updated 01:59 pm EDT, Mon May 7, 2012
Extensions for Sony SmartWatch made open source
Two extensions for the Sony SmartWatch have been released as open source in an attempt to foster app development for the device. The 8 Game extension, a simple game based on sliding tiles to reorganize a picture, shows potential developers how they could create their own titles that can run on the timepiece. The Music extension permits the accessory to control music playback on the linked phone through supported media players, letting existing programming teams add SmartWatch functionality to their software.
Parties interested in developing for the $150 SmartWatch can download the SDK from Sony, with a further request from the electronics giant to suggest other extensions to release as open source.
Motorola Cliq 2 gets Android 2.3 update
The long-awaited update for the Motorola Cliq 2 to Android 2.3 finally has arrived. The handset will move from Froyo (Android 2.2) to Gingerbread, following the recruitment of 1000 customers to test the update before general release. Users who want to upgrade to the newer version of Android will have to connect their device to a PC and use the Motorola Software Update utility, as it is not available as an over-the-air update.