Sony Ericsson recently announced 3 more new phones supporting Project Capuchin, taking the total number of handsets to six. This is great because it only means more handsets available for developers to exploit the strengths of Java ME and Flash Lite to create compelling content for distribution.
The new phones include –
the C510 Cyber-shot
the W508 Walkman
the W715 Walkman
in addition to the older C905 Cyber-shot, G705 and the W705 Walkman phones.
Also, according to their latest press release, Sony Ericsson’s Cyber-shot series have sold 32 million phones worldwide and this includes the Project Capuchin enabled C905 Cyber-shot.
Sony Ericsson announced their third device supporting the Project Capuchin API. The device which is the SE W705 Walkman phone is designed to deliver an enhanced mobile entertainment experience and is expected to be available during Q1 2009.
The device specification include a 320×240 pixel 262K TFT QVGA display, 120MB internal memory, Wi-Fi, an accelerometer and a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) server to connect to compatible devices.
Flash specification on the device include –
- Flash Lite version 2.0
- Flash colour depth, 16-bit (536 colours)
- Flash in Screensaver
- Flash in Wallpaper
- Flash in browser
- Heap size for Flash per content type (MB) 2
- Language support for device fonts and input according to i-mode specifications
- Enabled sound formats for Flash: Midi
Sony Ericsson now has a total of three phone models with Project Capuchin – thus increasing the addressable market for developers – as the new W705 joins the previously announced C905 Cyber-shot™ and G705 phones.
Announced recently was the Sony Ericsson Awards 2008 schedule for content submission. This competition seems to be in it’s second year, with developers being encouraged to submit content for awards in different categories. The categories seem quite unique in allowing a developer to explore different ideas –
- Being Productive
- Going Green
- In-Car Applications
- Mobile Entertainment
- Lifestyle Experiences
- Themes and Graphics
- XPERIA X1 Panels
With the Themes Creator tool and Project Capuchin announced, the contest is also encouraging Flash Lite for content submission.
“All content for Sony Ericsson Java™ Platform 7 (JP-7), JP-8, UIQ 3 and Window® Mobile phones will be considered – which includes phones such as the W890 Walkman™, C902 Cyber-shot™, G900 UIQ-3-based phone and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X1 – and don’t forget about using technologies such as the Sony Ericsson Themes Creator tool, Adobe® Flash Lite™ and Project Capuchin.”
Read more about the competition details on the competition website, and the Sony Ericsson Developer Site.
Sony Ericsson announced their second phone – the G705, supporting the Project Capuchin API in addition to the C905 Cyber-shot announced earlier in June. This new web enabled phone would feature a full HTML browser, Wi-Fi, landscape browsing with autorotation and RSS feed support apart from a host of other features.
The G705 and the C905 Cyber-shot are the only two phone announced by Sony Ericsson supporting Project Capuchin API so far. They are expected to launch in Q4 2008.
Sony Ericsson has made their Project Capuchin SDK available to developers. The SDK consists of a set of tools and documents to refer to and use while developing content.
1. Swf2Jar 1.1, Project Capuchin packaging tool and user guide
2. Sony Ericsson Project Capuchin APIs
3. Project Capuchin Product Information document
4. Project Capuchin API Java documents
5. Sony Ericsson SDK for the Java ME Platform
6. Getting started with Project Capuchin for Flash Lite and Java developers
Installation of the tools require the Java runtime & the Eclipse IDE for Java Developers.
Testing content may not be possible now because the first Project Capuchin device – the C905 Cybershot handset, is yet to launch. The Sony Ericsson emulator too cannot read the Project Capuchin jar file as yet. I assume the reason being that the C905 handset comes under the Java Platform 8 sub category (JP 8.4), for which the device skin is yet to be released (sub category JP 8.0 is available).
But having downloaded and worked a little with the tools, I can say that it looks very interesting. What this means for Flash developers is, being able to overcome the many challenges of the Flash Lite API. This includes talking to Service APIs (Sensor, Messaging, Calender, Bluetooth) using the Java classes, ease in distribution of content as the packaging of a swf as a Java application can use the existing Java infrastructure and backend and be deployed in the same way.
Many mobile developers will also see it as a way to develop Java applications using Flash as a presentation layer and Java for application logic thus coming up with a richer and robust application.
Overall it looks like a good time to start working on Sony Ericsson devices, because we now see a way to extend the Flash API while communicating with Java. I hope I can publish some thoughts of mine as I work with it.
With the launch of the Project Capuchin Swf2Jar packaging tool last week, Sony Ericsson has increased it’s momentum for supporting Flash Lite related developer activities. There has been a consistent launch of new tutorials, guidelines and sample files for developers to whet their hands and develop content.
1. New Flash Lite 2.0 tutorial, presenting phone data as dynamic animations
This tutorial explains how data from a Sony Ericsson phone can be presented as dynamic Flash Lite animations which can then be used as wallpapers or imported into a theme using the Sony Ericsson Themes Creator tool.
2. Flash Lite and XML Editor added to Themes Creator Tool
The Theme Creator Tool now supports Flash Lite by enabling SWF files to be imported as standby screens to Wallpapers.
3. Developer Guidelines for Flash Lite 1.1 and Flash Lite 2.0
Although I did not have a chance to write about the Project Capuchin Swf2Jar tool before, I can say that it has sure sparked an interest, as an unlimited possibility of experimentation with their handsets and tool is foreseen.