Sony Addon SDK Updated with New Bluetooth Accessory APIs
It’s pretty obvious that over the past couple of months, Sony has been increasing their support for open-source development not only for Xperia line of devices, but also the various accessories such as the Smartwatch 1 and Smartwatch 2, and their Smart Imaging Stand. And it seems as though Sony isn’t stopping there, as they just recently added support for their stereo Bluetooth headset SBH50 and the Smart Bluetooth Handset SBH52.
If you weren’t aware of these accessories, the SBH50 is in essence a wireless bluetooth headset that connects to your device—wireless headphones, so to speak. As for the SBH52, it serves as a ‘secondary’ voice and sound transmitter wirelessly connected to your phone, so rather than holding a massive phone next to your ear during conversation, you can hold the SBH52 instead. Interesting.
With the new APIs, developers interested in these accessories will be able to create app extensions on the connected devices, much like on their Smartwatches. This also allows developers to emulate these accessories, in the absence of one, to test app extensions. Additionally, Sony has updated their API code example, SampleSensorExtension, which provides information on sensors in certain accessories, aiding in app extension development involving sensors.
If you would like to learn more or interested in Sony’s Add-on SDK in general, head over to the Sony Developer’s announcement post.