If you like to tinker with Sony Xperia devices, things just got a little more fun (funner, if you will). Thanks to Sony's newly-released Illumination API, developers can now tweak the illumination bar settings on compatible devices, including the Xperia SP, ZL, ZR, UL, A U, L, S, SL, P, sola, ion, acro HD, go, M, and M dual.


Sony is calling the Illumination API an experimental API (the first of its kind for the company), which essentially means it will be released with limited documentation and virtually no support; basically, you're on your own with this one. Fortunately, it seems pretty straightforward – it can be used to control the LED color, the pulsation and time between pulses, as well as pre-defined fading patterns on certain models. The API also allows the LED to illuminate in rhythm with music on the Xperia SP. Neat stuff.

A full list of supported phones, along with how to get started with this new API can be found on Sony's developer blog – head there for all the details.

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  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    Sony should let the users and apps control the light by default stock. :/

    • btod

      Maybe this is a step in that direction. This is a good way to test the market and see if such a feature is desired and good way of having people test it for you.

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        I aways saw reviewers noting this and it's a letdown for LED notifications fans.

        • Bob G

          Maybe people should buy Sony products and then demand support vs not buying them and then making wish lists.

          • Zieen

            I would love to buy Sony devices. Unfortunately, they're going to have to start playing Verizon's games if I ever hope to see one.

          • Primalxconvoy

            You mean like the official ps3 website asking users what what features they would like added or removed from the ps3, which Sony has failed to answer?

  • Eric Goh

    No controls for the Xperia TX? :

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    Nice to see a big player like Sony opening things like this up, also nice to see Samsung giving up it's source code. If only these companies will learn that being a friend of the consumer is better than having them hate you, the future will look quite bright.

  • https://www.facebook.com/max.chen2 Max Chen

    It still annoys me that my Xperia ZL cannot use the notification light in Stamina Mode...and I need to have that turned on since it more than doubles the battery life...
    The notification light should be changeable in the default settings.

  • Qliphah

    Wonder if/how well the app Lightflow works with this. It sounds like the perfect use for it and if it works 1/2 as well as with my AtrixHD I might have to switch to Sony.