New Sony Ericsson comes equipped with Android 3.0 gaming platform

Posted Aug 13, 2010 by Jason Smith
Android has not been known for having the most robust of platforms when it comes to gaming. With the new Sony Ericsson, however, Android may be in for a change in the gaming world.
The irony is that Sony has until now not even introduced an Android 2.0 device at all. Engadget reports that it received information from trust sources, and that the Sony is is actually developing and brand new gaming platform called "Ecosystem." Engadget adds that the device is probably being developed alongside Google and may be in the late stages of planning.
The device has been described as somewhat of a crossbreed between a Samsung Captivate and a PSP Go. In essence, it is a landscape glider that houses game controls, as opposed to typical keyboard that you will find on other devices. In place of a joystick will be what had been describe at a "long touch pad," which is used for analog controls. It will also have the standard PSP and shoulder buttons. The phone's display has been described as 3.7 to 4.1 inches with at least WVGA resolution. Sources say that it has been branded an Xperia device, but will carry PlayStation branding as well.
As for software, it has been said that it will be running Gingerbread (Android 3.0). Since graphics are said to be in the range of PSX and PSP games, it may pave the way for 3-D gaming with Android.
Engadget states that it is possible that both the device and Ecosystem could be released in October this year, but that information has not been confirmed.
Engadget added that this was no random rumor, and that in a way in makes perfect sense. Engadget stated:
Google gets a much-needed push into the gaming and entertainment space for Android, while Sony (via its partnership with Ericsson) finally delivers the PlayStation phone users have been wanting. We see it as a major win for both companies and the consumer... and we always need another distraction.