Sony to launch a Playstation branded smartphone with Google Android 3.0

 

Even though Sony has yet to release a 2+ Android OS smartphone, the company is hard at work at making a gaming orientated Android 3.0 Gaming Smartphone that carries the companies Playstation branding, according to Engadget.

Engadget's “trusted source” tells them that the phone is already in the late stages of planning, and that is being made to be a cross between the Samsung Captiva and the PSP Go.  It has a landscape slider with game controls in place of the standard QWERTY keyboard. With a standard gaming D-Pad, and instead of the joystick it utilizes a  “long touch pad” for analog controls, along side the standard PSP buttons.

The phone will likely sport a large 3.7 to 4.1 inch screen with WVGA or better screen resolution. It may offer a 5 megapixel camera that Engagdet says is not a final decision yet. It will likely have the 1GHz Snapdragon CPU on board, and is described as being mostly black with silver highlights. The gaming section of the phone will be white/silver in color, and is apparently carrying both the Xperia and Playstation branding.

“Pretty damn sexy” is how people who have seen the phone are describing it, the image above is simply a mock-up by Engadget, and does not give the phone justice. But is simply there to give people an idea of what the phone looks like.

The phone should contain Gingerbread (Android 3.0) with a Sony skin on top of it, as well an all new Android Market to accompany the device, which is aimed at the games available for the smartphone. Initially only available on the Sony device, these titles may be made available for other Android phones as well.

Games will be graphically in the range of PSX or PSP games, meaning true 3D gaming is headed to an Android capable phone. Titles currently being shown off seem to be focused around some older PSX as well as new PSP offerings, with games like God of War, Modern Warfare, and Little Big Planet  a possibility on the phone. Future plans for games consist of an augmented reality feature.

The phone may see a release as early as October this year, but they are unable to confirm this date.

Engadget ensures us that this is a true piece of tech, and if it is indeed true, then Google has finally found a solid entry into the gaming market for the Android platform. As well as delivering the much wanted Playstation Phone, which some have been waiting a long time for.

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The main problem with a portable console + cellphone is the battery. It is not a real deal if you run out of battery in your portable console / portable music / camera but, it is a serious problem for a cellphone.

I hope this has good battery life . This might just be what gets me off the iPhone if I can put it a full day's use (working with apps and talking) and then have some juice left for gaming. That, and storage needs to be HUGE. PSP games range from a paltry 20 MB all the way up to about 1.5 GB.

Funny that there already is a PSX emulator on the Android market. But, a slideout gamepad would be pretty awesome. The main problem with most of the Android action games I've seen thus far is poor controls. Painting a gamepad on the touchscreen just doesn't work well in my opinion.

Recently every smartphone is over obsessed with portable gaming! After the WP7 looking to integrate with Xbox 360 or seeking for developer to deliver a quality game. Now it's Android turn...with the help of SONY

That's awesome. I hope this comes into light soon. Though it's just a mock up, I think that design would be the perfect setup for this future phone.

Sony + Google = pure win. Anyone that says or thinks otherwise needs to have their head examined.

I guess they will not me making WP7 phones then....Actually, they can make a PlayStation Hub to compete with the XBox hub, how about that?

Good News: An actual gaming experience for Android
Bad News: This is S/E we're talking about, which means they'll release a Snapdragon-powered Android 3.0 device.......in May.

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My two favorite companies just did what Ive been asking for.If this isnt true I might jump off a cliff after getting my hopes up like that.

JaMDKinG said,
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My two favorite companies just did what Ive been asking for.If this isnt true I might jump off a cliff after getting my hopes up like that.


^This

TDQuiksilver said,
You guys do realize the above "mockup" is just a PSPGo photoshopped with a Samsung Captivate... right?

Yeah... but it shouldn't vary a lot from that style.

vice le von said,

Is something a reporter should take a stance? You smell just like CNN and FOX...jk

Well, considering he also writes for Android Guys, I would sat it's pretty obvious where he stands

Remember is just a mockup. But I believe that's possible, is as if it's a normal PSP with a Mobile Network Antenna + Android 3.0. I believe they'll do the same move as Apple:
iPhone
iPod Touch.
I believe is the same thing:
PSP Phone
PSP

Jose_49 said,
Remember is just a mockup. But I believe that's possible, is as if it's a normal PSP with a Mobile Network Antenna + Android 3.0. I believe they'll do the same move as Apple:
iPhone
iPod Touch.
I believe is the same thing:
PSP Phone
PSP

exactly my thought...

wow this is a pretty bold move here by sony, people have been asking for a phone on their psp's for a long time.

axebox said,
No analogue keyboard. No qwerty keyboard. Dunno.

iPhone is pure touch screen and it still sells crazy.

-This mock up looks awesome, I'd def buy it..only if it has analog stick + good battery life.

MaSx said,

iPhone is pure touch screen and it still sells crazy.

-This mock up looks awesome, I'd def buy it..only if it has analog stick + good battery life.


Most android-phones have touch keyboards - this is not new when it comes to keyboards.