With the update to Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P just got even better. This update combines the features of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) with unique new features and apps from Sony. Upgrade your Sony Tablet to experience a streamlined user interface with drag-and-drop folder creation, improved multi-tasking and browser. New Sony features include direct access to SD card, ”Small Apps” and enhanced photo viewing options. Please note that the Tablet P update is only available in selected markets. Check out the official press release, Sony Tablet Evolution and this Android 4.0 for Tablet S video to learn more about the new features!
Last week we released a firmware update for the Sony SmartWatch, which includes new UI updates and improved performance. And if you’re a developer, don’t forget that you can get a free SmartWatch device if you come up with a good idea and plan for a new SmartWatch extension. If you submit a new SmartWatch enabled app to Google Play before June 26, we will also send you a Smart Wireless Headset pro as a bonus! We might also ask to promote your app in Sony’s social media channels… Check out the video above, and the Free SmartWatch campaign page to learn more!
Our search for apps and app ideas that can be extended through the Sony SmartWatch kicked into full gear at last week’s AnDevCon and with great success. We got a great response from those attending the SmartWatch session and lines of developers eager to share their SmartWatch app extension ideas with our judges. Close to 100 SmartWatches were handed out among the 1,200 developers in attendance.
In addition, we will today start to ship the first SmartWatch devices to those developers who have applied online. Read on to learn how you can submit your apps/app ideas and get a free SmartWatch, as well as promotion in Sony online media channels if your app is successful!
Earlier today the Xperia™ GX and Xperia™ SX was announced for the Japanese market, making them Sony’s first LTE phones in Japan. Xperia™ GX features a 4.6” Reality Display for a superior viewing experience, and a 13 MP camera that lets you take great photos. Xperia™ SX is the world’s lightest LTE phone, weighing in on only 95 grams.
Read more about Xperia™ GX and Xperia™ SX after the jump.
AnDevCon III is just around the corner, and that means a lot of Android developers are ramping up to go to San Francisco and dive into the latest Android developer and technology discussions. The Sony Developer World team will also be there, and we have some goodies in stock for you – all our latest products on showcase, an inspiring and useful dev session and the chance for developers interested in creating app extensions to get a SmartWatch for free! Read on for more details on the event.
Do you want to know more about your Android™ device and compare it to other users’ devices? Check out Anfish – a new app from one of our partners called AZSoft Technology Inc. In Anfish you can view info about the hardware of your smartphone, along with statistics on popular devices and most common Android versions in your area. Read more about Anfish after the jump!
As part of ongoing contributions to the open source community, we’re today releasing two extensions for the Sony SmartWatch as open source. The first one is an extension to the Music player, which makes it possible to control the music player in your phone from SmartWatch. The second extension is called 8 Game, a puzzle game that can be played on the SmartWatch. With our Sony Add-on SDK, you can use these apps as a base for creating your own music player extension or game for SmartWatch. This is an excellent opportunity to get an innovative edge on your competition, and to get better visibility as your app will be easy to find for all SmartWatch users.
Continue reading for downloads, details on the extensions and instructions how to use them!
If you’ve developed a mobile app, there’s a good chance that you’ve got at least one user that’s from Silicon Valley or California, which might not seem like a big deal. But if you’re also collecting user data, it can be a big deal because of an existing, but little known state law, called the California Online Privacy Protection Act. According to this law, if a mobile app collects any personal data from a California resident, the app must provide a security policy for users. Read on to understand more about this law, to learn about what data you should collect, and to get hints for keeping user data secure.
Are you an app developer looking for a powerful app analysis tool? Do you want to get a good view of the architecture and dependencies in your app? Ever tried to disassemble bytecodes in Android™ apps? You can do all this and much more with ApkAnalyser, our new virtual analysis tool that we’re also making available as open source. Learn more after the jump.
Ever thought about how Gingerbread (GB) and Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platforms differ on a technical level? In this blog post, we’ll describe some of the technical differences between GB and ICS, and what the differences in the user experience might be. This way you can decide if ICS is right for you, or if you prefer to stay on Gingerbread. Maybe you will prefer the new UI in ICS, or do you give a higher priority to the extreme stability of the Gingerbread platform? Read more after the jump!