Humberto Borba selected as hero open source developer for May-June 2015

Developer World team has selected the next hero open source developer who has made the most accepted commits to our projects on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. During the months of May and June, Brazilian developer Humberto Borba contributed the most to our projects. Read on for more details about Humberto, and learn how you could become the next hero open source developer.

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Humberto Borba selected as hero open source developer for May-June 2015

Hero Open Source developers selected for March-April 2015

The Developer World team is happy to announce the next set of hero open source developers who have made the most accepted commits to our projects on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. During the months of March and April, David Viteri of Italy contributed the most to our projects, followed by Marin Spajić from Croatia. Read more about these hero open source developers and how you could become one of them, after the jump.

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Hero Open Source developers selected for March-April 2015

How to overcome mainline kernel obstacles (Sony presentation at Embedded Linux Conference)

At last month’s Embedded Linux Conference, a technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products in San Jose, California, Tim Bird from Sony presented a topic on mainline integration of the Linux kernel. Get a recap of this session, download the presentation, and find out how this relates to our open source activities.

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How to overcome mainline kernel obstacles (Sony presentation at Embedded Linux Conference)

Could you be our next hero open source developer?

As we have previously mentioned, functionalities like Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, audio, and full device encryption can now be built from open source code for devices supported in our AOSP for Xperia project. This is thanks to the efforts from you open source community developers. You are all heroes to us, and to acknowledge your work, we want to salute those of you who contribute most to our AOSP projects.

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Could you be our next hero open source developer?

Easy MPEG-DASH streaming with Multimedia for Android Library [open source]

Today we are happy to tell you that our Multimedia for Android Library is released as an open source project on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. With the Multimedia for Android Library you can stream MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) content in an easy and familiar way. In this article Jimmy Dahlqvist and Martin Danielsson, Software engineers at Sony, tell you how to use this library in your app.

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Easy MPEG-DASH streaming with Multimedia for Android Library [open source]

How to unlock the boot loader of an Xperia device [video]

By unlocking the boot loader of your Xperia device, it becomes possible put a custom ROM on it. Even though we don’t recommend this to standard users, as it is not needed, we know that many of you would like to get more details on how to unlock a device. To explain this further, we have now created this step-by-step tutorial video.

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How to unlock the boot loader of an Xperia device [video]

Build instructions for AOSP KitKat now available

You can now find instructions on how to use device configurations from Sony to build AOSP KitKat and flash it on an unlocked Xperia device, in a new guide we’ve created. This guide includes a step-by-step instruction that takes you from preparations of your environment, to what tools you should download and install, and then how to configure the code. At last, we’ll explain how to build an AOSP image and flash it to your device.  Please note that you should be familiar with Android development to use the instructions, and that the software created is not intended for daily usage and there are important limitations. Head over to the How to build AOSP KitKat and flash it on an unlocked Xperia device guide to get started!

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Build instructions for AOSP KitKat now available

New open source tool for building kernels

Now you can pack Linux kernels for devices based on Qualcomm® platforms using a dedicated open source tool from Sony: the mkqcdtbootimg tool. The mkqcdtbootimg tool, which is available on GitHub, adds support for including one or more device tree blobs when rebuilding kernels. To reflect this, our recent tutorial How to rebuild kernels for flagship Xperia devices has been updated to make use of the new tool.

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New open source tool for building kernels

How to rebuild kernels for flagship Xperia devices [tutorial]

Updated. Being the innermost part of the operating system, the kernel might be rebuilt by advanced developers to enable access to particular features and make modifications to the device. This tutorial will guide you through the process of how to rebuild a Linux kernel and flash it to the latest generation of Sony Xperia devices.

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How to rebuild kernels for flagship Xperia devices [tutorial]
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