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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 […]

Sony adds Skype to PSP

Japanese electronics giant Sony beefed up its PlayStation Portable (PSP) gaming device on Monday, with confirmation that it is to add Skype VoIP functionality later this month. From January 24, Sony will make a firmware update available for the PSP-2000 series of devices, which includes the Lite and Slim models, containing the Skype internet telephony […]

iPhone to thumb wrestle with Nintendo DS?

As the news slows down for what is supposed be the summer ‘silly season’, the industry rumour mill seems to be speeding up. This time round, Apple is supposedly prepping its iPhone to be a portable gaming machine, wading into a market already dominated by the likes of Nintendo and, to a lesser degree, Sony. […]

PSP to become a phone

Electronics giant Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) said Wednesday that it has struck a deal with UK carrier BT, to turn the PlayStation Portable (PSP) gaming device into phone. The two companies have signed a four year contract to develop a raft of extra features for the handheld gadget, adding wireless broadband communications functions, including […]

Vendors asked to help fight crime

UK Home Secretary, John Reid, is reportedly planning to invite Apple and Sony to join a summit on gadget crime in the UK. Last week, figures from the British Crime Survey, revealed that overall levels of crime were roughly stable compared to the previous year. But street robberies had risen 8 per cent to 26,600 […]

Sony Ericsson opens up UIQ ownership

Sony Ericsson, which closed its acquisition of Symbian subsidiary UIQ Technology this week, has unveiled plans to open up the open up the software house to investors. At the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona on Wednesday, Sony Ericsson openly invited phone vendors to become shareholders in UIQ, which develops a user interface framework and application […]

Sony Ericsson stretches out

Japanese/Swedish handset vendor, Sony Ericsson, today unveiled a new handset range that saw it expand further into the entry level sector while adding to the mid- and top-tiers in which it has so far achieved its greatest successes. New models included two Cybershot camera phones, two Walkman music phones, two lower end ‘snapshot’ camera phones […]

Sony Ericsson tops the gaming charts

The Sony Ericsson W810i handset topped a list of handsets favoured by mobile gamers in the UK in 2006. Published by wap and web-based mobile gaming portal MobileRated, the top ten handsets for the year feature four Sony Ericsson terminals and four from Nokia. Motorola managed to just sneak one device in the top ten. […]

Sony Ericsson makes headway

Results released Wednesday morning show handset vendor Sony Ericsson making progress on its bid to shoulder Korean vendor Samsung out of the third place in the global market share rankings. In the final calendar quarter of 2006, the firm shipped 26 million units, up more than 60 per cent on the fourth quarter 2005 figure […]

Sony Ericsson targets low-cost Indian market

After its phenomenal rise in the mid-range mobile market, Sony Ericsson (SE) is turning its attention to the low cost sector in India where it has signed an agreement to make entry-level music phones. The handsets will use low-cost colour screens and will be manufactured in partnership with its outsourcing partners Flextronics and Foxconn in […]

Sony Ericsson satisfies

Sony Ericsson is the most satisfying mobile handset brand among US consumers who have owned their current mobile phone for less than two years, according to a new study. But competition was close fought, with figures from the JD Power and Associates 2006 US Wireless Mobile Phone Evaluation Study, showing that Sony Ericsson was closely […]

Sony Ericsson buys Symbian subsidiary

Sony Ericsson on Tuesday announced that it has reached agreement in principle to buy the Swedish software firm UIQ Technology AB, a subsidiary of the British operating system company, Symbian. UIQ Technology licenses its user interface and application development platform to mobile phone companies around the world and already has a close relationship with Sony […]

Sony announces Mylo

The US will be the first to get a taste of Sony’s first wifi communications gadget it says will allow users to chat, send text, browse the internet and listen to music. Dubbed ‘Mylo’ for ‘My Life Online’, Sony’s device is around the size of a PSP and is designed specifically to work in wifi […]

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