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Sony, LG, Windows make smartphone gains

Microsoft’s Windows OS now has 8.4 per cent of the UK smartphone market, while demand for lower cost devices in Southern Italy is being exploited by Sony and LG. Macro economic conditions and increasing diversity in operators’ subsidy strategies are creating contrasts in device vendors’ performances market by market.

Consuming content on the move

Soichiro Saida, Senior Director – Service Portfolio & Territory Strategy, Sony Network Entertainment, talks to telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum about getting content to consumers on the move. Saida talks about the challenges in creating a user experience that works across any device and any form factor.

Sony moving in right direction

Sony Mobile has every reason to believe it can edge towards a recovery with its latest range of Xperia handsets, launched this week at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, also known as IFA.

Google planning aggressive Nexus push

In a bid to propagate Android devices even further into the market, Google is preparing to launch a range of Nexus devices with various hardware partners in the final quarter of the year, according to a leaked memo from Japanese operator NTT Docomo.

Sony Mobile cuts 1,000 jobs flees Sweden

Struggling handset manufacturer Sony Mobile Communications on Thursday announced plans to reduce its global head count by 15 per cent or about 1,000 staff, as it reboots its operation structure. To further distance itself from the failed partnership with Ericsson, Sony Mobile will also move its corporate headquarters and certain other functions from Lund, Sweden, to Tokyo, Japan.

Sony struggling with handset business

Following its acquisition of Ericsson’s 50 per cent share in Sony-Ericsson, Sony’s mobile unit has posted a staggering €1.15bn ($1.48bn) loss for the year ending March 31, 2012. This is in contrast to the €74m profit that Sony-Ericsson made a year earlier.

Sony “credible alternative” to Apple says head of UK and Ireland

Operators are looking for an alternative to Apple as the “leading brand in terms of entertainment today” and Sony “has the assets” to position it as such as the battle for consumer loyalty moves to the living room. That’s the view of Sony’s head of mobile in the UK and Ireland as the Japanese vendor makes a renewed assault on the mobile space – the first time Sony has been in the handset market as a solo brand for ten years.

Sony intros own brand Xperias

Whilst Sony Ericsson devices were still being ranged last month at CES in Las Vegas, the company has now gone it alone at MWC with its first Sony branded devices. Building on its XPERIA branded Android phones, the company has announced three smartphones, the XPERIA S, P and U, which help it segment across price and feature tiers.

Sony names PlayStation champion Kaz Hirai as CEO

Japanese electronics firm Sony has announced that is has appointed Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai as its new president and CEO. The former president of the Consumer Products and Services Group, credited with making PlayStation a household name, Sony will assume his new role on April 1, replacing current president and CEO Sir Howard Stringer, who will become chairman of the Board of Directors in June.

Sony Ericsson posts $265m quarterly loss

Sony will face a tough time turning around the fortunes of Sony Ericsson, which it will soon own outright, after the handset manufacturer posted a staggering net loss of €207m ($265m) for 4Q11. The loss is in contrast to the €8m profit the firm posted in the same quarter a year earlier.

Google plans IPTV push in 2012 with new partnerships

Google has announced new hardware manufacturers that have joined it as partners for its IPTV service Google TV. LG is the biggest name to join the Google TV ecosystem this year and will unveil a new line of Google TV sets running on its own L9 chipset at CES in Las Vegas next week.

Vodafone chosen as European provider for Sony PlayStation Vita 3G

Vodafone and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have announced a partnership that will see the UK headquartered international carrier become the ‘preferred partner’ to provide connectivity for the 3G version of Sony’s forthcoming portable gaming console. The deal extends across Europe, taking in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Vodafone’s Partner in France (SFR), as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

Ericsson offloads Sony Ericsson stake to Sony

The owners of handset joint venture Sony Ericsson are to part company, with Japanese electronics firm Sony acquiring the 50 per cent share of the JV held by Sweden’s Ericsson for €1.05bn. The announcement comes ten years after the formation of Sony Ericsson, which saw two struggling handset units combined in the hope of marrying Sony’s consumer electronics expertise and Ericsson’s telecoms experience.

Sony unveils Android tablet models

Japanese electronics firm Sony formally joined the tablet fray this week, with two Android tablets, likely paving the way for a new flurry of lawsuits over form factor.

Industry giants gang up on Google to win Nortel patents

The bunfight for Nortel’s patent chest concluded yesterday, with Chief Strategy Officer George Riedel’s announcement that “following a very robust auction”, the winning bid came from a buyer too big for even Google to take on. Following months of speculation and a $900m kick-off bid from Mountain View, the booty has gone to a consortium that reads like a Who’s Who of the tech industry: Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM and Sony. Even with names like that in the mix, the $4.5bn price paid is still pretty eye-watering or, as Nortel’s Riedel preferred to put it, “unprecedented.”

Sony goes it alone for Android tablets

Japanese electronics giant Sony has made a foray into the Android tablet space with two devices devoid of any Ericsson branding. The company has shown off prototypes of the two devices, which will be available in the autumn, but is keeping the development in house rather than through its handset joint venture, Sony Ericsson.

Apple, Sony target connected home

Further blurring the boundaries between the communications and internet worlds, disruptive US firm Apple has unveiled a music oriented social network that is bundled in with iTunes.

Sony wheels out own wireless transfer tech.

Japanese electronics giant Sony has lifted the curtain on its TransferJet close proximity wireless connectivity technology, going up against existing standards such as Bluetooth and even Wireless USB. The proprietary technology will allow for the high speed transfer of large data files, such as photos or HD video, between devices such as mobile phones, digital […]

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