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.

Android catching up to the iPhone – anyone else to step up?

iPhone vs Droid

iPhone vs Droid

Droid

Droid

After reading Mobile Crunch’s review of the Motorolla Droid device vs the iPhone, it finally seems like someone was able to catch up with Apple(feature wise).

Each phone platform has such tremendous merits. Androids got better navigation; the iPhone has a better browser. Androids got unbeatable expandability and flexibility; the iPhone OS is mind-numbingly easy to use and the rate of growth and drive behind the App Store is simply explosive.

Samsung is also making Android powered phones and we will soon see more Hardware makers jumping on the Android bandwagon.
I wrote before here
and here how it would be awesome to have a Sony phone with an open operating system platform like Android. It finally seems like that its viable for Sony to compete with a unique value offering. Now that Sony has adopted the “It only does everything” line for the PS3, they should do the same with the PSP. A powerful handheld console like the PSP coupled with a smart phone functionality would be something I would buy in a heart beat.

If I had the power to design the new PSP (iPSP)

Reuters recently reported that Sony is working on a Phone PSP. As I wrote a while back here, my dream PSP will be a combination of a smart phone and a gaming device.

Sony announced recently that its working on an Android powered Walkman. Also Sony announced that its open to non-gaming applications for the PSP. All of that tells that something good is cooking behind the scenes. An Android powered PSP would be awesome!!

Imagine of you had a GPS + Cell Phone + Handheld Gaming Console + Digital Camera + Record & Play Audio/Video + Browse the Internet + Email + Open & Edit Files all on the same device. Who needs Netbooks if you have such a device. You need to make sure that all your data is backed up so everything you have should be duplicated on a Cloud somewhere. I would use the Tegra 650 Mobile Graphics card from Nvidia. Getting 1080p HD quality on a mobile device will be a killer. It will be a battery killer too 🙂

Now that is a kitchen sink mobile device I would buy!

Playstation Phone a possibility (PSP+SmartPhone=iPSP)

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In a previous post, I wrote a little about my dream PSP + Smart Phone combo. This might not be too far fetched. Hideki (Dick) Komiyama, president of Sony Ericsson says here:

He expresses interest in Sony Ericsson carving out a niche for itself based on Sony’s strength in gaming. He says a PlayStation mobile, building on the Walkman and Cybershot phones, “could happen”.

Sony Ericsson never developed anything to compete with Apple’s iPhone. Being a Sony fanboy, I would love to see a PSP with smart phone capability. If Sony to have any chance in competing with the iPhone, they need to create a market for Independent developers to publish their applications. Creating an Operating system like the OS X for the iPhone is a huge undertaking. Sony is better off using an existing solution like Google Android.

The Palm Pre phone looks pretty compelling. It has multi-touch screen like the iPhone and the ability to have multiple activities open at the same time. Along with some advanced syncing for calendars and contacts and a full sliding keyboard.

Sony can attempt to copy Apple and offer two models. One that is for Gaming with no phone (same as iTouch) and one with a phone (call it iPSP). What do you think?

Update 5/25/09: If I was Sony, I would make sure that the new PSP can run most PS2 game out there. Imagine shadows of the colossus on PSP, that would be cool.