Sony Ericsson is ditching
the Symbian operating system in favour of the Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms, leaving
Nokia as the only major handset manufacturer backing the Symbian system.
However, Sony Ericsson
will not develop a Windows Phone 7 smartphone in time for the Christmas rush, leaving
it lagging behind its competitors HTC, Samsung and LG.
Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg confirmed the manufacturer would be dropping Symbian during a
conference call following the company’s Q3 results last week. Nordberg also
confirmed the company will produce a Windows Phone 7 for 2011.
The manufacturer is expected to test its first
Windows Phone 7 to destruction before it is launched in 2011 to avoid a repeat
of the glitches which dogged its Satio smartphone last year. The company has
made huge progress this year with the delivery of its Android driven Xperia
portfolio, which has delivered increased profits for the company.
Sony Ericsson reported Q3 handset
sales down but profit up as its smartphone strategy started to take hold.
The company shipped 10.4
million handsets during the period – down 26% from a year earlier and down 5%
on Q2. Sales were €1.6bn, slightly down on the same quarter in 2009 and
down 9% sequentially.