Sony Ericsson will open Xperia X10 Timescape and Mediascape UX apps to developers, port across Android and Symbian devices
The news reports about the new Sony Ericsson X10 Android handset today were mainly focused on it’s awesome specs and cool Timescape and Mediascape user interface apps, on top of Android 1.6.
And they are indeed pretty cool.
But today’s announcement actually gives even more hints, about how Sony Ericsson plans to go bout making new devices that should get it out of the current slump.
One of the first steps in SE plans, is making this *scape user interface, into an open UI platform, across multiple lines of devices.
Sony Ericsson head of portfolio planning has confirmed to Electricpig.co.uk that they do plan to port the new UI to Symbian handsets. And I will not be at all surprised, if their own high end feature phones will get the same UX too.
The other thing, revealed in Sony Ericsson communication to developers today, is that they plan to open Mediascape and Timescpe UI apps to third party developers, by releasing SDK sometime in 2010. According to SE:
We are keen to open up the APIs for these applications, and we welcome a dialog with developers to get ideas and feedback, with a view to launching a Sony Ericsson SDK in early 2010.
This common UI across multiple platforms approach, is actually nothing new. All major handset vendors are already doing it, in one way or another. HTC has the Sense UI, LG created “S-Class”, Samsung uses TouchWiz, which even has an SDK for third party widgets, etc;
But it’s good to see Sony Ericsson finally getting in tune with the industry trends with their multi platform user interface initiative and pretty cool devices. Both, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and Timescape/Mediascape UX apps, look good, albeit extremely laggy, in presentation and limited demos.
Hope they will iron out the bugs in a couple of months remaining before launch. Which was pretty nice.
Now comes the “easy” part. Implementation