Sony Ericsson seeks Windows Mobile developers

Sony Ericsson wants Windows Mobile developers to start working on applications for its Xperia X1 and has announced a tailor-made SDK (software development kit) for the upcoming smartphone, an InfoWorld Daily report said.

A beta version of the Sony Ericsson SDK for Windows Mobile 6.1 is available for download from the company web page, the report said.

The Associated Press report quoted Merran Wrigley, spokeswoman at Sony Ericsson, as saying that it has already been used in-house and by some partners to develop panels for the user interface, according to .

Sony Ericsson isn't trying to build a new developer community; instead it wants to take advantage of what's already there, according to Wrigley.

The SDK is based on 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, C and C++, according to Wrigley, who didn't want to announce when a finished version will become available.

The Xperia X1 was announced at Mobile World Congress in February. It is a slider phone, with a 3-inch display and touch navigation. For surfing the web it supports Wi-Fi and HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access), for both downstream and upstream traffic. Just like most other high-end phones it also supports navigation using A-GPS (Assisted Global Positioning System).

Lately, there have been some reports stating that the phone has been delayed, but the official Sony Ericsson line is still that the phone will ship during the fourth quarter, according to Wrigley.