Mobot’s Martin James owned a Panasonic X300 (pictured) a few years back, but he was very much in the minority with his Panasonicness. Panasonicity? In any case, the manufacturer ultimately retreated to Japan with its mobile wares in 2005.
We heard last week that Panasonic was contemplating a return to Europe with a suitcase full of Android smartphones, and now Reuters reports an ETA of spring 2012.
Panasonic randomly jumped on the Android bandwagon earlier this year with surprising success in the Nippon, and now it’s set to follow suit in Europe, North America and Asia.
Indeed, it sounds like it’ll be Europe first, and that’ll reportedly include us in the UK. No word from any of the Big Five – Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile or Three – just yet, but it’s early days.
There’s absolutely jack ship else to go on at the moment, so I’m going to add an obligatory fifth paragraph (you’re reading it now) in which I’ll speculate that Panasonic might make an appearance at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.