Going with the Xperia Z1, Sony also revealed the new Smart Imaging Stand IPT-DS10M at IFA in Berlin today. The Smart Imaging Stand pairs with your smartphone through one-touch NFC, and then launches a SmileCatcher app, which automatically follows people’s faces and takes pictures whenever someone smiles. In other words – a perfect party companion! For developers, there is a new experimental Motion API available, which will let you develop innovative new apps for the Smart Imaging Stand. Get all the details in the full post.
You’ve all been able to develop app extensions for SmartWatch and Smart Wireless Headset pro for a while with the old Smart Extension SDK, but now we have replaced this with the new Sony Add-on SDK. So far, hundreds of apps have been created or extended to work with these devices. Read on for a walkthrough of the most useful facts and tips, for those of you looking to develop an app for SmartWatch and Smart Wireless Headset pro with the Sony Add-on SDK (and learn more about the SmartWatch update being released today!).
A number of Xperia™ devices have an IR remote sensor, allowing you to use the IR remote API to develop an app that sends infrared signals. The Xperia devices which include an IR sensor also come with a universal infrared (IR) remote control app that can control devices such as HDTVs, DVD players, audio systems, and cable boxes. This is because the remote control app has a number of stored device profiles within the API.
Yesterday, we published the Sony add-on SDK on Developer World, and today, we thought we should highlight how you can create new innovative IR remote use cases for your app on the Xperia™ Tablet S, such as an app that could switch the channels on TV, based on specific genres (sitcoms) or interests (sports). Or that you can create a new app, such as a cool TV remote, using the IR remote functionality of the Xperia™ Tablet S. With the open sourced IR remote sensor API for the Xperia™ Tablet S, all this is possible. Read on to learn more and download the IR remote sensor code examples and documentation kit.
This spring, we introduced a brand new technology called Floating touch in Xperia sola. This unique user experience lets you control parts of the user interface (UI) by simply letting your finger hover above the touchscreen. And with the release of the new Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update, a Floating touch API is now available. This means you can add Floating touch™ support to your apps! To learn more about this, check out the Floating Touch API tutorial made by Andreas Sandblad, Software Architect at Sony. You’ll get all the details about this API plus a code example, which will enable you to get an innovative edge on your competition!
***Update: This Sony specific API will be deprecated. Please use the hidden Android intent “android.intent.action.HDMI_PLUGGED” instead. This is supported on smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean. Stay tuned to Developer World for more information going forward.***
Are you working on an Android™ app that you’d like users to experience on an external device like a TV or monitor? If your Xperia™ smartphone (or other Android™ device) has an HDMI port, then your app should detect when it’s plugged into a powered high-definition screen to ensure the display is rendered properly on the larger screen. This quick tutorial includes some code that shows you how. Read more after the jump.
Over the last few months, we’ve published a number of Extension Development Kit (EDK) blog posts and tutorials to help you develop extensions for both the Timescape social network app and the Music player in our Xperia™ smartphones. Now we’ve got another update for you – EDK 2.0 – and it includes an updated Timescape™ API that enables you to incorporate Facebook™-like actions (such as “liking” or commenting) for the users of the external apps you create for Timescape™. We’ve also included an emulator for Smart Extras for your convenience. Read on for more details and to download EDK 2.0.
Have you ever thought about using hidden Android™ APIs? A few weeks ago, Erik Hellman from Sony Ericsson’s Technology research department presented a few examples of how these APIs could be used at Droidcon in London, and at Mobile Monday in Bucharest. We have now made Erik’s hidden API code examples available for download.
Download and learn more after the jump.
Going to Droidcon in London, UK, on October 6-7? Don’t miss the speaker session with Sony Ericsson’s Erik Hellman (above), in which you will get to learn how to access and use hidden and protected Android APIs. You will also find out what limitations exists, and you will get some tips’n’tricks on how to use the hidden APIs in a safe way, across multiple vendors devices and Android versions. You will get to see several advanced demos that you normally can’t see on Android! Developer World will also have a booth at Droidcon, where you will have the chance to win some really cool prizes.
Read more about Droidcon after the jump!