Rumor relevance still questionable
Despite really cool rumors that a mobile phone designed like a PSP was planning on reaching the states within the next three months, Sony has stated categorically that it won't happen.
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In an interview with the Seattle Times Sony Computer Entertainment America SVP Peter Dille was asked about the PSP phone rumors. "No new mobile launches this year," he said in response. "Our strategy is to maintain the PlayStation brand on Sony devices and provide experiences that are exclusive and proprietary."
So, no new devices this year, but what about next year? Clearly Dille was not eager to completely quash rumors that Sony was working on a PlayStation brand cell phone. It would make sense. After all, some of the latest Sony Ericsson mobile phones have the same "Remote Play" feature that the PSP has, allowing users to access some of their PS3 content remotely through a mobile data connection.
When the PSP first came out, some ingenious hackers were actually able to turn it into a phone. But ever since then, for five years, no one really talked about the possibility.
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The rumors said the PSP phone would use Google's Android operating system. Sony's mobile phone unit has previously used the Google platform so it would seem a likely choice. I guess we'll just have to wait until 2011 to see if things change.