Xperia™ Panels category submission date is now extended to January 30, 2009

The Xperia™ Panels category is now open for submissions until January 30, 2009 giving you more time to get creative using the Sony Ericsson Beta SDK for Windows Mobile 6.1. To help inspire you, here are three panel examples from Sony Ericsson’s partners: Facebook, Microsoft Windows Live and Dashwire.

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· Download Sony Ericsson Beta SDK for Windows Mobile 6.1 (v1.0.4) for creating Xperia Panels>>

Entries to the Xperia Panels category are invited from any developer, both companies and individuals, who develop a panel for the Xperia X1.

The Panel category winner will be announced at Mobile World Congress. In addition, they will be invited to an exclusive two day workshop and presentation at the Sony Ericsson headquarters in Lund, Sweden where they will present their projects to top Sony Ericsson executives and spend one-on-one time with several senior Sony Ericsson directors to discuss new joint business ventures.

Xperia Panel examples

To help inspire you, here are three examples from Sony Ericsson’s partners: Facebook, Microsoft Windows Live and Dashwire. These panels are available for download from Sony Ericsson’s Fun & Downloads web site.

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Facebook

The new Facebook application uses the Xperia X1 interface to deliver an intuitive version of the site, putting images of your friends onto your phone’s desktop (standby screen) and showing their latest status updates as you touch their images.

New functions available through the Xperia X1 Facebook panel include:

· An entirely new visual representation of friends’ statuses

· Simple and fast upload of photos to Facebook

· Easy access to Facebook friends list and phone numbers, with click to call capabilities

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Microsoft Windows Live

The Windows Live panel uses existing Windows Live ID to sync contacts held in the X1’s phonebook, and the panel will provide easy access to an intuitive Microsoft messenger interface, including Hotmail and Live Messenger.

The panel gives end-users access to the Windows Live Search function, which is tailored to mobile phones and can be voice activated and controlled. Other Windows Live services will be incorporated into the panel throughout the year.