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

AOSP support for Xperia devices

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk at XDA DevCon in Manchester about Sony Mobile’s approach to AOSP. We’ve seen a lot of engagement on the subject – lots of comments, lots of questions – so we wanted to share more details and clarify a few points about the work we do to provide binaries and source code to community developers. The binaries and source code are then used as a base when community developers are compiling their own custom ROMs.

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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]

How to rebuild kernels for flagship Xperia devices

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

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

Sony sponsors the Appiness Hackathon in Sydney

Do good. Geek out. Win big. That’s the slogan for Appiness hackathon taking place May 24-25 and June 1 in Sydney, Australia, and from Sony we’re proud to sponsor this hackathon with 50 Xperia™ devices. Appiness is a hackathon for people who want to make something new, and everyone from designers to engineers and entrepreneurs are invited to come together and build brand new apps that truly help people. Because that is what Appiness is all about, to help four different charities, and to do this each member of the participating teams will be equipped with an Appiness toolkit, including an Xperia™ device. Check out the Appiness website for more information.

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Sony sponsors the Appiness Hackathon in Sydney

Create your own BlindsView effect for your apps [tutorial + code example]

One of the unique features you’ll find with recent Xperia™ smartphones is a “blinds” effect that’s part of the lockscreen display – touch your finger anywhere on the screen, and the window shreds into horizontal blind slats. The BlindsView feature is also available on Xperia™ smartphones running the Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update (at the moment, Xperia™ TL). You can easily incorporate this graphical UI effect to your own standalone apps using our BlindsView tutorial from Johan Henricson, software project manager at Sony. You’ll also be able to download a separate BlindsView code example kit as part of this tutorial.

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Create your own BlindsView effect for your apps [tutorial + code example]

Xperia™ Z and other new models added to our Device Loaner service

If you’re a developer based in the US or Canada, and are eager to start testing your apps to ensure they work on the latest Xperia™ smartphones, you’re in luck! We’ve just added Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia T to our Device Loaner Programme. And tablets and mobile accessories are also available, including the Xperia Tablet S and Sony SmartWatch. With the Device Loaner Programme, you can freely borrow a physical Xperia™ smartphone, tablet, or accessory device for up to 30 days, to ensure that your app works properly with Sony products. Read more about the programme after the jump.

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Xperia™ Z and other new models added to our Device Loaner service

The new Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 takes your viewing experience to the next level [video]

Remember when we explained Mobile BRAVIA® Engine earlier this year? Now we’ve deployed an improved version, Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, which is a key part of the great viewing experience of the recently announced Xperia Z. It is also included on Xperia ZL and Xperia V. Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 has an updated contrast enhancement algorithm and a more advanced sharpness filter, to further improve viewing experience. Continue reading as we will tell you all about what’s new, and how Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 works!

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The new Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 takes your viewing experience to the next level [video]
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