Alin Jerpelea from CyanogenMod’s FreeXperia team joins Sony’s Developer Program

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.

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Alin Jerpelea from CyanogenMod’s FreeXperia team joins Sony’s Developer Program

Gamify the UI of the smartphone with the EvolutionUI research project [open source + video]

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.

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Gamify the UI of the smartphone with the EvolutionUI research project [open source + video]

Sony contributes Runtime Resource Overlay framework to Android [code example]

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.

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Sony contributes Runtime Resource Overlay framework to Android [code example]

Xperia™ L added to our AOSP for Xperia project on GitHub [open source]

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!

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Xperia™ L added to our AOSP for Xperia project on GitHub [open source]

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

UPDATED: Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) 4.3 now running on Xperia™ Tablet Z [video]

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.

Update: The AOSP device configuration for Xperia Z and Xperia ZL over at GitHub is now also working for Android 4.3. Read on to get the details!

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UPDATED: Android™ Open Source Project (AOSP) 4.3 now running on Xperia™ Tablet Z [video]

Open SmartWatch Project: Arduino publishes tool chain (alpha)

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!

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Open SmartWatch Project: Arduino publishes tool chain (alpha)

We’re opening up SmartWatch! Create and flash alternative firmware

Openness towards the developer community has been an important driving force for us for a long time. We’ve have, for example, published everything from open sourced binaries and code examples to DASH, and made it possible to unlock many of our smartphones and tablets. We’re now adding an experimental project we call Open SmartWatch to that list, resulting, we hope, in a lot of innovation. It means we’ll make it possible for advanced developers to create and flash alternative firmware to Sony SmartWatch, by sharing technical details and instructions. Find out more in the full post!

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We’re opening up SmartWatch! Create and flash alternative firmware

Support for Xperia™ Tablet Z in our flash tool for unlocked devices

We have now added support for Xperia™ Tablet Z to our flash tool for Xperia™ devices. With this tool, you can flash Sony software on devices with the boot loader unlocked. And now there is software available for Xperia™ Tablet Z (SGP321 and SGP311). Get all the information you need on the flash tool page.

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Support for Xperia™ Tablet Z in our flash tool for unlocked devices
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