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Sony Ericsson Opens Xperia X1 to Developers

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Sep 3, 2008, 8:56 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sony Ericsson has made a software developers kit available for its forthcoming Windows Mobile 6.1-based Xperia X1 phone. The SDK will allow developers to create their own panels and Web-based and on-device applications for the Xperia. The SDK includes the tools, plug-ins and documentation necessary for developers to build and test Xperia panels and applications. The panels are small applications that reside on the Today screen of the Xperia. By allowing developers to create their own panels and applications, it opens up the potential for the Xperia to have more access to custom third-party content. Sony Ericsson has yet to say exactly when the Xperia X1 will become available.



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Sep 3, 2008, 12:10 PM

Too little too late.

By the time the Xperia X1 ships:

1. Android will be generally availble.
2. iPhone will have (likely) sold 10 million units.
3. Microsoft will start to take the wraps off of WM7. (A free upgrade for the Xperia might not happen, so don't get your hopes up.)

The Panel UI is just a shell on top of WM6.1 Despite what SE wants everyone to believe, it's not a platform onto itself.

This device is going to be (way) late to the game.
I think this is a good phone though
The "Too little too late" philosophy seems to align perfectly with the carrier it's intended for.

...That being T-Mobile for those that don't know.
bones boy

Sep 3, 2008, 11:01 AM

Good news but...

... don't you think they are really screwing the pooch on this one? By the time it comes out HTC will have a new phone out and the new GSM Treo will be out and so will the Crackberry Bold ... they simply are taking too long. It's just like the decision to sell the SE 750a - a great candidate for an unlocked unbranded phone due to it's Global Roaming capabilities - only through AT&T. They are missing a loyal (although small) niche market. These decisions make no sense to me.

Okay I'm done.
Big difference is the SE Z750a is a cheap, well lets say inexpensive phone that has alot of goodies for the money. It can easily be unlocked and debranded through De Vinci.

The Xperia X1 is going to be expensive and late to the ball game. The T...
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