Sony developing smartphone

2010-03-05 16:07

Washington – Japanese electronics giant Sony is developing a new line-up of handheld products to counter Apple's stable of portable devices, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the matter," said the products under development include a smartphone capable of downloading and playing PlayStation games being developed with Swedish cellphone partner Ericsson.

Another project is a portable device that the Journal said blurs the distinctions between a netbook computer, an electronic book reader and a PlayStation Portable, or PSP.

The multifunction device is reportedly designed to compete against Apple's upcoming iPad.

The new smartphone and the multifunction device were expected to work with Sony's online media platform due to launch this month in the US offering movies, TV shows and music like Apple's iTunes, the Journal said.

Targeted for launch this year

It said the new products were targeted for launch this year.

Sony Ericsson is to release its first smartphone, the Xperia X10, a device powered by Google's Android operating system, in April.

Sony refused to confirm the report but stressed that the electronics giant is interested in networked portable products.

"Sony and Sony Ericsson have been strengthening their collaboration in the networked mobile space," it said in a statement.

"However, it is not our strategy to discuss future products or business plans before we make a formal announcement. Any media report that suggests details of the product or business is based on speculation."

Apple has sold more than 40 million iPhones. The iPhone and iPod Touch are competing with Sony's PSP in the handheld gaming market. The iPad is expected to rival the Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle in the e-reader market.

  • Flat battery - 2010-03-05 16:53

    Flat battery is all I can think of.

  • Advanced User - 2010-03-06 08:21

    "Sony Ericsson is to release its first smartphone, the Xperia X10, a device powered by Google's Android operating system, in April."
    What quality journalism is at work here, people, Sony Ericsson is one of the intial pioneers in the smartphone genre, from the P990 to the X1 and newer X10!
    Yes, an Android powered phone does *not* constitute a smartphone, my X1 currently runs the HD2's firmware, or Ubuntu 8.04 (fully fledged desktop OS running on a smartphone platform) or even Android.
    So this point is moot, for all its faults windows mobile 6.5 is an exceptional base platform allowing for massive customisation, not like the Iphad restricted microcosm os.
    Sheeple will be sheeple....

  • Gregory Griffiths - 2010-05-21 06:27

    True! SE has been developing smartphones for quite some time and the X10 is merely an updated version of the X1. I suggest that the writer of this article should at least take a look at the SE website to at least get the FACTS before posting this fiction

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