework called Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) was contributed by Sony to the Android code base. This framework provides the ability to replace application resources while the application is running, we currently use RRO for device customisation and to support Xperia Themes. In this article, Mårten Kongstad, Lead Developer of Runtime Resource Overlay, explains this new framework in detail.
Today we’ve added Xperia L to our growing Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) for Xperia devices, letting you build and flash Android 4.4 (KitKat) on your unlocked Xperia L. This is the first time we’ve added support for a device with the 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 dual-core chip. Read more about the project and how to participate after the jump!
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!
Just a couple of hours ago, Google released the source code for Android 4.3. And as you can see in the video above, we already have it running on Xperia Tablet Z, even though important functionality is not supported. And as a developer, you can build and flash it yourself as it is available on GitHub.
Last week we told you about the Open SmartWatch Project, and during the weekend Arduino and Sony arranged a workshop with the aim to come up with a proof of concept for how SmartWatch could be setup to work in an Arduino environment. The Arduino folks have since then continued to work hard, and they have now published a GitHub project that includes an alpha version of a complete tool chain, including the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment). This will allow developers to innovate with SmartWatch on top of Arduino’s toolchain. Learn more in the full post!