Will Sony switch to Vita OS from Android?

Will Sony switch to Vita OS from Android?
While Sony Ericsson was still dripping red ink in its last full year, despite an increase in unit shipments of 35%, one could surmise that perhaps Android is not a moneymaker for the company. Of course, it is too early to tell if high-end devices like the Sony Xperia S or Sony Xperia ion can turn that around. Buying out former joint venture partner Ericsson also can make a difference in the bottom line.

Just in case the red ink keeps flowing, Sony might have a plan on the horizon to replace Android with its own Vita OS, currently used on the PS Vita mobile device. Incoming Sony President and CEO Kazuo Hirai is supposedly giving thought to using the Vita OS on Sony smartphones and tablets. And while Vita OS could be a great gaming system in the future, it still would need a lot of work to be a well rounded operating system. Sony Senior VP Yoshio Matsumoto said, "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."

The lads at Phandroid tested out the PS Vita at CES and found it to be, "incredibly smooth and responsive. And while the OS is nowhere close to being as functional as Android, it has potential. Sony would need to work very hard on releasing a plethora of applications and services, though." But don't expect a change overnight. If something like this were to happen, it would require a lot more work on Sony's part and we are looking at years in the future, not weeks or even months.

source: AVWatch (translated), The Verge via Phandroid

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29 Comments

1. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

they shouldnt bdw

22. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

24. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

3. BioTek

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

4. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

5. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

6. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

well...just use it for gaming phones!

7. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Answer is no. Stick with android.

8. Jericho unregistered

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

9. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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!

10. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

11. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

21. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

25. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

12. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

13. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

DO NOT FEED THE TROLL

23. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

14. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

15. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

16. aliugd

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 13, 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)

17. Jericho unregistered

aliugd just thumbs himself up.

27. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

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

18. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

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.

20. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

26. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

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

28. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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?

29. cordawgfrito

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 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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