Nokia Windows Phones to pack dual-core processors

By on May 20, 2011 at 9:45 PM.

Nokia Windows Phones to pack dual-core processors

Nokia will launch 12 Windows Phone devices in 2012 — and a few of them will offer dual-core processors. Speaking to Forbes during STMicroelectronics’ analyst day, STMicroelectronics’ CEO Carlo Bozotti confirmed that his company still has “very close relations” with Nokia and that it will be “an important supplier” in Nokia’s future Windows Phone products. A few of Nokia’s phones will be powered by ST-Ericsson’s U8500 system-on-a-chip (SoC) package, which offers support ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processors. Nokia is said to already have a Windows Phone in the works, and while the company has set a 2012 target date for its debut, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has expressed interest in shipping it before the end of 2011. More →

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Xperia PLAY game sales have been unimpressive

By on May 14, 2011 at 7:00 AM.

Xperia PLAY game sales have been unimpressive

According to a report by CVG, Android Market downloads of games specifically designed to run on Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY handset have been extremely low. As evidence in its case, the report hones in on five Play titles that all have under 1,000 total Market downloads: Cool Boarders 2, 100–500; Destruction Derby, 500–1,000; Jumping Flash, 50–100; MediEvil, 100–500; and Syphon Filter, 100–500. Despite this, the handset’s creator is undeterred. “There’s no concerns, it’s a revolutionary device, it’s shaking up the market, we’re very pleased with it,” said Dominic Heil-Dwyer, head of market development at Sony Ericsson. “In terms of getting the PlayStation Certified program out, generally, we’re very happy. I think we’ll make a full assessment of if it has achieved our expectations fully, further down the line, so we’re very happy.” Launched in early April, the device pairs classic gaming controls with the now familiar large-touchscreen smartphone form factor. The Xperia PLAY is scheduled to make its Stateside debut on Verizon Wireless in the coming months. More →

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Sprint transition to LTE already underway, analyst claims

By on March 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM.

Sprint transition to LTE already underway, analyst claims

According to analysts at Gerson Lehrman Group, Sprint is already in the process of transitioning to LTE. In an analysis published Wednesday, the firm claims knowledge of “project leapfrog,” allegedly Sprint’s codename for the buildout of a new LTE network that will take place over the next several years. “Sprint has initiated project leapfrog with Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and Samsung to upgrade its network to LTE while also removing iDEN base stations and fully utilizing its 800MHz spectrum,” the report states. “This three year project is designed to leave Sprint with a competitive, nationwide LTE network while reducing operating costs.” The report follows earlier news that Sprint plans to finally shift the business it gained in acquiring Nextel off of its old iDEN network and onto its CDMA network. More →

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Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play coming to Verizon Wireless, says Wirefly

By on February 9, 2011 at 7:29 AM.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play coming to Verizon Wireless, says Wirefly

According to online wireless dealer Wirefly, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play handset — you know, the one with the slide out gaming controls — will be headed to Verizon Wireless. On a webpage comparing the iPhone 4 to SE’s latest creation, the site lists the Play’s carrier as Big Red. Sony Ericsson has a press event scheduled for Sunday, February 13th at 12:00PM ET in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. We can expect to get all the official details on availability there. More →

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Sony Xperia Play commercial gets outed, makes no sense [video]

By on February 3, 2011 at 10:39 AM.

Sony Xperia Play commercial gets outed, makes no sense [video]

Leave it up to Sony’s Playstation ads to really make you scratch your head, right? The first commercial for the new Xperia Play has surfaced — by way of DroidNYTT — and well, it involves some dark, shady, back-alley surgery on an Android robot… with a human hand. We’re not really going to describe it in depth for you, though, just check it out for yourselves and see what we mean. More →

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Bloomberg: PSP2 coming January 27th; Xperia Play in February

By on January 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM.

Bloomberg: PSP2 coming January 27th; Xperia Play in February

According to Bloomberg, citing “two people familiar with the matter,” Sony and Sony Ericsson will be releasing the PSP2 and Xperia Play smartphone in January and February respectively. The publication writes that the updated iteration of the company’s popular mobile gaming console will be released on January 27th; the company will also “outline a strategy to use its networked entertainment services to share games, movies and music among handheld products, TVs and other devices.” The article goes on to note that the Xperia Play handset, which has been anything but a secret, should get unveiled in February at Mobile World Congress. Unsurprisingly, Sony declined to comment on the report when contacted by Bloomberg. More →

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Sony Ericsson details Xperia Arc’s photographic prowess [video]

By on January 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM.

