As an app developer, you can retrieve sensor data from SmartBand 2 using standard sets of APIs for Android and iOS platforms. Depending on the platform you are developing for, you can use Sony’s Lifelog API, Google Fit APIs or Apple’s HealthKit. You can then analyse and process the sensor data to provide useful insights and visualizations that can help your users live a healthier lifestyle.
Today, we’re introducing the next generation SmartBand 2, which features an advanced heart rate sensor, and provides notifications through vibration and color LEDs. SmartBand 2 is compatible with any device running Android 4.4 (KitKat) onwards and iOS 8.2. Get the full specs for SmartBand 2 after the jump.
Using Sony’s Theme Creator BETA tool you can easily create professional-looking themes for Xperia devices. With the latest version, Theme Creator BETA 0.0.3, you can now create themes for devices running Android 5.0 (Lollipop). This is something that we know many of you have been waiting for, and even though the Lollipop support is basic at this point we hope it’s useful to those who are keen to get started.
In March, we released Theme Creator BETA, a tool that allows you to create professional-looking themes for Xperia™ devices. There has been a great interest in the tool, and we are thankful for all the feedback we have received through the Theme Creator forum. Today, there is a new version available, which includes enhanced features and extensive performance improvements. For example, you can now use any image editor you prefer to create your theme. Download Theme Creator BETA version 0.0.2 to get started right away.
Have you created a theme using the new Theme Creator tool? Before publishing your theme, it’s important to verify that it works on as many devices as possible. With the Remote Device Lab (beta), which is a free web service, you can test your theme on real Xperia devices in order to it for a variety of different screen sizes, densities, and resolutions.
In October last year we launched Sony’s Remote Device Lab (beta), a free web service that allows you to test and verify your app on real Xperia devices. After each session the devices are factory reset, which means that you can safely try out your app on a variety of devices with different specifications. If you haven’t done so already, head over to Remote Device Lab (beta) to try it out. Read on to learn more about this service.
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.
This week, Google released the source code for Android 5.0, Lollipop, and as you can see in the video above, the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) version of Android 5.0 is already running on Xperia Z3, as well as Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1. Check out the video for a preview of Android 5.0, and read on for details.