Sony Ericsson next for Android


Sony Ericsson intends to develop its own Android platform handset following its joining the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).

The Android ‘open platform’ first came to market in September, in a HTC-manufactured handset branded by T-Mobile.

Sony Ericsson sits alongside 14 other OHA new additions announced this week such as Vodafone, Garmin, Toshiba and Huawei, and existing members including Motorola and Samsung.

Sony Ericsson head of creation and development Rikko Sakaguchi said: “Sony Ericsson is excited to 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 OHA 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 OHA offers an exciting opportunity for a new and unique user experience only Sony Ericsson can deliver.”

Sakaguchi added that Sony Ericsson’s membership of the OHA would complement the company’s existing open operating system strategy based on the Symbian and Windows Mobile platforms.