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APIs Released for the Illumination Bar on Xperia Devices
Further testament to Sony’s increasing support for third-party developers comes with their release of ‘experimental’ APIs for that funky translucent illumination bar found on many of their phones such as the Xperia S. The new APIs will allow developers to play and experiment with the bar’s functionality in various situations, apps, and ROMs.
Announced at Sony’s Developer World, the APIs will allow developers to control the bar in unrestricted ways never before possible, such as setting the LED color, controlling the LED pulses, and define fading patterns. The devices that are fully supported by the APIs are the:
The following phones are also supported, however support for the fading patterns will not be as extensive:
- Xperia U
- Xperia L
- Xperia S
- Xperia SL
- Xperia P
- Xperia Sola
- Xperia Ion
- Xperia Acro
- Xperia Go
- Xperia M
- Xperia M Dual
Developers of the Xperia S and P should also be mindful that the hardware only supports white color, and this limitation may be found on other devices.
These new APIs also mark the introduction of ‘experimental’ APIs from Sony, and will most likely be for ‘playful’ and novel features of the Xperia lineup. So if you own one of the supported devices and would like to check out just exactly what the illumination bar can do, be sure to visit Sony’s announcement for more information and download.
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