HTC smartphones will become the first non-Sony devices to receive PlayStation certification, according to reports from British tech site Pocket-Lint. Citing its own insider sources, the site claims that an announcement will be made later this year.
So far PlayStation certification, which allows PlayStation titles to be played through an Android-based compatibility layer, has only been available on a selection of Sony and Sony Ericsson devices. The Xperia Play was the first to launch, followed by the Xperia Arc and Xperia Acro, then later the Sony Tablet S and Tablet P. Scoring PS certification would be a boon for HTC, as it looks to differentiate its 2012 line-up after a difficult Q4. HTC is expected to show off new handsets at Mobile World Congress, possibly including the "Ville" and "Endeavor", which we've seen in recent online leaks.
As with any major announcement of this kind, it's possible that we'll see it at MWC, however today's reports indicate that an announcement during the second half of the year is more likely. Be sure to keep watching AC over the next couple of weeks for all the latest MWC developments.