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App store coming to Sony Ericsson's PlayNow arena

Sony Ericsson announced that it will include applications to its suite of PlayNow arena services, following the likes of Apple, Research In Motion, Nokia, Samsung and Palm.

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It sure looks like somebody didn't want to be left out of the app store party. Sony Ericsson Wednesday announced that it will include applications to its suite of PlayNow arena services, following the likes of Apple, Research In Motion, Nokia, Samsung, and Palm.

The Japanese-Swedish outfit is inviting developers to submit their applications starting July 1. These apps will initially be based on Java and Symbian software, with "additional platforms" (Android perhaps?) expected in the later part of this year.

The PlayNow arena, a service that lets users download music and movies, is currently available in 13 countries and supported on 38 Sony Ericsson models including the W995 Walkman. Other than that, there's scant information on what Sony Ericsson will be getting as a cut for paid apps, or when users will be able to start downloading programs.

(Source: Crave Asia)