After a sequence of profitable function telephones, Sony Ericsson all of the sudden discovered itself in want of a touchscreen cellphone. Prior to now the corporate had used the touch-enabled UIQ entrance finish for Symbian OS, however its destiny was unsure – the Symbian Basis fashioned with Nokia on the prime, so its most popular S60 was chosen because the Basis’s important interface.
Sony Ericsson didn’t have the in-house experience to create a brand new touch-driven cellphone shortly, so it tapped HTC to create a brand new mannequin – the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. Whereas at present we affiliate the Xperia identify with Android telephones, that wasn’t the case at first.
The X-Panels tried to modernize and prolong the clunky Home windows Cellular 6.1 consumer interface
The X1 (and its successor, the X2) ran Home windows Cellular 6.1 skinned with the X-Panels interface. That attempted so as to add visible aptitude and additional performance to the utilitarian OS, although the top end result was an eclectic mixture of Home windows, PlayStation and HTC flavors of UI.
It’s simpler to indicate you what the X-Panels have been than to elucidate it – they could appear to be launchers, however they’re truly extra like apps. Right here is Will with a demo of the Xperia X1 within the newest installment of the Flashback video sequence:
One other HTC-made cellphone launched the identical yr because the Xperia X1, it was the T-Cellular G1, which is greatest identified for being the first-ever Android cellphone. Whereas Sony Ericsson would have one other go at Symbian (and Home windows Cellular too), finally it will go all-in on the Google-developed OS. However that’s a narrative for one more time.