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UIQ files for bankruptcy

UIQ Technology, a mobile phone software company jointly owned by Motorola and Sony Ericsson, has filed for bankruptcy in a district court in Sweden. The outlook for UIQ, which focuses on developing an open user interface, has looked bleak ever since the Symbian Foundation was formed last year and Nokia, which now fully owns Symbian, […]

Three handset vendors duke it out for third place

As the credit crunch hits global mobile phone sales hard, the battle for third place has turned into a three way fight between Sony Ericsson, Motorola and LG. Swedish-Japanese joint venture Sony Ericsson gained the edge in the third quarter, with 24.8 million devices shipped, giving it a market share of 8.1 per cent. But […]

Gadget makers agree to common energy rating

The world’s biggest handset vendors got together on Wednesday to launch a common energy rating system for mobile phone chargers, cluing consumers into the best, and worst performing models. The five star rating system was developed and is supported by Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson, under an industry wide initiative to reduce the […]

Sony Ericsson digs its heels in

Despite the economic turbulence, handset vendor Sony Ericsson managed to turn in a smaller than expected third quarter loss. At Eur25m the company’s quarterly loss compared to a profit of Eur267m in the same period last year, and follows a second quarter slide which sparked a Eur300m cost saving exercise. Third quarter sales hit Eur2.8bn, […]

Sony Ericsson starts slashing workforce

Handset vendor Sony Ericsson has been dishing out the bad news this week, after deciding which of its 2,000 employees will be out of a job. The firm announced the cuts after a significant slide in profits during the second quarter, causing it to commit to a Eur300m cost saving plan over the next 12 […]

Sony Ericsson ups its game with unlimited music

Fifth placed handset vendor Sony Ericsson looked hopeful this week, refreshing its handset portfolio and getting in on the services game with an unlimited music offering. The Japanese-Swedish joint venture has been on the back foot this year, having been overtaken by Korean rival LG, and losing market share to stronger competitor portfolios. Despite the […]

Sony Ericsson Xperia due out this month

Mobile handset manufacturer Sony Ericsson said Wednesday that its first Microsoft Windows Mobile-based device will debut at the end of September. The Xperia X1, which was first unveiled at World Congress in February, will hit shelves in the UK, Germany and Sweden on September 30. It is the first Sony Ericsson device to use Windows […]

Sony Ericsson delivers Flash-Java platform

Handset vendor Sony Ericsson has released an SDK (software development kit) for its hybrid technology that bridges the Adobe Flash Lite and Java ME development platforms. The Project Capuchin SDK and associated APIs aim to make it possible for developers to combine the best attributes of both software stacks to create content-rich mobile applications. This […]

Sony Ericsson soldiers on

Swedish Japanese handset JV Sony Ericsson launches three new Walkman phones today. However, yesterday’s poor second quarter turn out – when the firm announced a massive slide in profits and the loss of 2000 jobs – will cast a huge shadow over the latest additions. The launch of the W902, W595 and W302, and seven music […]

Sony Ericsson in new profit warning

Fourth placed mobile handset vendor Sony Ericsson warned of continued market pressures this week, as the Japanese / Swedish joint venture said it would only break even during the second quarter. The company said that its net sales and net income before taxes would continue to be negatively affected by poor sales of its mid […]

Sony Ericsson sets out its stall

Japanese-Swedish handset JV Sony Ericsson is continuing to plough ahead with its strategy for specialist dual-usage phones. This morning the fifth placed handset OEM announced the launch five new handsets included among which are the world’s first 8.1 megapixel camera phone and a dedicated gaming device featuring motion sensor technology. Other terminals in the summer […]

Sony Ericsson still has eyes on top three spot

Fourth placed handset vendor Sony Ericsson posted a strong set of results on Wednesday, shifting over 100 million units for the first time in 2007. For the full year, net income climbed slightly from Eur997m to Eur1.1bn, with sales increasing from Eur11bn to Eur13bn. Units shipped in the fourth quarter reached 30.8 million, an 18 […]

Tennis ace Sharapova signs for Sony Ericsson

Fourth placed mobile handset vendor, Sony Ericsson, announced Sunday that it has signed an exclusive four year sponsorship agreement with female tennis ace, Maria Sharapova. The 20 year old Russian, who is ranked as the fifth best female player in the world, will feature in a series of new consumer brand campaigns targeted at Sony […]

New Year; new handsets

It’s a good thing the gargantuan industry shindig that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place in the first week of January. While much of the mobile industry is still rousing itself from its festive slumber, we can always rely on a torrent of gadget launches to keep us going. And this year, Motorola […]

Sony Ericsson revamps music shop; shows new devices

Japanese Swedish joint venture, Sony Ericsson, jumped on the mobile music bandwagon on Wednesday, with an overhaul of its PlayNow music store. The next generation PlayNow store will allow consumers access to a greatly expanded range of content, discoverable through features such as TrackID, which allows users to search for songs using snippets of lyrics. […]

Moto buys into UIQ

Troubled US vendor Motorola has bought half of mobile user interface company UIQ, going into joint ownership of the firm with Sony Ericsson. Sony Ericsson bought the Swedish software firm UIQ Technology from Symbian, for an undisclosed sum in November last year. Under the agreement, announced Monday, Motorola and Sony Ericsson will work together and […]

Sony Ericsson disappoints

Mobile handset vendor Sony Ericsson had some disappointing news to announce on Thursday, with profit for the third quarter dropping from Eur298m a year ago to Eur267m. Sales on the other hand, increased 7 per cent from Eur2.9bn a year ago to Eur3.1bn in the third quarter, Units shipped in the quarter reached approximately 26 […]

Vendors club together for storage shake up

A handful of kit manufacturers got together on Thursday in support of an industry specification for removable memory cards and embedded memory being standardized by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, an open standards organisation in the semiconductor industry. Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Micron Technology, Spansion, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments are among the backers […]

Flint to leave Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson, the handset joint venture, has announced that its president, Miles Flint, is to step down in order to pursue other interests. From November 1st this year, Flint will be replaced by Hideki ‘Dick’ Komiyama, who is currently chairman of Sony Electronics Inc, USA, and executive vice president for Electronics Marketing and Sales Strategies […]

Sony PSP handset out by Christmas

Competition in the handset space is looking increasingly more heated towards the end of the year, with Sony hinting that its PlayStation Portable mobile phone will be ready before Christmas. Earlier this year, an application filed by Sony Ericsson, popped up on the US Patent and Trademark Office website. The accompanying diagrams show a device […]