Sony announces Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact

The two latest members of the Xperia X series smartphones have been unveiled at IFA: Xperia XZ and the premium X Compact. The phones are driven by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 (Xperia XZ) and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 650 (Xperia X Compact) processors and both feature a triple image sensing camera technology as well as new Battery Care. Read more about the new devices after the jump

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Sony announces Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact

Sony’s Theme Creator BETA tool gets a simplified UI and new editable resources

The free Theme Creator tool from Sony, allows designers to easily create themes for Xperia™ devices. The latest version, Theme Creator 1.0.0 BETA comes with enhancements that include a simplified UI, clearer navigation and over 500 editable graphical resources. There’s also new tutorial videos to help you get started.

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Sony’s Theme Creator BETA tool gets a simplified UI and new editable resources

Use SmartBand 2 sensor data for innovative Android and iOS applications

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.

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Use SmartBand 2 sensor data for innovative Android and iOS applications

Camera Remote API beta SDK now supports five new Sony cameras including A7R II

Today we released the Camera Remote API beta SDK v2.10, adding support for Sony’s current flagship interchangeable lens digital camera A7R II. There is also support for the latest Cyber-shot RX Series; the compact RX100 IV and the high performance, high-zoom RX10 II, as well as the high-zoom compact cameras HX90 and WX500.

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Camera Remote API beta SDK now supports five new Sony cameras including A7R II

Camera Remote API beta updated with new features, and support for FDR-X1000 and HDR-AS200

Today we have released the Camera Remote API beta SDK v2.00, which adds support for the new Action Cams, FDR-X1000 and HDR-AS200, announced last week. The update also includes several exciting new API features such as loop recording, advanced audio settings and wind noise reduction.

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Camera Remote API beta updated with new features, and support for FDR-X1000 and HDR-AS200

Lifelog API now available: Boost your app with lifestyle data

Today we are happy to release the Lifelog API, which gives you as a developer secure access to lifestyle data of your users. This way, you can provide your users with insight and inspire smarter choices based on their physical activities, app usage and location. Of course, the user has full control and must approve to share data with your app.

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Lifelog API now available: Boost your app with lifestyle data

More cameras now support Focus mode in the Camera Remote API beta SDK

An update is now available for the Smart Remote Control app for Sony cameras, which adds remote movie recording support to the cameras DSC-HX400 and DSC-HX60, but most importantly, it adds support for the Focus mode feature in the Camera Remote API beta SDK, for compatible cameras. This allows you to develop apps that can control the camera’s focus mode remotely.

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More cameras now support Focus mode in the Camera Remote API beta SDK