For Developers: XPERIA X2 PlayNow Arena now accepting Panels, Applications submissions

x2_150px XPERIA™ Panels and Windows Mobile® applications can now be submitted to the Sony Ericsson PlayNow™ arena one-stop content store and also Fun & Downloads.

The XPERIAâ„¢ Panel user experience is unique to Sony Ericsson. Panels are applications that extend the Today Screen API in order to provide a Full Screen immersive experience. The user benefits from configurable, finger-tip access to applications, including the ability to download additional Panels from PlayNowâ„¢ arena.

For the developer, the Panel UI means that applications are easily downloaded and are only a click away.

New with XPERIAâ„¢ X2, Panels can also be Java ME, Capuchin or Flash applications running within the Panel Manager.

Panelizer tools included in the Sony Ericsson Panel SDK make it possible for developers to convert existing applications in to XPERIAâ„¢ Panels:

  • Java Panelizer – turns jad/jar in to a Panel
  • Flash Panelizer – turns Adobe Flash swf in to a Panel
  • EXE Panelizer – turns existing EXE application in to a Panel
  • NET Panelizer – turns existing .net application in to a Panel is the portal where developers can submit applications, games and Panels for sale or free download in Sony Ericsson’s channels to market: PlayNow™ arena and Fun & Downloads. Submission is free of charge, and there is no need to certify the content until it has been accepted for deployment. Developers receive a 70% share of net revenue.

From today, developers are able to upload XPERIAâ„¢ Panels and Windows Mobile applications and games.

Developers may also submit generic (non-Panelized) Windows Mobile applications, however the Panel interface makes it so much easier for the user to access applications that it’s worth the very small effort to use the free Panelizer tools.

The Panel SDK for X2 also enables developers to produce:

  • XPERIAâ„¢ Native Panels
  • XPERIAâ„¢ Web (HTML) Panels
  • XPERIAâ„¢ Panels with OpenGL® ES 1.1 support

XPERIAâ„¢ X2 will be available in selected markets from early Q4 2009, and we developers are invited to submit Panels now and be the first to benefit from this new opportunity.

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