Sony Thinking About Replacing Android with Vita OS

Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s upcoming president and CEO, has recently hinted that Vita OS might make an appearance on future Sony phones and tablets. Vita OS is the operating system that powers the Playstation Vita. At a Q&A session with reporters Hirai stated that he doesn’t want people to forget that Vita OS is not just a gaming platform, but has the potential to be a powerful mobile OS as well.

Sony’s Senior Vice President, Yoshio Matsumoto, is reported as saying:

If you’re asking if we’ve made it in a way that’s expandable, so that it’s possible to apply to smartphones and tablets on top of achieving the high responsiveness we need for gaming devices — it is possible. That doesn’t mean that we’re applying it to smartphones and tablets at this point in time, but it’s been designed with expandability in mind.

Sony, who recently acquired Sony Ericsson, posted a $325 million loss for fiscal 2011, stating that intense competition in the lower end Android market has hurt their bottom line, despite a year-on-year increase in Xperia Android smartphone sales of a healthy 65%. Even though Matsumoto states that they’re not “applying it to smartphones and tablets at this point in time,” it makes perfect sense for them to start thinking about making the move. Focusing on what Sony does best… gaming… might provide a competitive advantage in a fierce market where unique differentiators are what can make the difference in whether a company sinks or swims.

It seems like Sony’s strategy is still not 100% decided, seeing as just last October Hirai was in discussions with non-Sony companies regarding use of their Playstation Suite for Android SDK.

What do you think? Should Sony stick it out with Android, or focus more on their Vita OS?

source: avwatch
via: theverge

About the Author: Ed Caggiani

Originally from the East Coast, Ed now makes his home in San Jose, California. His passion for technology started with his first ColecoVision and Atari gaming systems, and has grown stronger through Tandy computers, IBM clones, Palm Pilots, and PocketPCs. Ed's love for Android began with his first HTC Hero, then blossomed with the original Evo 4G, and now the Evo 3D and Motorola Xoom. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, and is now a professional User Experience Designer working in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ed enjoys video games, jamming on guitar, and spending time with his wife, two cats, and Logitech Revue.

  • Arnoldt2007

    I say good riddance. They did little in the way of innovation for Android and provided slow clunky updates for their devices.

  • Arnoldt2007

    I say good riddance. They did little in the way of innovation for Android and provided slow clunky updates for their devices.

  • Anonymous

    Just stick to what you do best which is hardware…

  • Afusef

    If they moved to. Vita OS they will lose a big ground of users that prefer android for its wide range market apps

  • Mahesh

    I second what Arnold has said.They did little to Android or enhancing the experience. My friends who are having Xperia are having the worst Android experience to share with. Contacts getting deleted now and then, Device reboot.. etc.. ( she opted for writing  down the names in notebook, Android in Sony is that horrible experience)

  • Fuzz One

    First I was like, “Vita is just horrible and would make their future worse”. Then I realized, my Xperia X10 is running on Android 2.3, and the lag on it is just IMBA! It just can’t handle Android. If you want Android, Sony Ericsson has to be some sort of last option on everyone’s list.

  • anon

    Loved the idea of the Xperia play but it was so far behind competition (android 2.2) and single core processor compated the dual core Sensation and Galaxy S2.

    Why anyone would consider entering the game at this late stage is beyond me. MS is struggling to make any headway, webOS and BBOS are virtually dead.

    Sony need to work with Google and create a Nexus Play or something that will dominate in specs and pledge to keep the OS up to date. Then you’d have a device that will live alongside the likes of the PSP. You can even use the networks to subsidise the price of the handset by having 3 or 4 year contracts.

    Even better, dual booting phone.

  • Sebastian Garcia Londoño

    i think that would be awesome to have a vita os in smarthphones, maybe with that in mind sony would make a better sony xperia play II, but i thnk that sony can’t abaandond android,  if you remeber there isa xperia, the xperia txt that have SE private os, and was launched the past year

  • Gregory Opera

    Sony are NOT going to change to “Vita OS” in the foreseeable future, and I have it on good authority that Sony are committed to Android for the long-term…

    You MAY see a “Vita OS” smartphone at some point, but it’s likely to be found in an updated version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY (“PlayStation phone”), not the bulk of Sony’s smartphones.

    Sony also have plans to release at least one Windows Phone smartphone in the medium-term future, but like a theoretical “Vista OS” smartphone, it’s just so that they can have the toes dipped in each pond… The primary focus will always be Android into the foreseeable future.

    Unless “Vita OS” or Windows Phone suddenly become “the next big thing” (incredibly unlikely), you will continue to see Android on most Sony smartphones, tablets and a range of other products that I cannot talk about at this time…

  • Penile Dissfunction

    I love this layout and i hope they switch, I have the Sony Ericsson Arc. And if it were to have Vita OS it would make my life