While not a complete denial regarding the rumored Android Playstation Phone that has been under development, leaked, rumored about and basically beat down with a stick, Sony during their earnings call were asked about whether this device was real. Instead of answering with a denial of its existence, Sony talked about how it would happen.
According to Engadget either Executive VP / CFO Masaru Kato or Senior General Manager of Investor Relations Division Gen Tsuchikawa answered the question and while the translation may not be perfect, it is pretty interesting to have them talking about how they would actually go about prototyping and producing the device instead of flat out denying its existence. Of course this is a long stretch but it isn’t a denial!
Also interestingly enough they talked about possible tablets. A Sony tablet would be something else as they tend to dump all the best hardware they can into their devices whether PC, Playstation or otherwise. Unfortunately that also makes the price higher half the time. That tablet would be a pretty pricey gadget I would think.
Either way you look at it, it is a very interesting response for some higher up people at Sony. Don’t forget Sony Ericsson a few months back said they had some exciting plans for Android. You can read and take what you will from the full quote below:
It’s not that we are not looking into those markets as well. We will look into those markets in trying to develop strategy for the future. Of course, we can’t talk about specific products, but smartphones and tablets… it is difficult to tell you how we can put the games on them, but they are not going to be planned in different parts of our company. When we organized ourselves last April, we introduced network services, and within that umbrella, network services, all of these products are handled. Therefore, the planning and the prototypes for various content [are] all carried out within this… one umbrellas. So we are trying to figure out what we can do as Sony in this market. I think this is as far as I can tell you regarding these products at market.
There [are] so many different elements. There is Sony Ericsson and there is SCE. They moved from Aoyama, the design and headquarters had to come to Sony City. Of course this contributes to savings on rent on an office… but they are [also] closer to the planning and engineering group of Sony, and I think we can better incorporate all of these capabilities better… so when the timing is right we can probably announce [to] you about the new product that we have.
As for tablet, and this, too, we will not be able to tell you when and what kind of product. But obviously as a mobile strategy, this occupies a very important position. On one hand there is PC, and on the other hand there is [the] joint venture with Ericsson on smartphone and for the games devices. And tablets, some fall somewhere in between, and it is true Apple has led the market, but when we are to enter the market, we would like to put a Sony character onto the… a new product, and that is the effort we are making right now. Therefore I think you can hope for a very good product to come out.
Website Referenced: Engadget