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Sony looking at Android X-Series PMP?

Sony X Series to get Android upgrade?
Sony X Series to get Android upgrade?

Sony is apparently looking to turn Android into a PMP interface as it seeks to bite back in the media player wars against the mighty Apple.

A fairly interesting rumour is doing the rounds that the Japanese firm is looking at Google's mobile OS - which is already confirmed for a netbook - to power its range of PMPs.

The news comes after the announcement of Sony's X-Series Walkman last month, which wowed the crowds with a stunning OLED screen and impressive audio quality.

Concern

However, there's a growing concern in the PMP community that it's more about the software on board the device than the specs - just look at the success of the App Store on the iPod touch.

And in Android Sony would have access to a plethora of applications already in the Android Market, as well as the fact Sony Ericsson is already a member of the Open Handset Alliance, giving the parent company access to the OS.

There's no idea how realistic this idea - one that's been described as an 'open secret' - really is, but included is the idea that Sony will also extend the OS to a sat nav as well, which makes sense given how tightly integrated GPS is.

From Impress Watch via Gizmodo

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.