Today, we release a beta version of our new flash tool for Xperia devices, which enables you to put on standard Sony software* on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone which has the boot loader unlocked. This functionality has often been requested by the open Android™ community, and now we’re glad to support it. Please note that the phone still stays unlocked, and that the warranty may still be voided. As this is a beta version, only a limited number of phone models are supported to begin with. Read on for instructions and more information, and to find out how provide us feedback – we are really eager to hear what you think!
Have you heard about Linaro? It’s a non-profit organisation made up of eight members working to improve the Linux kernel for ARM architectures (ARM is one of the largest processor developers in the industry). At Sony, we think this initiative is really great, and we can see clear benefits of cooperating in Linux development. Read on as Tony Månsson, Linux developer at Sony, explains why Linaro is so important, and how you can get started on working on the kernel yourself.
On Developer World, we recently made available the Sony Add-on SDK, which lets you support our Small App feature on the new Xperia Tablet S. If you want to enable your existing app to also function as a Small App, you simply have to add some simple code to your app. From a developer’s perspective, adding Small App support is very similar to how you add widget support. And by extending your app with a Small App, you can gain visibility for your app along with the added functionality. Read on for instructions!
*** UPDATE: This campaign has now ended. ***
App developer? Today we’re kicking off a campaign in search of great Small Apps, and in return we will hand out an Xperia™ Tablet S for free to the developer of the app we like the most. Small Apps is a new multi-tasking functionality available on the new Xperia Tablet S, and a Small App can run on top of any other activity or be minimised to the edge for quick access. This enables true multi-tasking! And by using the Sony Add-on SDK and the Small Apps code example and documentation, you can easily extend your app to include the Small App functionality, which will help you gain visibility for your app. Read on for the details on how to get the chance to receive a free Xperia™ Tablet S!
With our Sony SmartWatch developer campaign in full swing, we’d like to remind you that Tuesday, June 26 is the last day to submit SmartWatch apps to Google play in order to get your free Smart Wireless Headset pro, and most of all, the chance of being promoted in Sony’s social media channels. We’re also still sending out SmartWatches to developers submitting their SmartWatch app ideas through our online form. Read on to get a status update on this campaign, and to get helpful links to aid in your SmartWatch app development.
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!
Yesterday the winners of Ericsson Application Awards 2012 were announced. In the company category the winning team was MedAfrica from Nairobi, Kenya, with an app that will help improve health care in rural areas. In the student category, Clio Squad from Shanghai, China, won first prize with their app, which is a collaborative painting tool that can be used by several people working on the same drawing. Read more after the jump!
On May 22nd, our friends at Ericsson will announce the winners of the Ericsson Application Awards 2012 at a prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Among the finalists are innovative apps within health care and social interaction. You’ll be able to follow the ceremony in a live webcast. Karl-Johan Dahlström, head of Developer Relations at Sony Mobile, will be one of the judges. Read more about Ericsson Application Awards after the jump!
Upon request we’re today releasing an Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) beta for Xperia™ PLAY, and we’re really interested in getting your feedback on this beta release. As games are such a crucial part of Xperia™ PLAY, we would like to know how well this ICS beta for Xperia™ PLAY works when you’re playing games. Read on for download links and installation instructions!
Are you a custom ROM developer? If so, you’ve probably checked out our Sony Xperia™ open source archives before. Last year we told you how to build a Linux kernel. Today we’re releasing the open source archive for the Xperia™ S, which contains files you can use when building a kernel. This is the first time we publish source code for a product built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 platform, and to flash this software, you need do some additional steps and run a script that we also release today. Read more after the jump!