Sony Ericsson has decided to put its manufacturing muscle behind Android while keeping a "watching brief" on the development of Microsoft's still nascent Windows Phone 7.
Steve Walker, acting head of global marketing at Sony Ericsson, told Pocket-lint that although Sony Ericsson launched a number of phones running on Windows Mobile 6, it will not be launching a Windows Phone 7 device in the near future. Instead, the company will continue to "engage with Microsoft" and "keep an open mind towards Windows Phone 7."
Walker noted that Sony Ericsson wants to focus on Android since the industry as a whole seems to be supporting Google's mobile OS. However, he was also quick to point out that there are a number of different ecosystems and it is likely that only some of them will "prevail." Clearly, Sony Ericsson has read the tea leaves and decided that Android is one of those "ecosystems."
Sony Ericsson has not always done the best job of ensuring that its devices are running the latest and greatest version of Android. However, Walked pointed out that Sony Ericsson did not anticipate their customers' reaction to delayed Android releases and said that SE's first year with the Android OS has been a "learning experience." Additionally, Android Police was informed at CES 2011 that Sony Ericsson will be committed to keeping its future Android smartphones up to date. Let's hope they are able to stay true to their promise and keep their phones up to date.