Sony Ericsson has declared that, while it considers that the Android operating system, which is predicted to perform well this year, important, the company will not be releasing a compatible mobile phone in the near future. This is an intriguing and, to many, a puzzling stance from one of the world's major producers of mobile technology. Especially when most of its competitors are either releasing or are on the brink of releasing new Android-compatible handsets.
"It [Android] does require a lot of evaluation, as well as a lot of testing, a lot of acceptance from a consumer viewpoint and there is still some time to go," Chief Executive Hideki Komiyama told Reuters in a recent interview. "Looking ahead I think that we see this as one of the important operating systems, there is no doubt," he said. "Our focus is on how can we differentiate from the competitors using the same operating system."
This statement was released among continuing rumours that Sony Ericsson is to outsource the production of an Android handset at the end of this year for sale by Orange UK in time for Christmas 2009.
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