After a collection of profitable characteristic telephones, Sony Ericsson all of the sudden discovered itself in want of a touchscreen cellphone. Previously 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 high, so its most well-liked S60 was chosen because the Basis’s predominant 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 right this moment we affiliate the Xperia title with Android telephones, that wasn’t the case at first.
The X-Panels tried to modernize and lengthen the clunky Home windows Cell 6.1 person interface
The X1 (and its successor, the X2) ran Home windows Cell 6.1 skinned with the X-Panels interface. That attempted so as to add visible aptitude and further performance to the utilitarian OS, although the tip outcome was an eclectic mixture of Home windows, PlayStation and HTC flavors of UI.
It’s simpler to point out you what the X-Panels had been than to elucidate it – they might seem like 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 collection:
One other HTC-made cellphone launched the identical yr because the Xperia X1, it was the T-Cell G1, which is finest identified for being the first-ever Android cellphone. Whereas Sony Ericsson would have one other go at Symbian (and Home windows Cell too), ultimately it will go all-in on the Google-developed OS. However that’s a narrative for one more time.