Is Sony working on an Android-based PlayStation tablet?

Summary:Sony has been fairly silent on the tablet PC front while its rivals have been falling all over themselves to announce competitors to the iPad. But the electronics giant may be readying an Android 3.

Sony has been fairly silent on the tablet PC front while its rivals have been falling all over themselves to announce competitors to the iPad. But the electronics giant may be readying an Android 3.0 tablet that will be PlayStation Certified.

According to Fudzilla, the slate, which will use the latest version of Android -- dubbed Honeycomb -- may appear as early as this summer, though it's unclear if it would launch in Japan first before hitting the U.S. later in the year.

Sony has already announced its PlayStation Suite platform for Android devices, which will offer classic PlayStation titles as downloadable content and also allow developers to create new games using the environment.

Given the popularity of the PlayStation brand, offering a PS tablet would probably be a shrewd move on the part of Sony to make its Android tablet stand out. It's too early to know, however, if such a tablet would bring anything new to the table in terms of hardware or gaming friendliness that could really set it apart. If Sony plans to enter a crowded space months after competitors will have rival slates on the market, it better kick things up a notch.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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