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Struggling in the mobile market and praying like hell that consumers will buy their new portable gaming device Sony is set to take a stab at trying to take on the Apple iPad with a 9.4 inch tablet that has a Sony OS skin over an Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. The device will be PlayStation Certified making it a full-blown gaming tablet.Codenamed “S1”  internally, Sony is set to launch a Matias Duarte’s Honeycomb interface designed to its own specification. In the past Sony has admitted that they are “lousy” software developers. The company is banking on the device appealing to gamers and users who want to watch video and listen to music.

Engadget said: “We’ve been assured that Sony’s work is cutting edge stuff created by a talented engineering team spanning Sony’s VAIO, Reader, PlayStation, and Sony Ericsson product groups”.

Sony sources said that the development team is led by the same team developing VAIO notebooks. This is an external design company as Sony neither designs nor manufacturers their Vaio notebooks.

The same sources have said that the device will launch without VAIO branding.

According to one source, Sony’s custom-built transitions and UI elements have created a user experience that rivals, and at times improves upon, the iPad’s renowned experience. The tablet itself, we’re told, is 100 percent focused on Qriocity, Sony’s music, games, ebooks, and videos on demand service

 It comes preloaded with Sony PS One games, a Bravia Media Remote, and yes, PlayStation integration — though it’s unclear if that’ll be limited to Remote Play or if the Android tablet will be PlayStation Suite certified. One source speculates that it could very well get the PlayStation gaming seal of approval by the time it ships — but that’s just an educated guess.

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