Sony Following Apple Into App Heaven, Releases BRAVIA App SDK
Select Sony BRAVIA televisions-mainly Japanese models-are about to become widgetized. Some internet-connected BRAVIA's already feature a few widgets that offer you the likes of weather forecasts and RSS feeds right on your TV screen. But the widget space is about to heat up as Sony has released a BRAVIA App SDK, available to the public so developers can create and share new widgets with others.
The SDK contains all the necessary coding information you'll need and an XMB emulator so you'll be able to test out a widget on a compatible BRAVIA before releasing it into the public sphere. Sony claims validation time will be quick, but apps have to be less than 1.3 MB in size and there doesn't appear to be any Apple-like payment scheme.
However, Sony is offering the incentive of a BRAVIA KDL-40F1 LCD TV to the grand prize winner of a contest for the best application that's running until January 8, 2009.
Via Sony Insider
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Posted by Justin Davey at September 19, 2008 5:05 AM