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Sony Ericsson renews commitment to Android

In an interview with Pocket-Lint, Steven Walker, head of global marketing at Sony Ericsson, confirmed that  SE is focusing primarily on Android when it comes to handsets. Sony Ericsson has always produced nice hardware, centered around the media and picture experience, but until Android, the OS used, Symbian UIQ3 was not up to the task of building a true smartphone.




Walker underlined that he sees Android as one of the top players in the game and said the following about their decision to stick with Android: “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”. While he does not exclude the possibility of Windows Phone 7 handsets being released, there are no clear plans as of now.

He also commented somewhat on the fact that the upcoming Xperia Arc will ship with 2.3 Gingerbread from the start as opposed to the Xperia X10 that's still waiting for Froyo: "It’s the first question people ask “which version of Android is it on”, but in a year’s time I don’t think it will be the first question people ask, it will be in the list of questions but it won’t be the first question”. I think Walker hasn't learned the lesson that the X10 should have provided them. While it's true that most people won't care that much if they're on the newest release or not, endlessly delaying an OTA until the phone is obsolete is unacceptable to at least a decent chunk of users.

Their Xperia Arc is a really nice device from what I can tell, but I just hope they don't abandon all their older handsets for their new flagship unit. 

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  • Fair enough. The P series phones were pretty badass for their time.
    I had a W950i with UIQ3 and it was pretty good since it had Opera for a browser and a few good built-in apps.
    And it may have even made a great smartphone OS to date, had they not gimped its hardware, put in on expensive niche market devices mostly and attracted some more third-party developers.

  • Just for the record: I quite agree with Martin here. While I still use my old P990, it was underpowered hardwarewise. UIQ provided an excellent software platform but was let down by inexplicably low h/w requirements.

  • Well Alex, I have to disagree with you here. Symbian UIQ was a very good Smartphone OS and unlike Symbian S60 quite up to the tasks of building good Smartphones.

    It was SE which hobbled Symbian UIQ with underpowered hardware. Most notably Memory. The UIQ specs state that minimum memory required was 64M. Now even Joe Sixpack knows that you need twice minimum memory for good performance.

    But guess what: SE fitted there (at the time) new flagship phone, the P990i, with just the minimum 64M. Now that is not what I call «nice» Hardware.

    And last not least: They stopped updates after only 6 month. When the network providers where satisfied with the quality.

    I suggest you read the “Open Letter from Sony Ericsson Smartphone users to Sony Ericsson CEO Mr. Hideki Komiyama”: