Sony Ericsson have confirmed that they’re working on an Android handset that will run version 2.0 of the Google platform. The company’s Asia-Pacific VP of marketing, Peter Ang, told reporters at a Taiwan launch this week that Sony Ericsson’s first Android phone would arrive in the “near future”.
In addition, Ang described the phone as having Sony Ericsson’s unique style, a phrase which could be interpreted as the company planning a new GUI which would sit on top of the regular Android interface. While he did not give any details, the VP pointed to the XPERIA X1 as an example of how Sony Ericsson have differentiated a broader platform (in the case of the X1, Windows Mobile).
Sony Ericsson will continue to make Windows Mobile and Symbian devices, however, he continued. The company joined the Open Handset Alliance in the second major wave of additions, back in December 2008. Shortly after they were tipped to release an Android handset by summer 2009; given that Android OS 1.5 Cupcake is only now seeing widespread availability, that prediction seems unlikely to pan out.