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

Develop Small Apps & IR remote sensor-related apps with the new Sony Add-on SDK

The new Xperia Tablet Z and its smartphone equivalent, Xperia Z, are the latest Sony products that include Small Apps and IR remote sensor functionality. If you’re ready to start developing your own Small Apps or your own IR remote sensor-enabled apps, you’ll want to do so using the new Sony Add-on SDK. Read on for a quick look at how you can get your development started right away!

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Develop Small Apps & IR remote sensor-related apps with the new Sony Add-on SDK

New unified SDK from Sony includes several innovative APIs

Today we are happy to announce our new Sony Add-on SDK, which unifies some of our most innovative APIs for Sony Xperia™ smartphones, tablets and Smart Accessories. With the Sony Add-on SDK, you can develop apps for SmartWatch and Smart Wireless Headset pro, or you can develop Small Apps and IR remote sensor enabled apps. You can also develop apps for the infinite button in the “WALKMAN” music player, which is available on most Sony Xperia™ devices. All of these options are available in one package to improve the overall ease of use and developer experience! Learn more about how you can get more visibility for your app after the jump.

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New unified SDK from Sony includes several innovative APIs

Develop innovative, IR remote sensor-related apps for Xperia™ ZL

The newly-announced Xperia ZL is the first smartphone from Sony with an IR (infrared) remote control. With it, you can use your smartphone to control entertainment devices that use IR, including the TV, DVD player, satellite box, and more! And if this triggers any innovative use case ideas for you as a developer, you can actually create IR remote sensor-enabled apps by using the Sony Tablet SDK Add-on! Because this feature is so new, the potential use-cases are only limited to your imagination. Read further to learn more about the IR remote sensor functionality.

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Develop innovative, IR remote sensor-related apps for Xperia™ ZL

Develop smart & handy Small Apps for Xperia™ Z

Many of the regular Developer World readers surely know of the Small Apps functionality for Sony tablets, but did you know that the newly announced Xperia Z also includes Small App functionality? Small Apps are like super-widgets that run on top of other applications and can add smart solutions for daily routines requiring multi-tasking. And if you’re a developer, you can start creating Small Apps for Xperia™ Z today! If you’ve already created Small Apps for Sony tablets, those extensions will also work on all Small Apps-supported smartphones, including Xperia™ Z and Xperia™ ZL. Read more after the jump.

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Develop smart & handy Small Apps for Xperia™ Z

Small App developer for “Mini camera” awarded with a free Xperia™ Tablet S

A few weeks ago, we challenged all you developers out there to create an app that makes use of the Small Apps multi-tasking functionality in the Xperia™ Tablet S. We received a lot of interesting submissions that deserve mention, such as Muhammad Hakim A’s Al Mishbah Small App and Victor Kropp’s Board Game Dice Roller Small App. But one Small App stood out above the rest – tebaokoshi’s Mini camera . This simple, yet elegant Small App uses the tablet’s camera functionality, and has some handy options. We reached out to tebaokoshi to share the good news, and to learn more about how the Mini camera Small App was developed. Read more after the jump.

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Small App developer for “Mini camera” awarded with a free Xperia™ Tablet S

Download the Sony add-on SDK Add from Developer World [SDK]

Now we’ve gathered all Xperia™  developer tools at Developer World, as we now make the free Sony add-on SDK available for download from this site. The Sony add-on SDK enables you to easily develop apps that make use of the special features included in Sony tablets. For instance, you can develop Small Apps, which are miniature apps that run on top of other applications in the Sony Xperia Tablet S. You can also develop apps that make use of the IR remote sensor  features in the Sony Xperia Tablet S, such as a TV remote app that switch the channels on TV, based on specific genres (sitcoms) or interests (sports). Head over to the Sony Add-on SDK section to learn more and get code examples, emulators and documentation. Happy coding!

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Download the Sony add-on SDK Add from Developer World [SDK]

Five questions to Small App-developer Paco Salazar

If you’re thinking about extending your app with support for a Small App, here’s some inspiration for you. A Small App is an app that can run on top of other activities on the Xperia Tablet S. But how is it like to develop a Small App? I talked to Paco Salazar, who developed the Task Changer Small App, to learn more about how he used the Small App feature in the Sony Add-on SDK. Get the full story after the jump.

And don’t forget that you can get a free Xperia Tablet S by telling us about your Small App!

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Five questions to Small App-developer Paco Salazar

Add Small App support to your existing app

On Developer World, we recently made available the Sony Add-on SDK, which lets you support our Small App feature on the new Xperia Tablet S. If you want to enable your existing app to also function as a Small App, you simply have to add some simple code to your app. From a developer’s perspective, adding Small App support is very similar to how you add widget support. And by extending your app with a Small App, you can gain visibility for your app along with the added functionality. Read on for instructions!

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Add Small App support to your existing app

Chance for a free Xperia™ Tablet S if you add Small App support

*** UPDATE: This campaign has now ended. ***

App developer? Today we’re kicking off a campaign in search of great Small Apps, and in return we will hand out an Xperia™ Tablet S for free to the developer of the app we like the most. Small Apps is a new multi-tasking functionality available on the new Xperia Tablet S, and a Small App can run on top of any other activity or be minimised to the edge for quick access.  This enables true multi-tasking! And by using the Sony Add-on SDK and the Small Apps code example and documentation, you can easily extend your app to include the Small App functionality, which will help you gain visibility for your app. Read on for the details on how to get the chance to receive a free Xperia™ Tablet S!

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Chance for a free Xperia™ Tablet S if you add Small App support
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