Sony is showing off a prototype of its Android-powered Walkman prototype at the IFA show in Berlin, and CNET got the first look.
Android-powered Sony Walkman
Sony's Android-powered Walkman brings many music-specific features. One of them is this W.Music app, shown here with a scattering of albums that will play when tapped. Swipe gestures bring new albums into view.
The Android-powered Walkman prototype includes a W.Button that provides quick access to music controls, even if the phone is locked. A person using another app can get to the controls faster than through the regular route of hitting the phone's home button then launching a music app.
Android-powered Sony Walkman dedicated music controls
One of the unique features of Sony's Android-powered Walkman is the W.Button, a button on the side of the device that lets people immediately access player controls. Music can be paused or restarted by tapping the center, and swipe gestures will move forward and backward through the music tracks.