In an effort to streamline the development of their mobile products, Sony may adopt Google's Android OS for future versions of their Walkman audio players, mobile phones, and mobile Internet devices such as the
The move to Android may also help to hasten products to market, allowing Sony's developers to repurpose apps and interface designs between products. Sony's latest Walkman, the iPod Touch-rivaling
As one of only a few mobile phone manufacturers who also produce portable media players (Samsung being another), Sony is in a unique position to enjoy the spoils of integrating its mobile products using a single platform with open standards. If they succeed, Sony may be one of the first to release an Android-based portable media player.
With the increasing sophistication of the iPod and its competitors, the Android OS may become an attractive option for manufacturers beyond Sony, as well. Companies such as Samsung, Archos, SanDisk, Philips, Creative, and Cowon, are all looking for an angle to compete against the iPod. Android may prove hard to resist as a shortcut toward an Internet-connected music platform with support for third-party applications.