Says it is looking forward to future handsets that would be based on Android
Sony Ericsson's renewed stint with Symbian seems to have ended (for the time being) as the company has revealed that it does not intend to develop new smartphones based on Symbian in the near future. This makes the Vivaz and the Vivaz Pro - the last handsets from Sony Ericsson to use Symbian.
"We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system," a Sony Ericsson spokesperson told Bloomberg.
The reason for Sony Ericsson's shift is obviously Android which is currently growing faster than any other smartphone platform out there. And it seems Sony Ericsson doesn't wish to be left behind. Sony Ericsson's chief creation officer, Rikko Sakaguch has confirmed that the company is looking forward to future handsets that would be based on Android. Interestingly, this comes just a week after Nokia's outgoing executive vice president Ansii Vanjokki had termed that companies opting for Android will only get short term gains.
Sony Ericsson's earlier tryst with Symbian was when it used UIQ on its high end smartphones like the P800, P900, P910 and the P1i. While Sony Ericsson is still a member of the Symbian Foundation, looks like the company would only focus on it when it has something really promising up its sleeves. Let's hope Symbian^4 doesn't disappoint!