If you clocked the Xperia ad I posted a few days ago, then you know that the ‘Panels’ are a far cry from the iPhone’s GUI – they just look cumbersome. Nonetheless, Sony Ericsson released a free software developers kit, or SDK, for the Xperia today. Unfortunately, I think they’ll struggle to gain traction, since the Xperia doesn’t pose the same profit potential as the Apple iPhone. Course, Sony didn’t make mention of how they’ll monetize the Apps, or if at all.
SDK available here
Xperia ‘Panels’ demo after the ‘leap’