Sony Ericsson’s Bret Nordberg gave very strong weight to rumours that Sony is working with Ericsson to develop a new Playstation Phone. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Nordberg stated simply that they would like very much to tap Sony’s expertise in the video games market.
“There’s a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere… Sony has an extremely strong offering in the gaming market, and that’s very interesting.”
Considering that Mr. Nordberg is Ericsson’s CEO, it’s hard to believe that he’s speaking out of his rear.
According to a source close to the situation, the phone will utilize Ericsson’s Xperia brand, and will likely run a version of Google’s Android operating system (we reported prior that it would likely be Gingerbread, sourcing Endgadget. That still looks like a solid bet). There’s also reports that games will be available via an application, much like how iTunes on the iPhone can supply games.
Sony’s surely learned some things from past mistakes, both their own regarding the PSP and those of others, mostly regarding the N-Gage. At the very least, if Sony and Ericsson can put out a sharp product that also works well as a multimedia device, we could finally have the best of both worlds.
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