With the stock dropped a record 70% this year and a massive plan for worldwide lay off and manufactory restructuring. Sony is trying to explore other opportunities especially in the mobile segment. Sony for the longest time, has relied only on UIQ platform running on top of the Symbian OS, But we have seen Sony’s first attempt to Windows Mobile with the Xperia X1 and now Sony is . joining the Android Open Handset Alliance promising an Android powered handset soon. Note Sony is among the some other new members Toshiba, Vodafone, Asus, Ericsson, and Garmin that also joint the alliance.
“Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform,” said Rikko Sakaguchi, CVP and head of Creation and Development at Sony Ericsson. “We believe Sony Ericsson can bring a wealth of experience in making consumer focused multimedia handsets with new user experience to the Alliance drawing on the successes of the Walkman and Cyber-shot sub-brands. Sony Ericsson is a strong supporter of open operating systems and we believe the Open Handset Alliance offers an exciting opportunity for a new and unique user experience only Sony Ericsson can deliver.”