Apple’s leader Steve Jobs has often conceded his respect for Sony, but scored a home run around the Japanese consumer electronics company when he introduced the iPod, after which the rest is now history. Now Sony plans a fightback, running to the cold embrace of Google’s Android for a future iPhone competitor (probably).

News this morning is that Sony is attempting to hire Android engineers at its London offices. They’ll work in the mobile gaming division.

The move follows a gaggle of rumors this summer which claimed some earlier moves to link Android up with some form of PSP phone.

The latest job description seeks someone with experience with Android apps, cloud services and developing software-as-a-service. A stated focus on online gaming lends even more weight to the notion of an Android-powered PSP phone connected to the PlayStation network.

The Android versus Apple game seems set to become more complex, however, as Microsoft overnight has leaked that it intends expanding its Zune into Europe, in advance of the next edition Windows phone software launch.

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