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Sony Ericsson’s recent membership to the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) has finally prompted it to come clean over rumours that it’s planning to launch a handset based on Google’s Android platform.

Rikko Sakaguchi, Corporate VP at Sony Ericsson, said it’s the company’s aim to “develop a handset based on the Android platform”, according to his OHA membership statement.

He added that SE’s a strong supporter of open operating systems, of which Android is one.

Speculation that SE was building up to such an announcement has been doing the rounds since the Android-based T-Mobile G1 was launched back in September. Following the unveiling, SE’s President, Dick Komiyama, said the firm was “certainly interested” in the Google phone platform.

SE’s still keeping mum about any specific Android phone details, though. But following an interview with one of SE’s PR executives, website Computer Sweden reports that the company will launch its first Android phone in summer 2009.

HTC would be an obvious route into the Android market for SE. The Taiwanese company developed the G1 and is also behind SE’s Windows Mobile-based Xperia smartphone.

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