Reports have reached us that Panasonic, the Japanese electronics giant, is looking to enter into the global mobile market next year, with a new handset release.
However, rather than launch with a propriety operating system such as Nokia's own Symbian (which is working on an open source version of its operating system, incidentally) or a third party model like Microsoft's Windows Mobile (version 6.5 is almost upon us), the manufacturer is looking to join the Android throng by releasing a phone - or range of phones - based on that open source, said the Tech-on website.
Director of Mobile Terminal Business Unit at Panasonic Mobile Communications Co Ltd Keisuke Ishii said: 'The global market for smartphones based on open source platforms including Android will reach 100 million units in three years. 'We are discussing specific measures to succeed in such a large market.'
Although the company wouldn't offer a specific release date, Panasonic did give a proposed target date. Ishii sais: 'We are seriously considering developing an Android-based handset and entering overseas mobile phone markets in fiscal 2010.'
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