[IFA 2011] Sony Prototypes Android-based Walkman

Sep 1, 2011
Fumitada Takahashi, Nikkei Electronics
The Android-based Walkman prototyped by Sony
The Android-based Walkman prototyped by Sony
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Sony Corp will exhibit a prototype of its "Walkman" portable music player based on Google Inc's Android software platform at IFA 2011, the largest consumer electronics trade show in Europe, which will take place in Berlin, Germany, from Sept 2, 2011.

The release date and price of the player have not been determined yet. It has a chassis similar to that of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB's "Xperia arc" smartphone and functions designed exclusively for portable music players.

The prototype comes with a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive LCD panel with a pixel count of 800 x 640. In addition to a function to play music as a normal music player, it can play music streamed from Sony's "Music Unlimited" music distribution service by using a wireless LAN function.

Sony realized a function to output played music to a large-screen TV by using the "DLNA" technical standard, which is for exchanging digital contents via a home network. The prototype can also display movies and pictures. And it is possible to install applications software for Android and run them on the player.

Furthermore, Sony made some improvements in terms of hardware. For example, it equipped the portable music player with the "S-Master MX," a digital amplifier that the company developed for mobile devices, to enhance sound quality.