Sony Ericsson drops Symbian for Android

Sony Ericsson has confirmed it has no plans to launch handsets using the Symbian mobile operating system in preference to the Google-backed Android OS.

Although the company reports that its latest Vivaz devices, which use Symbian, perform well, its latest flagship devices from the Xperia range all use Android.

The confirmation followed remarks made by Sony Ericsson CTO Jan Uddenfeldt to the Swedish press last week.

Sony Ericsson reported that a boost in Android shipments helped it achieve a second consecutive quarterly profit earlier in the year.

CEO Bert Nordberg said, “I want us to have the biggest share of Android phone sales in the world. If you look globally, the competition is really between Android and the iPhone. We currently have three operating systems that we use and I would like that to go down to two, with most of our activity going on Android.”

The move comes as Symbian, the most commonly used OS in the world, loses favour with mobile app developers, wary of the platform fragmentation often involved.

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