Wearables developer Alexander “Azya” Zakharyan shares his secrets to SmartWatch 2 success

With the recent update to the SmartWatch 2 software, users are able to customise the watch face of SmartWatch 2. Better yet, the latest version of the Sony Add-on SDK gives you, as a developer, access to the Widget API, which allows you to develop clocks and widgets for the SmartWatch 2 watch face. To further inspire your wearables development, check out our interview with Alexander “Azya” Zakharyan who has increased downloads on Google Play by specialising in watch-related SmartWatch 2 apps.

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Wearables developer Alexander “Azya” Zakharyan shares his secrets to SmartWatch 2 success

Add Active Low Power Mode support to your SmartWatch 2 app [tutorial]

Active Low Power Mode is one of the new features for SmartWatch 2 developers, available in the latest version of the Sony Add-on SDK. In Active Low Power Mode, the content of an app is displayed in greyscale on the SmartWatch 2 display to save battery time, which is good for use cases such as fitness tracking apps that runs throughout an exercise session. Learn how to develop apps using Active Low Power Mode in this tutorial!

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Add Active Low Power Mode support to your SmartWatch 2 app [tutorial]

Use low-power mode in your SmartWatch 2 app with the updated Sony Add-on SDK

Today the Sony Add-on SDK is released in a new version, which contains low-power mode and widget API support for SmartWatch 2. The update also includes new possibilities for Small Apps, including increased possibilities to change the look-and feel of a Small App and more.

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Use low-power mode in your SmartWatch 2 app with the updated Sony Add-on SDK

Use both the Control & Notification APIs for customised UIs in your SmartWatch 2 extension [code]

A few of you SmartWatch developers out there have recently asked us if it’s possible to use both the Control API and Notification API together in a single extension. The good news is – yes, you can use both of these Smart Extension APIs in a single SmartWatch extension, for any device that supports the Smart Extension APIs with both control and notification, including the SmartWatch 2. Read on to get the full details from Marlin Liew, Developer Technical Services Engineer at Sony, who provides a code example showing how to use both of these APIs in a single project.

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Use both the Control & Notification APIs for customised UIs in your SmartWatch 2 extension [code]

Sony Add-on SDK updated – adds support for Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH50 and Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52

An update for the Sony Add-on SDK is now available and includes official support for Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH50 and Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52. This means you’ll be able to create app extensions for these Smart accessories, as well as emulate the devices for your own app extension testing. Read on to learn more about what’s been updated in this release.

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Sony Add-on SDK updated – adds support for Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH50 and Smart Bluetooth® Handset SBH52

How to create an app extension for Sony SmartWatch 2

With a SmartWatch 2 extension, your users can utilise the features of your app without even picking their smartphone or tablet up from their bag or pocket. At the same time, you can get a lot of extra visibility for your app, since it will be exposed to all users of the SmartWatch 2. So are you ready to develop a new app extension or extend your existing app to support the Sony SmartWatch 2? We’ve put together a quick tutorial that shows you from start to finish, what programs you need, files you should use, and tools you can make use of, and the steps involved in creating your own app extension for Sony SmartWatch 2. Read more after the jump. (Updated 12 Nov, 2013)

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How to create an app extension for Sony SmartWatch 2

How to create an app extension for Sony SmartWatch 2

With a SmartWatch 2 extension, your users can utilise the features of your app without even picking their smartphone or tablet up from their bag or pocket. At the same time, you can get a lot of extra visibility for your app, since it will be exposed to all users of the SmartWatch 2. So are you ready to develop a new app extension or extend your existing app to support the Sony SmartWatch 2? We’ve put together a quick tutorial that shows you from start to finish, what programs you need, files you should use, and tools you can make use of, and the steps involved in creating your own app extension for Sony SmartWatch 2. Read more after the jump. (Updated 12 Nov, 2013)

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How to create an app extension for Sony SmartWatch 2

Add SmartWatch 2 support to your original SmartWatch extension

Now that the Sony SmartWatch 2 is available, you might be wondering how to make your existing SmartWatch app compatible with the new SmartWatch 2. For app extensions developed for the first SmartWatch that use the Notification API or Control API included in the Smart Extension APIs, some minor updates are needed in order to be optimised for SmartWatch 2. Read on for the important details for adding compatibility to make your app extension usable for both SmartWatches.

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Add SmartWatch 2 support to your original SmartWatch extension
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