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PLATFORM: Sony Ericsson announced to join Google's Open Handset Alliance
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 09.12.08 - 18:46:30 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 15438x
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After Sony Ericsson recently joined the Windows Mobile camp with the launch of its first Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, the Xperia X1, the Japanese/Swedish joint venture today announced the extension of its portfolio strategy to include support for the Open Handset Alliance aka Google Android smartphones.
While two month ago during a press event in Lund, Sweden - Rikko Sakaguchi denied to have plans to work on an Android smartphone, Sakaguchi (CVP and head of Creation and Development at Sony Ericsson) said today that "Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform".

"We believe Sony Ericsson can bring a wealth of experience in making consumer focused multimedia handsets with new user experience to the Alliance drawing on the successes of the Walkman and Cyber-shot sub-brands. Sony Ericsson is a strong supporter of open operating systems and we believe the Open Handset Alliance offers an exciting opportunity for a new and unique user experience only Sony Ericsson can deliver."

Membership of the Open Handset Alliance will complement the company's existing Open OS strategy which is based on the Symbian and Windows Mobile platforms.
Sony Ericsson hasn't yet announced when the first Android phone can be expected but it's most likely that the company will unveil more info during the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next February.

Cheers ~ Arne


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