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 a year later
Motorola Cliq 2 users who may have been holding out for an update to Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS are on the verge of getting their long awaited update from Android 2.2 (Froyo). First released in late 2010, Gingerbread has since been superseded by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Nonetheless, Motorola has announced that it is recruiting 1000 customers to try its latest Motoblur-inspired Gingerbread variant before a final release is issued to all remaining Cliq 2 users.
Information in leaked T-Mobile screenshots
A new report has pegged the launch of the Motorola Cliq 2, also referred to as the ‘Begonia’, for January 5 ahead of the previously rumored January 19 launch. TmoNews has also received information that appears to confirm that the upcoming Dell Streak 7 Android tablet, referred to as the ‘Kodiak’, will launch on January 19. The information comes courtesy of a leaked T-Mobile Training Update screenshot showing that staff training for the Motorola Cliq 2 will take place on the day of its launch, while the training for Dell Streak 7 launch will take place at the same time, well ahead of its launch.