Coming Soon: A PlayStation Portable Phone
December 29, 2010 at 8:16 AM (PT)
SONY is set to compete against APPLE's iPHONE and RIM's BLACKBERRY and other mobile phones through its videogame system. AFP reports that a PLAYSTATION PORTABLE smartphone will be launched in NORTH AMERICA and EUROPE as early as the spring, according to the Japanese newspaper ASAHI SHIMBUN's English edition.
Reportedly based on SONY's handheld PSP GO game console, the device would be made by SONY ERICSSON MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS and run GOOGLE's Android operating system. The PSP GO, launched in November 2009, already features software downloads through a wireless connection, allowing players to also browse the Internet, watch movies, play music and read books and comics.
The new PLAYSTATION handset would similarly work with SONY's online media platform, the company's answer to APPLE's iTUNES. SONY called the newspaper report "speculation" and declined to comment.