Sony Ericsson releases Android powered phone … then I end up talking about PS3

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

Two days ago I posted about Android catching up to the iPhone
and wished for an Android powered PSP. I wrote about this before here and here. Well it does not seem far fetched now with the new Android-powered Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. Engadget has more on the pre-production model here and GIZMODO here. Looks like Sony still has some few hurdles to overcome to deliver on this phone. However, poking around online, I found the following piece:

Sony Ericsson’s head of portfolio planning, Steve Walker, said that this is just the start, and that in future we’ll see closer integration with other Sony products, though he wouldn’t comment as to whether the PS3 was a possibility, via Remote Play like the Sony Ericsson Aino.

Given that Sony barely released the PSP GO recently, I don’t see them investing in a new handheld console-phone combo platform right now. Coupled with the upcoming PSP versions of LittleBigPlanet, Assassin’s Creed and Rock Band, the PSP is getting back some attention that has been focused on the PS3 for the past couple of years.

Lets look at some numbers. According to Joystiq here, Sony has lost close to $4.7 Billion dollars on the PS3 so far. Also according to VGChartz, Sony has sold 25.74Million PS3 units so far compared to 52.31Million PSP units. The Xbox360 launched a year earlier than the PS3 and their total sales so far is 32.78Million units. That’s not too bad. By end of April next year, I think we will have a good idea of the PS3’s overall performance in this generation. It seems to me that by April 2010, Sony will have shown most of their cards for the PS3. I say April 2010, because FF XIII, God Of War III, and Gran Turismo 5 will all be out by then (MAG, Heavy Rain, and The Last Guardian may all be out by then too). These titles should enable Sony to capture a lot of the PS2 users back to their side. Knowing that the PS2 sold over 138 million units as of August 18, 2009, the potential to sell more PS3s is huge.

If this generation cycle manages to stay for 10 years, there is a big chance for Sony to recoup its losses on the PS3. I got to all these numbers just to see if its feasible financially to create a PSP phone.

Sony making a Walkman with Android!!

AndroidWalkmanYes, finally!! Sony is adopting Google’s flavored Linux Android for a Walkman device. This is exciting because we might see an Android powered PSP at some point which might look like my dream PSP. Sony Japan is not too keen on making a PSP cell phone but if this new Android Walkman succeeds, things might change.

Originally reported here.

Samsung Announces a new Google Android powered phone

samsung-google-phoneSamsung announced a new Google Android powered phone. All Android phones can not have multi-touch gesture controls like pinch-zooming web pages,maps, and photos. According to the press release, here are the detailed specs of the new Samsung I7500 phone:

  • HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps (900 / 1700/ 2100MHz)
  • EDGE / GPRS (850/ 900/1800/1900)
  • OS Android
  • 3.2″ HVGA(320×480) AMOLED
  • Camera 5 MP Camera (Auto Focus), Power LED
  • Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
  • Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, RA
  • Full Web Browser with Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Android Market
  • Bluetooth® 2.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, MicroUSB, 3.5mm ear jack
  • Internal memory: 8GB
  • External memory: Micro SD (Up to 32GB)
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • Dimensions: 115 x 56 x 11.9mm

The new phone will be available in Europe in June 2009. It seems that T-Mobile will be the carrier in the US. Recently T-Mobile claimed that a million people bought the G1 Google phone. This is in line with Google’s vision to get as many people using the Mobile web using their apps and clicking on their ads. Unfortunately, even this new Samsung is still not good enough for me to get it. I’m using the BlackBerry Curve with T-Mobile and I’m happy with it but its no iPhone. I do have an iPod Touch and loving it. I think by the end of the year, Android should be able to catch up with the iPhone and then it would be a worthy upgrade for me. If by the end of the year, Android is not as good as the iPhone or even better, I will probably switch to AT&T or the Palm Pre. Palm announced a new touch screen phone called the Pre that will be carried by Sprint. The Pre has a sliding full keyboard and seamless integration features with all online apps. It has the ability to run apps in the background features just like the desktop which is not there in the iPhone.

I attached the CES2009 video of Palm Pre:

Here is the layout of Mobile Smart Phones with the carriers in the market:

Apple + AT&T

Palm + Sprint

Google + T-Mobile

BlackBerry + Verizon

Microsoft has not done anything to combat the iPhone. When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone a while back, Steve Ballmer laughed at it (video below). Who is laughing now?