Reports starting surfacing yesterday that Sony was considering moving the Playstation Vita operating system to mobile phones. Sony has been steadfast in their support of the Android operating system. While Sony Ericsson Android devices didn’t get the focus and push that Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG in the United States they are very popular overseas.
Sony Ericsson will become Sony Mobile Communications in the coming weeks as a Sony buyout of partner Ericsson has been approved and is just waiting for the closing.
Sony corporate just announced that Kazuo Hirai will be replacing Sir Howard Stringer as CEO of Sony Corporate. Hirai was a driving force behind the PlayStation brand for many years. While there have been no plans announced to move away from Android, according to the company Vita is expandable.
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“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,” Sony Computer Entertainment Senior Vice President Yoshio Matsumoto said, according to the Japanese publication AV Watch. However, he seemed to back away from the idea by noting “that doesn’t mean that we’re applying it to smartphones and tablets at this point in time, but its been designed with expandability in mind.”
Sony Ericsson tried to merge the PSP with a smartphone last year in the Sony Xperia Play. That phone is available on both Verizon and AT&T in the United States. While it didn’t fail by any stretch of the imagination, we’re sure it didn’t come out with the thunder Sony was hoping for.
Sony’s Android based Tablet-S is doing great internationally and was even the best selling tablet in October, 2011. With that in mind and a whole portfolio of forthcoming Android devices, we may not see Vita ported to phones anytime soon.