We’re not particularly surprised by the announcement, after Sony Ericsson made it quite clear in the Autumn that they were closely looking at the Android platform and had already done a range of software emulation tests at their Swedish R&D centre in Lund.
Head of Creation for Sony Ericsson Rikko Sakaguchi said: “Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform.
“We believe Sony Ericsson can bring a wealth of experience in making consumer focused multimedia handsets with new user experience to the Alliance drawing on the successes of the Walkman and Cyber-shot sub-brands. Sony Ericsson is a strong supporter of open operating systems and we believe the Open Handset Alliance offers an exciting opportunity for a new and unique user experience only Sony Ericsson can deliver.”
Membership of the Open Handset Alliance adds to Sony Ericsson’s existing support of the Windows Mobile operating system, the Symbian Foundation (having ditched UIQ earlier in the year) and rumours that in early 2009, the company will announce a Series 60 product as a ‘stop-gap’ ahead of its first Symbian Foundation device.