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Will Sony switch to Vita OS from Android?

0. phoneArena 12 Feb 2012, 22:16 posted on

Losing money with Android, would Sony ever consider using the Vita OS for its smartphones and tablets? Sony's incoming President and CEO Kazuo Hirai has been hinting at such a plan, although any switch to it from Android is well in the future...

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posted on 12 Feb 2012, 22:31 1

1. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


they shouldnt bdw

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 04:08 3

22. rf1975 (Posts: 242; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Why they shouldn't? If they can make their own OS it is better. If Apple, Samsung & Google can make why other companies can't.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 04:47 7

24. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


if Microsoft is failing even with full support from Nokia how can they succeed? they will only waste their money

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 22:34 8

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it wouldn't really do Sony any good to pull out from Android while they're this deep. a Vita UI with Vita features would be a better idea.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 22:38 4

3. BioTek (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


If they manage to create a worthwhile OS then I honestly wouldn't mind; it would simply be another OS for me to want to test out. I might even prefer it as my main OS. Still, I don't think they should switch entirely to the Vita OS. The Xperia series should stick with Android.

To have Vita as the name for an OS is also interesting. I've been a fan of the Latin language for a very long time.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 22:40 2

4. Luuthian (Posts: 210; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Personally I think the better idea would have been to design the Vita with Android, but it's obviously too late for that.

Either way, Vita or Droid, it doesn't matter. There will be no unified experience amongst Sony platforms until they decide on a singular OS to run everything under. They can tout their five screen plan as much as they want, but so far I've nothing but hideous amounts of fragmentation.

Microsoft is WAY ahead of Sony on this one. Sony can recover, but this is going to be a massive uphilol battle over the next three years or so. Especially when platforms like the Vita are designed with a five year plus cycle in mind. At least with cell phones and tablets they can change their mind in the course of a single year.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 22:46

5. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 265; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


how about make a skin like vita and implement it in android.

or just make some phones vita phones some phones android phones.

OR just dont do anything at all.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 23:21

6. jove39 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


well...just use it for gaming phones!

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 23:30 2

7. Netolic (Posts: 139; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Answer is no. Stick with android.

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 23:31 2

8. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


it will be awesome.
But it will be more awesome to release a vita os for computers.
Then that will be a true unified experience.
People are afraid to try different os'. I love ubuntu and gentoo on computers.
They all are cool

posted on 12 Feb 2012, 23:58 1

9. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


music player OS on my phone? no thanks
Handheld gaming OS on my phone? nope
Desktop OS? nah

i'll stay with android. BTW i just got the CM9 beta on my g2x. and it is amazing!

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 00:07

10. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 01:31 1

11. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Go WP and be a serious oem competitor. Besides, there's little fierce competition.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 03:47

21. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I wish since I love my WP7 so giving you the thumbs up! But that's not gonna happen because PS2 will be eaten up by Xbox. I think Sony should stick with Android and continue to try produce great Androids. They've already started to do that for 2012. Unfortunately all they could hope for is to earn a little money. I think there's only room for one big Android oem and another smaller one. Samsung is the big one and HTC the smaller one at the moment, but could also be Motorola down the line.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 05:09 1

25. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Xbox live is now both on Android and iOS. Why not a playstaion tile/hub on WP? Sony should not stick with Android. The game is beyond their reach. Their phones cannot and is not standing Out against the rest. They need to start fresh with something new and young. WP is it. They do not need to do anything but provide with awesome hardware and design, just like Nokia. SONY AND Nokia are probably two of the best hardware producers I think, especially camera.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 01:38 1

12. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Or perhaps it's because people are returning Android handsets at a faster rate because of its high turnover.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 01:59 5

13. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


DO NOT FEED THE TROLL

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 04:13 2

23. rf1975 (Posts: 242; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


All the OS has its goods and bads. You can not find any Perfect OS out there in the market. What you can do is select one which suite your requirement.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 02:08

14. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Many users above said Vita should have been design with Android.
I totally agree with that.
If you read PS VITA review here are the Pros and Cons, that's my opinion btw
Pros
- Solid Built Quality
- High Quality Gaming
The graphic is between (PS2-PS3)
- Remote Play with your PS3

Cons
- Bad Battery Life
- Horrible Browser
- WiFi suitable to download Vita Games which are over 4GB or use your PS3 to download via PSN which is now SEN
- High Graphic with no Anti-Aliasing, the borders looks like crap but the screen covers part of it.
- Expensive Memory Cards
- Vita screen is 960x544, but games are made for 720x408, therefore they need to scale the game. The scaling and stretching is visible. Games are not in native resolution.

