Battling the likes of Samsung and HTC for a share of the Android pie must be quite a depressing prospect, and all Sony’s smartphone chips are on Google’s OS. Or are they?
Word on the street (or Japanese site AV Watch, to be more accurate) is that Sony is contemplating bringing its Vita OS to smartphones and tablets.
Sony’s soon-to-be President and CEO, Kazuo Hirai, reportedly hinted at the move during a Q&A session, suggesting that Vita OS is not just a gaming platform.
Senior Vice President Yoshio Matsumoto explained: "if you’re asking if we’ve made it in a way that’s expandable, so that it’s possible to apply to smartphones and tablets on top of achieving the high responsiveness we need for gaming devices — it is possible."
However, Matsumoto was keen to add: "that doesn’t mean that we’re applying it to smartphones and tablets at this point in time, but it’s been designed with expandability in mind."
Sony Ericsson posted a loss of €247 million in 2011, despite a 65% year-on-year increase in smartphone sales. Maybe this Vita OS-based Plan B ain’t such a bad idea as the Japanese manufacturer goes it alone.
Having said that, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone-console hybrid wasn’t exactly a raging success.
via: The Verge