updated 06:25 pm EST, Sat January 21, 2012
Sony end development for specialised Dash console
Sony has announced that it has stopped development for the Dash portable web and app capable streaming media player. The Chumby-based devices are centred on a 7-inch display that allow users to access Flickr, Photobucket as well as Pandora and Shoutcast Internet radio through custom apps. Developers visiting the official Sony Dash developer website are advised that beginning February 29 the site will close and no longer support the development of new applications.
Dash apps are based on Adobe's Flash ActionScript 2.0 platform, however the Dash platform was quite specialized and had limited mass-market appeal. While it was an attractive device, most users have opted for smartphones docked with speaker platforms, which offer as much or more functionality and more overall utility. Although the Dash also offered Internet browsing capabilities, the advent of tablets has further limited the appeal of the device.
The Sony Dash comes in a couple of models and can still be purchased in stores. The most recent models shipped just last October starting from $130 for the B7 and $170 for the B70. Sony has not announced any plans to cease sales of the Dash at this time.