Exclusive: Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone:
There's no question that gaming on the Android platform has heretofore been relatively underwhelming, but that looks like it's all about to change. It seems that Sony Ericsson -- a company that has yet to even introduce an Android 2.0 device -- is at work on a project to redefine gaming on Google's mobile platform. We now know (via a trusted source) that the company is actively and heavily developing a brand new gaming platform, ecosystem, and device (possibly alongside Google) which are already in the late stages of planning. And we've got the goods on it.
Here's what we can tell you about the hardware: if you're a gaming fan, this is exactly the kind of phone you've been waiting for. The device is described as cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go -- in other words, it's a landscape slider with game controls in place of the typical QWERTY keyboard. The D-pad is here, but instead of the small joystick, the device will have what was described as a "long touch pad" for analog controls, along with standard PSP buttons and shoulder buttons. The phone has a large display, described as being between 3.7 and 4.1 inches with WVGA or better resolution, a 5 megapixel camera that we're told might not be final, and it'll likely have a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU on board. The phone is mostly black with some silver highlights, and the gamepad area is white / silver in color. Apparently it's currently branded as a Xperia device, but it looks like it will carry PlayStation branding as well. Those who've seen the phone say it looks "pretty damn sexy." The mockup above probably doesn't do the actual hardware justice, but it should give you an idea of what you'll be dealing with.
On the software side, it looks like the device will be running Gingerbread (Android 3.0) with a phone-specific skin, and there will be a new area of the Android Market specifically for the games. That content will be initially accessible only by the halo device, but from the sounds of things, these titles might be made available to other Android phones if their specs and button layouts meet requirements. Games will be graphically in the range of PSX or PSP games, meaning true 3D gaming is headed to Android. Titles currently being shown off seem to be focused around some older PSX as well as new PSP offerings, with God of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and LittleBigPlanet possibly on tap, and future plans for titles which incorporate augmented reality features.
In terms of release, it's possible that the phone and ecosystem could be introduced as early as October of this year, but we have yet to confirm.
Right now we're working on getting even more detail about the phone and partnership, but we can tell you now that this is not a random rumor -- we have reason to believe that what we've heard and seen is real and coming to market. It makes perfect sense in a way -- Google gets a much-needed push into the gaming and entertainment space for Android, while Sony (via its partnership with Ericsson) finally delivers the PlayStation phone users have been wanting. We see it as a major win for both companies and the consumer... and we always need another distraction. Stay tuned to this space for updates as we get them, and in the meantime, start socking away the pennies.
Additional reporting by Chris Ziegler
Notice: Sony Ericsson launches a new product X11:
Timescape and Mediascape two characteristic interface makes it as one of the hottest models in the market. Recently, somebody on the Sony Ericsson Forum has released several concept images X11,and we have higher expectations to see the next generation X10 of Sony Ericsson.
According to the author’s introduction, Sony Ericsson X11has installed the latest Android 2.2 operating system. And in the front of the phone there is a camera. Although the screen is 4.0 inch, resolution of iPhone is 4 (960 × 640 pixels). The hardware uses Qualcomm Scorpion 1.3GHz processo. ROM and RAM are upgraded to 2GB and 1GB. Powerful hardware configuration can exceed all the phones on the market.
Whether Sony Ericsson will launch such a high-profile mobile phones, let us wait with much expect.
Jacques, 13 Aug 2010Gr8 phone,one of SE best building blockshe he he :) yeah it's great, i love it... :)
phoenix, 13 Aug 2010my first phone was W700, and now i have P990i for 3 years :)Gr8 phone,one of SE best building blocks
Canadianman20, 12 Aug 2010I fell for the Apple trap and turned my old K790a into a travel phone, and after 2 years away,... moreI started with K750i and would still have it today if it was not for motorcycle accident.SE is just the only phone for me.
Jacques, 12 Aug 2010I have stuck with SE for 7 years and 5 phones and the x10 just repaid my loyalty as have all t... moreI fell for the Apple trap and turned my old K790a into a travel phone, and after 2 years away, I am back to Sony for good. My old K790a not only preformed better than the iPhone that replaced it, it is still running 100% perfect after all this time while the iPhone has died. SE forever.
[deleted post]Ok no problem mate, but last night i was here until morning, anyway there is no need to prove myself, and dont let Sorin(sun, stefan) provokes you, ignore him as some others do( it seems he's here just to bother ME)
i don't want to leave this place again, you remember the last time right? it was painful for me, really! after 7 month, i cant leave this place easily.
Canadianman20, 12 Aug 2010Some how the best Android phone will get even better. Its amazing at how good the phone is now... moreI have stuck with SE for 7 years and 5 phones and the x10 just repaid my loyalty as have all the others before it.Im gratefull to have found a manufacturer than caters to all my needs
Canadianman20, 12 Aug 2010Because it does not exist. As far as I have seen(And I have seen quite far) There is no such t... moreOK, so you believe me now? looks like it :)
anyway thanks for your reply...
Phoenix, 12 Aug 2010if you knew about X11 why you didn't share it with us? :)Because it does not exist. As far as I have seen(And I have seen quite far) There is no such thing as the X11, and the photos I have seen floating around are something someone has come up with themselves.
[deleted post]if you knew about X11 why you didn't share it with us? :)
[deleted post]actually it's 2 am here, and looks like i can't do anything to prove myself but this: remember about our first chat about the word "mototrash"!
[deleted post]When did i posted enything but usefull things...??? Enyway you should replace that....preistoric phone you have....in your country aren't ''smart boys''who deal phones so you can get one cheaper?
Jacques, 12 Aug 2010Hi Phoenix,nice to meet you.Its smooth,fast,no problems at all.The image quality is amazing,ca... morethanks for your reply mate, it's nice to meet you too, read my comment about X11, you'd like it :)
Jacques, 12 Aug 2010Hi Phoenix,nice to meet you.Its smooth,fast,no problems at all.The image quality is amazing,ca... moreSome how the best Android phone will get even better. Its amazing at how good the phone is now, then you remind yourself Sony is going to somehow top themselves again.
Phoenix, 12 Aug 2010great, so does it run smooth? any lag? and how's the screen quality? :)Hi Phoenix,nice to meet you.Its smooth,fast,no problems at all.The image quality is amazing,can't imagine what it would be like with 16m colours after upgrade