If you’re a developer looking to target the Sony Xperia Z1 or Sony SmartWatch 2, the latest version of Sony’s Add-on SDK will undoubtedly be of interest. While having device-specific features inherently brings a set of pros and cons, it’s hard to argue with the fact that doing so uniquely tailors the software to work well with the hardware. Sony recently unveiled the second version of its Add-on SDK, which adds support for the new Sony SmartWatch 2 and the new Camera Add-on API.
The new capabilities for the SmartWatch 2 allow users to specify layouts to be displayed on the watch like they would be specified on Android. This also enables smoother scrolling than before in Gallery and ListView. You are also able to specify menus to be displayed on the device, as well as access the compass and light sensor.
The new Camera Add-on API allows you to tailor your camera app to make it accessible directly from the Xperia Z1′s “Smart Social Camera.” Doing this, the app gains additional visibility and integration from within the standard camera interface. Furthermore, developers can use the API to integrate the Xperia Z1′s camera features and modes into their own apps. This allows third party camera apps to work particularly well with the device’s camera.
To learn more, head over to the Sony Development Blog post detailing the v2 SDK. From there, also visit the posts below to use the new APIs:
- Add SmartWatch 2 Support to Your original SmartWatch Extension
- Create an Xperia Z1 Camera App with the Camera Add-on API
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