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Sony Encouraging SmartWatch 2 Development

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Mobile device companies like selling devices–it’s how they make their money and it’s how they fund the next device that’s already in their pipeline. It also makes it very hard to support those same devices in 6 months when the next iteration is out. There’s one thing that can be said though about Sony, and it’s this: They work really hard to encourage development on their devices, no matter how old they might be. They’ve consistently put out AOSP for their devices, given instructions on how to build custom kernels (which no other OEM does by the way), and provided tools to load custom builds on their original SmartWatch. With the recent release of their 3rd-gener. . . READ ON »

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Learn How to Create Watch Faces for the Sony SmartWatch 2

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Sony jumped into the pool relatively early when it comes to smart watches and wearables. With a history extending back to 2010 with the LiveView, it was not until the SmartWatch 2 that Sony had a rather solid offering with plenty of customization and aftermarket flexibility. If you have one of these devices strapped on your wrist right now, or want to get some development experience with wearables, you’ll certainly want to check out XDA Senior Member naheel azawy‘s tutorial on creating your own watch faces for the SmartWatch 2.

Naheel azawy keeps the tutorial brief and simple, without skimping out on thoroughness. Each individual step is clearly labelled and, if appropriate or needed, is ac. . . READ ON »

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New Widget API Lets You Create Clocks and Widgets for the Sony SmartWatch 2

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2014 is certainly shaping up to be the year of the wearables. And as we saw at CES this past year, there are several fantastic smartwatch options on the horizon. But while many Android fans are eagerly awaiting Android Wear, many more have already entered the smartwatch world by way of existing devices like the Sony SmartWatch 2.

About a month ago, Sony added the ability for end users to customize the watch face on their Sony SmartWatch 2. This is done using the SmartConnect app on a connected Android device. From there, users select from various clock types and widgets, and arrange them across the screen. But while this added significant flexibility to the end user, this was essentially a closed syst. . . READ ON »

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Tasker Extension on the Sony SmartWatch 2

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For many, Tasker is a big part of their smartphone or smart-gadget experience, offering the flexibility to perform a wide range of tasks with simplicity and ease. In fact, it’s usefulness and practicality has been covered numerous times on the XDA Portal and video series.

With this in mind, it’s obvious that the next logical step in the Tasker journey is integration with the smartwatch world. This is especially true, considering the increasing amount of rumours in the past year of big OEMs working on ‘the next big thing,’ and with Sony and Samsung both releasing their own take on the wearable device concept, namely the Sony Smartwatch 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

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Sony Add-on SDK 2.0 Brings New APIs for SmartWatch 2 and Xperia Z1

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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. . . READ ON »

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Sony Opens Smartwatch to Custom Firmware, Paranoid Android Open Sources HALO – XDA Developer TV

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Sony now allows you to install custom firmware on your Smartwatch device. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about Daniel Nazer speaking at XDA:DevCon 2013 and news about the contest. Additionally, the Paranoid Android team has open sourced HALO.

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin gave us video on USB On-The-Go, AdamOutler and friend shows us how to develop for the Google ADK, and TK does an App Review of Hi App Lock. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Sony Opens Up Smartwatch to Flash Custom Firmware

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It seems that smartwatches are all the rage these days. From Pebble to Metawatch to I’m Watch, there are no shortages of smartwatch devices out there. And if the rumor mill is to be believed, there are more to come from the big players. The Sony Smartwatch was one of the original options, starting back in early 2012, and has continued to be a force with their Smart Extensions APIs being available and a large number of apps out there on the Google Play Store. However, in comparison to the Metawatch, the Sony Smartwatch lacks one thing: hackability.

On Sony’s Developer World portal they announced today that they are opening up the Smartwatch to allow for custom firmware to be used with their new “. . . READ ON »

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