Sony devices added to Testdroid

Today we’re happy to tell you that a number of Sony devices have been made available at Testdroid Cloud, which is a premier cloud-based Android testing platform for apps and games. Testing and verification are becoming more and more important for app and game developers, as more software platforms and devices are introduced all over the industry. To make it easier to verify your apps and games, Sony and Bitbar (the company behind Testdroid) have added a number of different Xperia™ devices to the Testdroid Cloud service. Read on to learn more about Testdroid and what Sony devices are currently available.

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Sony devices added to Testdroid

Technology reboot: NFC support in (even more) Xperia™ devices

At the start of the year, we reported on a number of Sony Xperia smartphones and accessories supporting NFC (Near Field Communication). In that article, we also looked at NFC technology in more detail, provided some use cases, and explained how we work with NFC. And in that time, we’ve introduced even more NFC-supported smartphones. Read on to get the full list and a general recap of what NFC is all about.

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Technology reboot: NFC support in (even more) Xperia™ devices

Sony takes lead on AOSP on Xperia™ S project [video]

For some time now, Jean-Baptiste Quéru (JBQ), technical lead of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) at Google, have been working to get the AOSP running on Xperia™ S. Today, we are moving the AOSP on Xperia S project from the main branch of the AOSP to a Sony git on GitHub. This is because while JBQ considers the Xperia™ S AOSP experiment a success, from Jelly Bean MR1 Xperia™ S will not be kept as a target device on the main AOSP branch. However, as we can see a great interest from the community we will continue the work on a Sony git and keep it open for external partners and developers to contribute. Read on as Björn Andersson and Johan Redestig, software engineers at Sony, explain more!

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Sony takes lead on AOSP on Xperia™ S project [video]

Sony release binaries to support JBQ’s Vanilla Android Xperia™ S project [download]

As many of you already know, Jean-Baptiste Queru, aka JBQ, Technical Lead for the Android™ Open-Source Project (AOSP) at Google, recently started an open source project to build a vanilla Android version for Xperia S (LT26i). From Sony side, we welcome the project and support it with resources and contributions. We always try to promote and support external innovation and the openness that Android brings. We have now published binaries required for the LT26i project to progress. In addition, we want to encourage the open Android community to participate. Read on for download links and more information!

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Sony release binaries to support JBQ’s Vanilla Android Xperia™ S project [download]

Developer? Borrow an Xperia™ smartphone and test your app

Hey developers, now that the spring season has arrived, it’s the perfect time to get fresh start on your Android™ development. Would you be interested in trying out and testing an Xperia™ smartphone, without any cost, to ensure that your app is compliant? If yes, then why not borrow a smartphone from our Device Loaner Program? This program is intended as a low cost (free!) option to allow you to test your apps on a physical Xperia smartphone or accessory device for up to 30 days. And we’ve just added two more models to the lineup – the Xperia arc S and the recently announced Xperia S. Get more details after the jump.

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Developer? Borrow an Xperia™ smartphone and test your app

Xperia™ S open source archive released with building instructions

Are you a custom ROM developer? If so, you’ve probably checked out our Sony Xperia™ open source archives before. Last year we told you how to build a Linux kernel. Today we’re releasing the open source archive for the Xperia™ S, which contains files you can use when building a kernel. This is the first time we publish source code for a product built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 platform, and to flash this software, you need do some additional steps and run a script that we also release today. Read more after the jump!

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Xperia™ S open source archive released with building instructions

NFC-support in new Xperia™ devices

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Yesterday we announced the new Xperia™ S and the Xperia™ SmartTags, as well as the Xperia™ ion for the US market. This marks an exciting new era, as these are the first Xperia™ devices supporting NFC. But what is really NFC? Surely you’ve heard about it, and know it’s expected to be widely used in the future. But how does it work, and how will it be used? In this article, you will get to know more about the technology, some of the use cases and how we will work with NFC initially.

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NFC-support in new Xperia™ devices

Announcing our new flagship smartphone, the Xperia™ S

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Today we announced the new Xperia™ S, our new flagship smartphone and the first of the new Xperia NXT series. This stunning Android™ smartphone boasts a 1.5 GHz dual core, 1 GB RAM, 4.3-inch 720×1280 resolution reality display, 12 MP camera with Exmor R™ mobile, NFC, and much more! Read more after the jump.

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Announcing our new flagship smartphone, the Xperia™ S