Tutorial #64: Setting up Sony Add-on SDK for Android

Hey everyone!

Electronic devices are getting smaller day by day. Earlier what could be done using a smartphone can now also be done using a smartwatch. Sony recently announced SmartWatch 2 and has provided API’s for developers to build Android applications specifically for the device. It is important to note that the SmartWatch is not an Android device and hence doesn’t run the Android operating system. It is mainly capable of pairing with any Android device supporting the Bluetooth functionality.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to install and setup the Sony Add-on SDK for Android.

Pre-requisites: Eclipse IDE, Android SDK, Sony Smartwatch (version 1)

Step 1: Download Sony Add-on SDK

First, you need to download and install the SDK. Please follow these steps mentioned on the developer’s website.

Step 2: Import project in Eclipse

Once you have downloaded the Sony Add-on SDK, you should see a new folder created under path-to-android-sdk/add-ons directory. Browse through and import any one of the projects in Eclipse. For this tutorial, I will go for the SampleWidgetExtension project.

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Note: Sony Smartwatch API’s can be used only with devices running Android 4.0 and higher.

Step 3: Installing SmartConnect application

Before you run the Android application, you need to download the Sony SmartConnect application (also known as LiveWare manager) from the play store. In addition, you also need to download and install the official Sony SmartWatch app.

Step 4: Pair the Smartwatch with the device

Using Bluetooth, pair the Smartwatch with your Android device. Once paired the SmartConnect application should open. At this point, you could also install third party applications like Twitter, Facebook, messaging, call handling etc.

Finally, run the application on an Android device using the USB debugging feature. If no errors are present and the installation was successful, then you would see a new time widget displayed on the smartwatch.

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That’s it for now. Next we will start playing around with the Sony API’s 🙂

I, Me and the Xperia Z!!

I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present. My parents gifted me a brand new Xperia Z. It definitely feels awesome to have Sony’s latest flagship device resting in the palm of your hand.

Through this post, I will try and give you a quick review of the Xperia Z including the battery life, camera, processing speed and so on. One of the interesting features of the smartphone is the fact that it is dust and water resistant. So without wasting much time let’s begin exploring the phone.

1) Battery life

The battery life is pretty good. When fully charged the phone can easily last for a day with normal use but I must say that the phone gets heated up quickly especially when you keep playing those high graphic games for an hour or so. The only solution then is to dip the phone in water 😛

2) Processor

The phone is equipped with a Quad Core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and it’s really fast when your multi tasking. Social networking becomes a lot easier on the Xperia Z.

3) Display

The only thing I have no complaints about is the display quality. The Full HD screen and the mobile BRAVIA engine 2 display is something that Sony is well known for and it surely reflects when you start using the device.

4) Camera

The Xperia Z comes with a 13 MP autofocus fast capture camera with LED flash. It also supports a 2.2 MP secondary camera. Few things I found interesting and really liked about the camera was the Superior Auto mode that tells you exactly what to do when you fire up the camera and the Smile detection feature that enables you to choose between big smiles, average smiles or small smiles.

5) Music and video quality

The Sony walkman music app is one of the best around at present. I got a free Sony headset when I bought the device which adds to the music experience. Videos you shoot are of really high quality. It supports video stabilization as well.

So if your planning to buy the Xperia Z then I would suggest you go for it. It’s a great phone if you are one of those heavy users who loves getting the best out from a smartphone! 🙂

Feel free to comment in case you have any questions!

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My Android Smartwatch!

Hey everyone,

I bought a brand new Android Smartwatch recently. The watch is manufactured by Sony and is one of the coolest gadgets to have out there! 🙂

I had decided to buy the watch in December 2011. Back then it was priced at approximately 7,000 INR on a popular online shopping store. I decided to wait for a few months since I was doubtful about it’s availability in India. However, after a few initial hiccups, I now finally own the watch and it’s working perfectly fine! 🙂

So what’s so special about this watch? Well, all you need to do is pair your phone via Bluetooth to the smartwatch and it handles almost every task you do on your mobile. You can view your messages, call logs, facebook feeds, twitter updates and get the weather information. It also supports Google Maps and a camera application. The thing I love about the phone is the music player application using which I can play, pause and listen to any song without using my mobile.

BTW here’s how it looks! 🙂

The Display Time

The Display Time

Music player \m/

Music player \m/

Applications!

Applications!

Social networking!

Social networking!