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Google Nexus Two = Sony Ericsson Playstation Phone?

What if the Sony Ericsson Playstation Phone may turn out to the Google Nexus Two whose claimed existence has been discussed extensively over the last 48 hours.

Earlier this year, Sony Ericsson's Chief Executive, Bert Nordberg revealed that the company had refused to build the Google Nexus One, giving HTC the opportunity to do it and becoming Google's preferred Android Partner.

In 2010, the company has managed to launch four Android phones, all of them sporting the same antique Android OS 1.6 and has already said that it will no longer support Symbian.

This means that it has only Android and Windows Phone 7 to rely on and the senior management surely knows that it must do **something** fast in order to become a credible Android manufacturer, ahead of HTC, Samsung and Motorola.

Enter the Sony Ericsson Playstation Phone, which may have a bigger impact on the phone company as the Motorola Droid did for Motorola back in 2009, since it solves one of Google's biggest mobile conundrums, how to make gaming better than on the iPhone.

Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google and Mr. Android, told PC Mag (opens in new tab) during an interview a few months ago that the next version of Android will cater more for gaming, an area he thought was underserved by Froyo and the likes.

Given the pedigree of Sony, its very long experience in terms of portable gaming and its established user base of PSP gamers, it would only be natural if, after HTC's success, Google tried to convince Sony Ericsson to give it a go.

We were quire surprised to see Sony partner with Google on the Google TV project, so don't be flabbergasted if the Japanese giant goes ahead and extends its partnership with Google to the Playstation brand as well.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.