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Sony Ericsson mulling Android switch

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Wed September 24, 2008

S Ericsson Mulls Android

Sony Ericsson is considering the possibility of using Google's Android platform on its phones, company chief Dick Komiyama revealed today. The Walkman phone maker has stopped short of endorsing the open-source mobile software but adds that the company is interested in the option. Komiyama doesn't provide an exact reason for the company's indeterminate stance but implies that business rather than philosophy is defining the current official approach.

"We are certainly studying this opportunity, although we're not in a position to do this at this moment," he explains.

The addition of Android would potentially represent a blow to the Symbian Foundation, which counts Sony Ericsson as a key member and was formed earlier this year in a bid to spread the operating system and keep it current against rivals. Sony Ericsson has already begun experimenting with alternates through the XPERIA X1's use of Windows Mobile and has seen itself lose sales in the face of competition from non-Symbian devices.

A switch would also give support to Android itself, which got its first official debut on Tuesday with HTC's T-Mobile G1 but hasn't seen the list of manufacturers expand beyond HTC and original partners LG, Motorola and Samsung.

By Electronista Staff


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    Or this version...

    There has been recently been a gigantic hubbub about Sony Ericsson saying the Xperia brand will not be exclusively Windows Mobile. This was despite Sony Ericsson having maintained the same line since the launch of the Xperia in February 2008. Many sites were asserting that Sony Ericsson was very unhappy with Windows Mobile, and will be releasing an Android version of the Xperia very soon.

    In an interview with VNUNet in Copenhagen SE laid these rumours to rest. While, like every other cellphone manufacturer, they had looked into Android, they found the Google-dominated ecosystem surrounding it unsuitable for their purposes.

    Mats Lindoff, Sony Ericsson’s chief technology architect, said that the firm had been testing Android with prototype devices, and that Google’s was a ” holistic” approach.

    “[But] to go with mass production and working with prototypes are two different things,” he explained. “If you want to give every service away to Google, then Android is the perfect solution.”

    Instead SE intends to develop the ancillary services surrounding the device themselves, such as having a Playnow service on board the device that will sell ringtones, games and music directly to the consumer.

    Sony Ericsson also revealed the (obvious) motive for using Windows Mobile - to penetrate the American smartphone market where Symbian mas a minuscule presence and Windows Mobile has at least 20% of the market.

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