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Sony Ericsson: Mobile industry must galvanise behind Android ecosystem
(18/01/2011 14:25:24)

The mobile phone industry needs to embrace the Android operating system more heavily, Sony Ericsson has said.

According to the technology company, the sector as a whole must "galvanise behind the Android ecosystem to create a strong ecosystem for consumers".

This, it stated, is because only a certain number of operating systems that are competing in the current market will prevail.

Sony Ericsson said that developers are unlikely to throw their weight behind every single one, while consumers will also be reluctant to decide between 100 or more different options.

However, the company refused to rule out the possibility of using Windows Phone 7 in its future products.

Steven Walker, acting head of global marketing at Sony Ericsson, commented: "We absolutely maintain to keep an open mind towards Windows Phone 7.

"We continue to engage in a good relationship with Microsoft."

However, he said the company has not yet made any firm announcements about how and when this operating system would be added to its portfolio.

Speaking to Pocket-lint, Mr Walker stated that he does not believe Sony Ericsson should limit itself to "one opportunity".

He added that the mobile phone manufacturer is "keeping a watching brief" at the moment.

This comes after technology news website ElectricPig hailed the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc as one of the best Android smartphones that is currently on the market.

The site admitted that it had never previously rated the company's Android-based handsets that highly before.

However, ElectricPig said this latest product is "bang up to date" and boasts a number of good features, such as slim contours, an 8.1-megapixel camera and a 4.2-inch display screen.

The website added that all of the new handsets being showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month made use of the Android operating system.

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