Sony PlayStation Phone Controls Spotted in Gingerbread SDK

December 7, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We have new info for those of you who are waiting anxiously for any news related to the rumored PlayStation Phone from Sony. The PlayStation Phone controls have appeared in the Android 2.3 SDK.

As you might already know, Google had released the Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” SDK earlier. Shortly after the release, several developers have noticed new code that appears to be related to buttons on Sony’s PlayStation controllers.

This new leak is the latest hint pointing towards the existence of the PlayStation Phone much anticipated by all the game lovers out there. The discovery has come after a series of rumors and leaks, including several videos and images showing a PlayStation handset with a control layout similar to that of the PSP Go.

The new code includes notable references to the four shoulder triggers found on the PlayStation controller, which are L1, L2, R1 and R2. But there is no sign of the PlayStation’s signature Square, Triangle, X and Circle buttons. It appears that Google decided to dub the buttons with more generic labels.

Earlier rumors suggest that the first PlayStation Phone will be the Sony Ericsson Z1, and it is expected to come equipped with a 1GHz Qualcomm processor and a 4-inch touchscreen. The company is also reported to be preparing a special section in the Android Market which will be dedicated to PlayStation games for the upcoming device.

The company may introduce the device sometime in the near future. So stay tuned to this space for more updates. No clue about the release date though.

In the meantime, you can check out the Android Developers website for taking a look at the reference section. Check it out here. And don’t forget to check out the leaked videos.

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