An in-depth look at Sony Ericsson's new user interface (photos)
Sony Ericsson's will feature its new User Experience Platform on its latest crop of Xperia smartphones. CNET takes a close look at its new, engaging user interface.
For its Xperia X10 smartphones, Sony Ericsson designed a new user interface from scratch. Called the User Experience Platform or UXP, it sits on top of the Android operating system on the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, and X10 Mini Pro smartphones.
CNET took an in-depth tour of UXP with George Arriola, Sony Ericsson's head of human interface design, at the company's lab in San Francisco. Overall, we liked what we saw. Sony Ericsson's UXP interface is clean, easy-to-use, and attractive. We also like that it lets the basic Android framework shine through.
For the first few slides in this slideshow, we'll show you how UXP looks on the X10 Mini Pro. Since the handset is quite a bit smaller than its X10 sibling. Also, Sony Ericsson added some unique features that you won't find on the larger model.
Pictured here is the company's "Timescape" feature. Similar to Motoblur, Timescape displays your latest e-mails, text messages, and social media alerts for various contacts in a flowing design that resembles a stacked deck of cards. Arriola said that the S-shape of the stream was based on a flower.
The phone dialer interface features touch controls for each number. Notice the four shortcut icons in each corner. As you move between different screens, the shortcuts will change to offer access to related features.
Each contact entry holds a photo, several text fields, and quick shortcuts for sending a message and accessing social networking services. The Infinity feature works here as well, but instead of showing related music files it will surface all communication between you and a single contact.