After a collection of profitable characteristic telephones, Sony Ericsson abruptly discovered itself in want of a touchscreen telephone. Prior to now the corporate had used the touch-enabled UIQ entrance finish for Symbian OS, however its destiny was unsure – the Symbian Basis shaped with Nokia on the prime, so its most well-liked S60 was chosen because the Basis’s primary interface.
Sony Ericsson didn’t have the in-house experience to create a brand new touch-driven telephone shortly, so it tapped HTC to create a brand new mannequin – the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. Whereas as we speak we affiliate the Xperia identify with Android telephones, that wasn’t the case at first.
The X-Panels tried to modernize and lengthen 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 tip end result was an eclectic mixture of Home windows, PlayStation and HTC flavors of UI.
It’s simpler to point out you what the X-Panels have been than to clarify it – they might seem like launchers, however they’re really extra like apps. Right here is Will with a demo of the Xperia X1 within the newest installment of the Flashback video collection:
One other HTC-made telephone launched the identical 12 months because the Xperia X1, it was the T-Cellular G1, which is finest identified for being the first-ever Android telephone. Whereas Sony Ericsson would have one other go at Symbian (and Home windows Cellular too), ultimately it might go all-in on the Google-developed OS. However that’s a narrative for one more time.