Hey guys, remember SonyInsider mentioned about the webcast devoted to the release of Xperia in Europe. Here is a chance for you to view the guys who stood behind this product. It is so great to see how passionate the Senior Product Manager is talking about the phone he really believes in. I think the success of the product depends on showing the world that you believe in your creation and just correct and on-time marketing will do the rest of the job for you.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the wait is almost over, the hyped up and ingenious Sony Ericsson Xperia phone is to be released at the end of September in the first lucky countries: the UK, Germany and Sweden. The North American release has not been set just yet, however you may sign up on their website to be notified when this phone is available here.
To start the countdown to the launch of Xperia™ X1, Sony Ericsson will host a live global webcast on September 15 at 13:00 GMT + 1, offering viewers the first in-depth demonstration of the handset. The web cast will also premiere the first episode of an alternative reality thriller Johnny X. To register to view the web cast and Q&A session with Xperia™ X1 Senior Product Manager Magnus J Andersson, please visit: www.sonyericsson.com/premiere
Let’s hope all the kinks and bugs have been ironed out and it is ready for its debut!
There has been a lot a of speculation this week about whether the X1 will be released on time or not. Sony Ericsson has contradicted previous reports on the web that it’s first Windows Mobile based device would not arrive by the end of the year. Indeed there had been some confusion with SE themselves originally stating a second half of 2008 release which then turned into September and now we are back to Q4 2008. So it looks like it will go to the wire. Anyhow Sony Ericsson is obviously keen for developers to start working on applications for its Xperia X1 and today it announced a tailor-made SDK (software development kit) for the upcoming smartphone.
A beta version of the Sony Ericsson SDK for Windows Mobile 6.1 is available for download from the company Web page. Apparently it has already been used in-house and by some SE partners to develop panels for the user interface, according to Merran Wrigley, spokeswoman at Sony Ericsson. The SDK is based on Microsoft Visual Studio, with extensions for the Xperia panel interface. “It will feel very familiar to existing Windows Mobile developers,” said Wrigley. Using the SDK developers can adapt existing Windows Mobile applications, and start working on new ones. It currently supports HTML, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), C and C++.
A release date for the final version of the SDK has yet to be confirmed.
I’m not going to lie – I use a HTC (8525) phone, and have enjoyed it immensely. Windows Mobile 6 is a great platform but has been overshadowed as of late by the iPhone. Despite the fact that they are both impressive in features, Windows Mobile 6 is superior in functionality, just not design. Anyway, Sony Ericsson surprised me recently when they announced the Xperia X1 smartphone, which uses a custom build of WM6 instead of their usual Symbian operating system. the::unwired was lucky enough to directly compare the camera quality of the X1 (3.2 megapixels) amongst its true competitors from HTC and Samsung, and the results are disappointing. There is one important fact to remember while reading this comparison, and that is the only production quality phone in this mix is the HTC Touch Diamond, while the HTC Touch Pro, Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia and Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 are pre-production devices with a non-final ROM built. Final ROMs may produce better quality.