Sony Ericsson details Xperia Arc’s photographic prowess [video]

Sony Ericsson has gone through the trouble of creating a three minute thirty second video that showcases just what makes the 8 megapixel shooter on the Xperia Arc function at such a high level. SE details several improved features, such as an enhanced Sony sensor and f/2.4 aperture, that make the Arc’s camera ideal for indoor and low-light conditions. The camera has dozens of configurable options and, as an added bonus, the video was shot in 720p using a second Arc handset. Hit the jump, the video is waiting for you. More →

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Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play gets handled on videos, again

By on January 17, 2011 at 10:10 AM.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play gets handled on videos, again

Ah yes, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play handset — you have been anything but illusive. The unreleased, gaming-centric handset has made a cameo on two additional videos in two very exotic locations; a McDonalds and a parking lot. If you’re interested in seeing the Android handset strut its stuff on video yet again, hit the jump, the two clips are waiting for you. More →

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More images of Sony Ericsson’s new X10 Mini Pro surface

By on January 10, 2011 at 8:01 PM.

More images of Sony Ericsson’s new X10 Mini Pro surface

Chinese forum IT168 is at it again, with more leaked images of Sony Ericsson’s refreshed X10 Mini Pro. Previous rumors have the next-generation Mini Pro packing a 1GHz CPU with an independent GPU, 3-inch 320 x 480 pixel touchscreen display, and Google’s latest Android 2.3 operating system. From the images we’ve seen, it also looks like the hanset will have a front-facing camera for video calling and a rear-facing camera of an undisclosed pixel count (although judging by the “HD” label, we’re guessing it has to be at least 5 megapixels). There is one more picture of the device’s posterior after the break. Have a look and let us know what you think! More →

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Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play seen running PlayStation emulator on video

By on January 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play seen running PlayStation emulator on video

The gaming-centric Xperia Play, from Sony Ericsson, can’t seem to keep a low profile. In this latest leak, we are privy to a video of the Android device running a PlayStation emulator and showcasing several gaming titles — including Biohazard 2 and Rage Racer. While we don’t find out anything really new about the handset, it is nice to see the Play doing what it was designed to do, game. Hit the jump to check out the aforementioned video. More →

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PlayStation phone due in Spring of 2011?

By on December 28, 2010 at 1:34 PM.

PlayStation phone due in Spring of 2011?

A report filed today claims that Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation phone is set to launch in “spring of 2011″ — the article was published in the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. The publication goes on to state that the device will be “based on the PSPgo” and will “retain the PSP’s familiar gaming controls” — all of the leaked images and videos we’ve seen seem to confirm this as well. Sony has yet to comment on the previously aforementioned images and videos and declined to comment on Asahi Shimbun‘s report. “We do not comment on rumor or speculation,” noted a Sony spokeswoman. The PS phone, which will be powered by Android, is rumored to boast a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, microSD slot, and a special Sony Marketplace portal. Not to rain on Sony Ericsson’s parade, but a 1GHz processor in an Android handset might start to look pretty pedestrian after the Consumer Electronics Show next week and Mobile World Congress in February. More →

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Images of Sony Ericsson’s Hallon surface?

By on December 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM.

Images of Sony Ericsson’s Hallon surface?

According to rumors attached to the above photograph, what we are looking at is none other than Sony Ericsson’s Hallon handset. It is widely thought that Sony Ericsson will introduce several high-end handsets at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February. The device pictured has a front-facing camera, convex top, and is running an unknown version of Android (some outlets are reporting that the Hallon is running Gingerbread but it is difficult to clearly discern whether we are looking at Android 2.3 or a Sony Ericsson UI skin). The handset also features a top-mounted micro-USB port, similar to the one present on Galaxy S handsets. The Hallon will purportedly bear the model number MT15i; a model number that some have seen in their website user agent logs. With CES and MWC on the horizon, you can expect to see a barrage of new Android handsets from OEMs in the coming days and weeks. Who’s excited? More →

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Sony Ericsson post modest profits in Q3, $2.26 billion in sales

By on October 15, 2010 at 6:01 PM.

Sony Ericsson post modest profits in Q3, $2.26 billion in sales

Earlier today, mobile giant Sony Ericsson posted their third quarter financials via a conference call. The handset maker managed to eek out a third consecutive quarter of profits; bringing in $69 million in net income on sales of $2.26 billion. It’s not all sunshine in Japan/Sweden. The volume of handsets being shipped by SE did dip significantly. Chief Executive, Bert Nordberg, had the following to say: “Our strategy to focus on the smartphone segment is succeeding and smartphones now comprise more than 50% of our total sales. During the quarter, we launched our Android-based Xperia models in new markets, such as China and the U.S.”

Sony Ericcson has been — unsuccessfully — playing market share catch up over the past few months, but having named themselves as a partner for Window Mobile 7… it’s still game on. More →

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