Poor Symbian finds itself almost all alone as on September 24th a Sony Ericsson spokesperson announced that the they would no longer support the Symbian operating system and have also stopped in-house development pertaining to it. "We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system."
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They have instead made the decision to adopt Android, but not exclusively. Sony Ericsson is still a member of the Symbian Foundation which is a group of handset manufacturers that have access to Symbian code for development purposes. Even so, this makes Nokia the only company left that supports Symbian which has been lagging behind in providing an innovative user interface and experience. Nokia is aware of these issues and has made improvements in the performance but has yet to address the major issues.
The Xperia X10 is the first Android-based Sony Ericsson phone and will also sport a uniquely customized user interface to set Ericsson phones apart. The version of Android currently used is severely outdated but upgrades to 2.1 are expected later this year. The move to Android could also mean that the rumors of a Playstation gaming smartphone running on the Android 3.0 gaming platform might be true.