Sony Ericsson might be churning out Android phones like there’s no tomorrow, but, in many ways, it’s trailing behind the likes of HTC, Samsung, Motorola and LG. Where’s the dual-core juice and autostereoscopic 3D, guys?
However, as reported on NFC World (I think I’ve just given the game away there), the manufacturer is about to tick off at least one of the latest innovations in mobile, namely Near Field Communication.
Apparently Sony Ericsson is set to introduce a "portfolio of smartphones that enable mobile transactions", with NXP doing the NFC honours.
"Building on Sony Ericsson's leadership in Android and mobile gaming, the integration of near field communication into our Android-based Xperia portfolio is another step in delivering the most entertaining smartphones," said Jan Uddenfeldt, Sony Ericsson’s chief technology officer.
"NFC offers our consumers the ability to broaden their communication experience beyond the phone, and we are poised to drive the development of new, exciting and creative entertainment experiences."
NXP’s president and CEO, Rick Clemmer, added: "This latest move from Sony Ericsson is another proof point of the strong momentum and potential of NFC. Based on continued strong customer endorsements we have the opportunity to increase the sales of our NFC products two to four times as a percentage of total NXP revenue in the second half of 2011 from the approximately one percent it represents today."
No particular handsets or dates or anything just yet, but that’ll follow in due course. Obviously.