Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 panels SDK released

Xpera 2 panels sdk
SE has already released a new SDK for developers who wish to develop panels for the new Windows Mobile 6.5  Xperia X2 smartphone (they should also work on the original X1 given that they have the same specs..). Included in the SDK is a new tool called the Panelizer. theis tool lets you turn any native app, Flash, Java ME and Project Capuchin into a panel. Starting mid-September, devs can choose to make their panels availble on SE’s PlayNow Arena Marketplace. One has to wonder why HTC has never released any SDK for their phones (SE & Samsung did)

XPERIA™ X2 is the latest phone in Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA™ range. It will be one of the first phones to market based on Windows Mobile® 6.5 Professional and features an eye-catching user interface that includes a new range of interactive Panels on the home screen, offering business, fun and communication features. Users can easily select and download Panels from PlayNow™ arena, Sony Ericsson’s one-stop content store which also offers music, movies, themes and a whole lot more.

New Panelizer tools in the Sony Ericsson Panel SDK for X2 make it easy for developers to maximize investment in existing applications. In just a few clicks, existing content including native apps, Flash, Java ME and Project Capuchin can be turned in to a Panel. It’s also simple to create HTML panels.

The Panelizer SDK also enables developers to create native applications and make use of powerful 3D graphics because the XPERIA™ X2 features support for OpenGL® ES 1.1. XPERIA™ X2 is also equipped with a Java Runtime that makes Java/Capuchin applications run as well integrated as native applications.

“Putting developers’ applications directly in front of consumers is a crucial focus for us,” says Christopher David, Head of Developer and Partner Engagement at Sony Ericsson. “We created the Panel SDK to streamline the development process, minimising the time it takes to get applications directly to the consumer and providing developers with additional revenue opportunities.”

From mid-September 2009, developers will be able to submit Panels to PlayNow™ arena, which operates in 18 countries and offers a 70% net revenue share. From submission to sale takes less than 30 days for accepted Panels, and verification/signing can be delayed until after Sony Ericsson has reviewed the application.

Source: SE Dev Blog