It's too early for Vita OS to land on smartphone as it has proven itself only in gaming and it was design with gaming in mind. It will atleast need 2yrs of optimization for smartphone.
Good luck Sony with so many bad decisions you made.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 02:09

15. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Many users above said Vita should have been design with Android.
I totally agree with that.
If you read PS VITA review here are the Pros and Cons, that's my opinion btw
Pros
- Solid Built Quality
- High Quality Gaming
The graphic is between (PS2-PS3)
- Remote Play with your PS3

Cons
- Bad Battery Life
- Horrible Browser
- WiFi suitable to download Vita Games which are over 4GB or use your PS3 to download via PSN which is now SEN
- High Graphic with no Anti-Aliasing, the borders looks like crap but the screen covers part of it.
- Expensive Memory Cards
- Vita screen is 960x544, but games are made for 720x408, therefore they need to scale the game. The scaling and stretching is visible. Games are not in native resolution.

It's too early for Vita OS to land on smartphone as it has proven itself only in gaming and it was design with gaming in mind. It will atleast need 2yrs of optimization for smartphone.
Good luck Sony with so many bad decisions you made.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 02:19 1

16. aliugd (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


What???!!!
VITA OS?
Samsung should sue Sony over "VITA OS" name (TARR web server)
===================================
(words only): SAMSUNG VITA OS

Standard Character claim: Yes

Current Status: A third request for extension of time to file a Statement of Use has been granted.

Date of Status: 2011-12-15

Filing Date: 2009-10-22

The Notice of Allowance Date is: 2010-07-06

Transformed into a National Application: No

Registration Date: (DATE NOT AVAILABLE)

Register: Principal

Law Office Assigned: LAW OFFICE 108

Attorney Assigned:
CARL III FRED

Current Location: 700 -Intent To Use Section

Date In Location: 2011-06-22

International Class: 009
Class Status: Active
Mobile phones; mobile phone operating system software installed in mobile phones
Basis: 1(b)
First Use Date: (DATE NOT AVAILABLE)
First Use in Commerce Date: (DATE NOT AVAILABLE)

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 02:52 2

17. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


aliugd just thumbs himself up.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 10:43

27. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


How can you tell? I am.curious how to bust someone out about that.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 02:54

18. haikallp (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It's not bout the UI and features about Vita OS but the app availabilty..They have to create from scratch.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 03:00

19. ilia1986 (unregistered)


If they make it OS (Open Source) - it's possible. Otherwise - better stick with Android. Oh, yeah and release some phones with updated specs. Like - you know- NOT single core. That could help erase your red ink.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 03:07

20. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Vita is hardly even an OS at this point.. it could work only if they expand it by 8 fold order of magnitude and make it compatible with android apps

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 07:32

26. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 424; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


it would be better if a smartphone is fitted with android and VitaOS. like a double boot computer

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 10:48 2

28. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Samsung, one of the largest handset makers in the history of mobile, has Bada as a near exclusive in some markets and it does post a profit. I could see Vita maybe filling that role for Sony over time. But replace Android? Makes no sense. If you can't make cash with an established, world class OS that is free how are you going to do it developing your own OS with no app support and with very little resources?

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 02:42

29. cordawgfrito (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)


Sony should not. What Sony should do is in the US get their phones onto at least the 4 big carriers. They need to stop making their phones AT&T exclusive. I had AT&T and had Sony Android phone. It was the best Android phone I had ever owned. I switched to Sprint because AT&T was to high. If Sprint was to carry a Sony Android phone I would get it in a heart beat. What Sony should do is create a flagship phone like Samsung's Galaxy S and HTC'S One, and Apple's iPhone. Release it to as many carriers as possible. In particular the big 4.

However I do think Sony needs to make a laptop/desktop computer Operating System. If they did that I would be first in line to buy. If Sony was to make their own computer OS then I would say yes for then they can make Vita OS for phones. but they need to make a VITA OS or whatever they to call it for desktops

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