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
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
"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