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Samsung releases S-Pen SDK for the Galaxy Note

If you're a developer who's excited about the app opportunities inherent in the Samsung Galaxy Note's included capacitive stylus, then break out the Mountain Dew and get ready for some long nights in the warm glow of your monitor. Samsung just posted the 1.0 release of the S-Pen SDK, allowing any developer with the skills and the fancy to create apps that take advantage of the software tools built into the Note. Between the stylus and a full Wacom digitizer it's become an object of desire for the budding smartphone artist.

HTC ThunderBolt gets an Ice Cream Sandwich SDK port

Stock ThunderBolt users are just now getting their first taste of Gingerbread, but all the cool kids are already running versions of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based off of the Software Development Kit. Verizon's first LTE phone is the latest to get the treatment, courtesy of the fine folks at RootzWiki. Experienced custom ROM users can flash the software in the usual way via a custom recovery - don't forget to do a backup!

Sony aims to bring the Playstation Suite to Non-Sony Android devices

Sony and their popular Playstation Suite is currently only available for a few Sony devices, which makes total sense. When first announced Sony did mention they planned to eventually bring it to other devices in the near future. Now according to sources at the AsiaD conference this week Sony's been talking about just that. While no specific details were given, they do plan to offer the Playstation Suite to non-Sony devices in the future.

Ice Cream Sandwich SDK ROMs already in the works

Ideally, ROM developers wait for the open-source, AOSP version of the latest Android release before building a new ROM. But there is something of a work-around: industrious programmers can take pieces of the SDK and cobble together a working phone or tablet ROM. A good example is the various community-authored versions of Honeycomb based on its Software Development Kit. Now preliminary versions of Ice Cream Sandwich based on the recently-released SDK are already making their way onto the Nexus S.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK is available today

Consumers might not be getting their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus until November, but developers can prepare for the new Ice Cream Sandwich right now. Google has posted the software development kit on the Android website for anyone and everyone to begin using. For non-developers, this means that as soon as you get a Galaxy Nexus or another Ice Cream Sandwich phone, apps that take advantage of the new OS features should be available.

WIMM Labs 1.4″ Wearable Android Platform hands-on [Video]

Today I have a unique and exciting bit of information for you all. WIMM Labs today has just unveiled their newest innovation and it sure looks exciting to say the least. The WIMM Wearable Platform is a new 1.4" display that will be powered by Android and tons of "micro apps" to take advantage of the thin, sleek, powerful and unique platform. This is wearable Android ladies and gentleman, and I want one as soon as possible.

Samsung Android Developer Forums Official

Today Samsung announced a brand new set of forums for developers on Android specifically for their Samsung devices. This new place to talk and exchange ideas will work through their already existing developer site: http://developer.samsung.com/ and is set to act as a conduit for the news and updates area of the Samsung Developers site. This area will draw on all walks of Android development life: bada, Java, Widgets, Themes, etc, and will be a single gateway for SDK's tutorial videos, hardware updates, software updates, and more.

Xperia Play game developers get training videos in HD

Sony-Ericsson announced on their blog this week that game developers hoping to get the inside track on developing games for the Xperia Play need look no further than design3 for all  their training needs.  design3 will be offering streaming videos in HD which will train gaming developers and will take them from concept to delivery in the fastest possible time.  The design3 portal will make stream all training videos in HD for a $20 a month subscription.  And developers will have access to 3D tools, game engines, and middlewares with everything that's necessary to create games at design3's Training Center.  But they have one word of advise .. UNITY. design3 suggests that game developers start with the Unity engine, which makes getting a game on the Xperia easy thanks to support for JavaScript, C#, and a Python's "Boo" flavor.  And yes, design3 also has several tutorial videos for Unity as well, enabling game developers to hit the ground running.   design3 will also take budding new developers through how to create an Android developer account, install the SDK and set up your mobile device for testing of development builds. Once developers have a game ready to go, Sony Ericsson's Union Initiative will help with distribution as well. Once new game developers have a grasp of Unity and game basics, they can learn about more challenging skills such as multi-touch and accelerometer input, scripting, and even working with the Xperia Play's API. So if devs are looking for a way to get their games Playstation certified, this is certainly a good place to start. [via Sony Ericsson Development Blog]

Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK finalized

Google has released the final Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK, complete with finalized APIs, on the eve of the first Honeycomb-based tablet being released. Developers now have the final set of tools to code for the Motorola XOOM and subsequent Android 3.0 slates, and the new API level is 11. The Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform highlights are here, and there's a breakdown of differences between APIs here. There's also an update to SDK Tools (r10) and ADT Plugin for Eclipse (10.0.0), including such niceties as improved rendering of what the final on-screen app will look like. Instructions for downloading the Android 3.0 SDK are here.
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