September 15th: Sony Ericsson claims, “the way you listen to music changes forever” on September 21st. September 21st: Sony Ericsson announces the MH907 motion-controlled headphones and 99.999999999999% of the world will continue listening to music the same old way. Don’t get us wrong — the new “SensMe” technology SE introduced today is kind of nifty. Basically, it allows you to control music playback and call handling by removing and replacing one of your ear buds. Ok that’s cool we suppose, but it begs the question: Is removing and replacing an ear bud to control your headset more or less convenient than simply tapping a button? We’re going to go with less. The novelty factor is certainly there though, so if you have a Sony Ericsson phone — yes, this headset will only work with SE phones — at least you have something interesting to look forward to. No pricing or release information has been made available.
Steve Richter! Our friends at AT&T pinged us earlier this month to see if we wanted to give away a new Sony Ericsson W518a to celebrate the launch of its AT&T Share Facebook app. We wouldn’t dream of depriving our readers of the chance to win a shiny new handset of course, so we were happy to oblige. Steve’s comment was randomly chosen as the winner earlier this week and he will be receiving his new Sony Ericsson W518a some time next week. Woo hoo! There you have it boys and girls; if you haven’t already checked out the AT&T Share Facebook app, we definitely recommend that you do so. After all, there are plenty more prizes to be had — why should Steve have all the fun?
What’s better than scoring a shiny new phone? Scoring a shiny new phone for free, of course… AT&T is hitting Facebook hot and heavy these days and why wouldn’t it? After all, Facebook is where all the cool kids hang out, or so we hear, and they spend plenty of time there. Here’s a thought: Why not take a break from stalking your ex-girlfriend from high school — dude, it’s not going to happen — and actually use Facebook for something productive? You know, like winning free stuff for example. Hit the jump to learn about AT&T’s new Facebook app and for your chance to win a free Sony Ericsson W518a from your pals here at BGR.
Following a rough morning for our friends in Finland, things are looking even worse just to the west. Sony Ericsson’s Q2 2009 was, in short, a disaster. To start, it shipped just over half the handsets it did a year ago — 13.8 million compared to 24.4 million in Q2 2008. That figure is also down from 14.5 in Q1 2009. Sales were down to €1.7 billion from €2.8 billion a year ago and where income is concerned, SE lost €213 million in the quarter. Sheesh. The silver lining on this incredibly dark cloud is that Q1 saw the company lose €293 million so at least the bleeding has slowed a bit. Dick Komiyama, President of Sony Ericsson, had this to say:
As expected, the second quarter was challenging and we still believe the remainder of the year will be difficult for Sony Ericsson. Our focus remains on bringing the company back to profitability and growth as quickly as possible, and our performance is starting to improve due to our cost reduction activities. The new product portfolio that integrates communications, entertainment and social media applications should contribute to healthier topline development when shipments start later this year. We remain confident that the actions we are taking will further improve our financial situation and strengthen Sony Ericsson’s competitiveness.
Well lookie what we have here — a few juicy new images of Sony Ericsson’s second Xperia handset, the X2, have just surfaced over on the Esato forums. Looking stellar in a full silver overcoat, the X2 shows off its sleek design and PC-like keys. These are indeed the first device-on shots of the X2 so we also get a glimpse of the handset running Windows Mobile 6.5 in all of its glory. To refresh your memory, here are the rumored specs as reported earlier this week:
- 8.1mpx auto focus, VGA @ 30fps (MP4 HQ)
- 3.5-inch WVGA OLED (increased from 3.0 from X1)
- GPS, aGPS
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Faster processor
- 512 RAM
- Custom Windows Mobile 6.5 (SE engineers customized Win6.5 which runs very. very speedy. in par with iPhone and better in some cases)
- XPERIA Panels are modified with plenty of innovative features (PS3 remote play being one of them)
- Upgrading to Windows Mobile 7 is supported by Xperia panels
Presuming Sony Ericsson can manage to ship this puppy some time before Window Mobile 9 drops, it should definitely compete well with other high-end WinMo handsets due to hit the market soon. Hit the jump for more shots.
We’re sure you hate it every time tech bloggers say “take this with a grain of salt,” but you’re just going to have to take this with a grain of salt. According to the folks over a mobile.se, a German PR rep for Sony Ericsson has gone on the record to state that the Idou — a Symbian-powered device with a 3.5″ touchscreen, monstrous 12 megapixel camera and GPS — is slated to commence retail sales in October with November being the fall-back date. When asked for comments, Gustaf Brusewitz of Sony Ericsson Sweden would only reconfirm the companies previous commitment to ship the Idou “sometime in the second half of the year,” something that we hope means that the Idou will go on sale well before Christmas to help the struggling Japanse/Swedish owned company get back on its feet. Besides, wouldn’t it be nice to have a 12 megapixel camera phone in your pocket on Halloween to document your best friend almost blowing his hand off with an M-80? Yeah, that’d be so sweet.
It looks like another sweet handset is making its way to Best Buy Mobile and will be exclusive to the mega-retailer. So, before you jump out of your seat and head to Best Buy, let us make this clear: The black Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a is only available online! We scooped you earlier this week when we learned that the silver X1a was coming to Best Buy stores around the country and now that we know pre-orders start November 13 from Sony as well, the streets are obviously going to be flooded with silver models. At $800 a pop, who wouldn’t get one? If you want to separate yourself from the inevitable hoards of silver X1a owners, black is the only way to go. No solid date for when it’s going to show up online and become available yet, but we imagine it’ll be around the same time the silver model hits brick and mortar Best Buys. So is anyone going to log on and pick one of these up when it’s available? Hit the jump for a bigger shot.
Rumors had been floating around about the Hikaru a while back and the project was thought to be scrapped. It looks like Sony Ericsson broke out the defibrillators because this 8 megapixel gem has a pulse once again. Even though we’ve already hit the 8 megapixel mark, there’s definitely always room for another high-end shooter. At this point, it almost seems like SE can do no wrong – what with the Xperia and Walkman phones out on the loose. We’re not quite sure what category this phone will be in but you know the camera will likely be hawt as most SE camera phones are, and it will be packing at least 8 GB of internal storage. The slider might be a QWERTY or alphanumeric, but one would image it would be the former since it’s coming standard on so many phones these days. So far, details and images are limited (the mockup there was done by Unwired View) but you know we’ll be on it like no one else.
Thanks Alex R!
These days, it seems having your own music store or app store is all the rage. Sony Ericsson wants in on the party and is going to release its own music store in just a few weeks. The only problem is SE’s new Play Now Plus (the music store, duh) is only going to be released in Sweden with planned expansion for most of Western Europe in the first quarter of 2009 and the rest of the world during the second quarter. That means we still have time and perhaps other music stores, such as iTunes and Amazon’s new music store for the G1, will take off and give SE a hard time catching up. However, the idea is to compete with Nokia’s all-you-can-eat Comes with Music plan and launches October 17 in Great Britain. We’d say keep an eye out for these services but with the mobile music market saturated as it is, these might just slip under the radar and fade into oblivion.
Thanks, Jon P!