Sony Ericsson Sticking with Android, Releasing Phones with Latest OS

January 17, 2011
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Still just releasing the apparently massive amount of interviews and tiny tips they received at CES 2011, Pocket Lint today lets loose a little interview they had with Steven Walker, acting head of global marketing at Sony Ericsson. In this interview, Walker lets the world know that they don't plan on working with Microsoft on Windows Phone right this moment, having worked with them on a number of 6.x products but not quite feeling like they need any "concrete announcement" when or if they'll work with Windows Phone 7. On that note, Walker does confirm they'll continue to release a massive amount of Android product: "We see the need as an industry to galvanise behind the Android ecosystem to create a strong ecosystem for consumers."

Is this exciting? Sure it is! Walker believes that Android will eventually win out in the mobile operating system wars: “We need to do this so that there will only be a certain number of eco-systems that will prevail. Developers won’t develop for 17 eco-systems. Consumers won’t choose between 100 different eco-systems. In the end only a certain number will prevail”

Finally, Walker notes that in 2010 they didn't find it all that necessary to release phones on the most current Android OS. This year (2011) they plan to learn from their mistakes: “That said we are launching a product in Q1 of this year running 2.3, we have recognised the need to have our products on the latest release. Last year we didn’t anticipate the strength of feeling that consumers would have towards the Android release. And again that was a learning experience of the first year of mass market Android smartphones."

[Via Pocket Lint]


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