There’s been a long time ago some news were posted here, and I guess it’s time for an update - The X1 is not dead yet!
We start of with
February 12, 2009 - New Point UI Xperia panel – beta available for free now
Seems like a good panel: “I only installed it this morning but I’ve already been won over.”
February 16, 2009 - 4 new panels announced today at MWC
*On the road
February 24, 2009 - New version of Panels SDK available with open GL ES support
“The new beta includes Open GL ES support and allows you to access the internal hardware graphics acceleration on the X1.”
March 11, 2009 - Evernote panel now live
Here’s a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_ncr1Ee9e8&fmt=18
March 26, 2009 - SPB Traveller and Weather panels available to download now
“The new weather and traveller panels are both produced by SPB software, the same company which produced the free SPB shell.”
March 27, 2009 - Xperia Certification Program
“It is designed to set highest standard for your applications and allows you to use the “Certified for Xperia X1″ logo in your marketing materials.”
April 22, 2009 - How to use your Xperia X1 – a little guide to Windows Mobile
1. Tweaks For Optimised Performance
2. How to Speed Up Your Memory Card
3. Increasing Your Touchscreen’s Responsiveness
4. Changing the Font Size of Java Applications (JBed)
5. Making the Pop-Up Menus More Finger-Friendly
Good news for Mac users. A new version of Salling Media Sync (v1.0.2) has been released adding support to the XPERIA X1. Salling Media Sync allows you to sync music, playlists, and podcasts from iTunes to your X1.
According to the website:
Salling Media Sync does not copy DRM-protected media, as it wouldn’t play on your device. When buying music from the iTunes Store, we recommend looking for items labelled “iTunes Plus”. Music that has been ripped from CDs in MP3 or M4A format will sync without problems.
ProClip now gives you several options to mount your XPERIA X1 on your car. Choose from mounts that are fixed or that swivels, powered or not. The way it works is you choose your XPERIA X1 clip and then choose the correct mount for the model of car your drive.
The clips range from about $35 to $100 (car mount not included yet).
Revision 5 of the XPERIA X1 White Paper is now out containing a lot of bad news. It seemed like no one noticed that revision 4 came out earlier this month but in any case, I’ve compared the docs line-by-line, and here’s a summary of what has changed since revision 3:
Front camera can take still images at QVGA
Slideshow Panel removed
Java applications support OMA DRM 1.0 forward lock and combined delivery only
Digital zoom specs added:
3MP mode – 1.0 x fixed
2MP mode – 1.0 x to 1.29 x
1MP mode – 1.0 x to 2 x
VGA/QVGA mode – 1.0 x to 3.2 x
Opera Mobile 9.5 browser specs added:
HTML - 4.01 (with some exceptions)
XHTML - Basic, 1.0, 1.1 (both with some exceptions)
XHTML Mobile Profile 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 (with some exceptions)
Gizmodo is one of the latest sites to try the X1 out.
Here is a bit of their final conclusion:
To be blunt, the Xperia X1 isn’t quite up to snuff with the top smartphones in the market from an overall standpoint. This is not to say the Xperia X1 is a bad phone—on the contrary, it’s a very respectable piece of hardware. It’s just not good enough to justify the cost when better, cheaper phones are available.