Sony Ericsson Bows Beta SDK

Sony Ericsson unveils beta SDK for Xperia X1 panel development

September 3, 2008

2 Min Read

STOCKHOLM -- Sony Ericsson Developer World today announced the release of the Sony Ericsson Beta Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Mobile® 6.1, a set of tools, plug-ins and documentation that allows developers to build and test XPERIA Panels and applications for Windows Mobile 6.1 to be used on the XPERIA™ X1 phone, the innovative multimedia phone announced earlier this year that combines Windows Mobile 6.1 software with Sony Ericsson’s unique XPERIA Panel user interface. The SDK and accompanying documentation will be freely available to all developers to download at

The Sony Ericsson SDK for Windows Mobile 6.1 will allow a wide range of developers and content makers to easily develop, test and deploy rich Web and native Panels for the XPERIA X1. The Panels are lightweight applications that extend the phone’s ‘Today Screen’ API to provide a fully customizable user interface on the XPERIA X1.

Personalization is one of the hottest topics in the mobile phone industry today. Ability to fit relevant and contextual information in a timely manner on the mobile phone screen is key for convergence scenarios including Web 2.0. XPERIA Panels introduce a unique, more distinct way of interacting with content on the phone’s UI, allowing users to personalize their desktop screen with their favorite content and seamlessly draw from Web and phone applications with a single touch of the screen. With support for both HTML and Microsoft’s Visual Studio development environment, XPERIA™ Panels provide a rich canvas for deployment of a wide range of content by a potential base of millions of developers around the world—from Web developers and designers to programmers and independent software vendors.

“With the release of the SDK for Windows Mobile 6.1, we are inviting developers and content creators to capitalize on the vast opportunity offered by mobile content in the coming years,” says Rikko Sakaguchi, CVP and Head of Creation and Development at Sony Ericsson. “This is yet another milestone in Sony Ericsson’s commitment to provide our partners with a complete, rich and open development environment that catalyses innovation and variety in mobile content and gives the best user experience to the consumers.”

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications

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