BGR Interview: Sony Ericsson President of North America Paul Hamnett

By on December 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM.

BGR Interview: Sony Ericsson President of North America Paul Hamnett

We recently sat down with Sony Ericsson President of North America Paul Hamnett to discuss the company’s future as a wholly-owned division of Sony Corporation, its upcoming smartphones and strategy pertaining to the U.S. market, Sony Electronics’ “four screen” opportunity, and much more. Check out the full video interview after the break. More →

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V now available unlocked in U.S.

By on November 15, 2011 at 11:05 PM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V now available unlocked in U.S.

Sony Ericsson announced on Tuesday that its Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V are now available unlocked in the United States from Sony Store locations. The Xperia arc S runs Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, an 8.1-megapixel camera, a 4.2-inch “Reality” display and support for 3D and 2D sweep panorama photography. The Xperia arc S is available in white, black, blue and silver for $529.99 without a contract. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia neo V also runs Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and has a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing camera for video chats. It is available in white, silver and blue for $349.99 unlocked. Both phones will be available from other retailers, such as Newegg, beginning in early December. As a side note, Sony Ericsson also recently announced that its 2011 family of Xperia-branded smartphones will all be updated to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) at a later date, so both the Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V should receive the update at some point. Read on for the full press release from Sony Ericsson. More →

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Sony will pay €1.05 billion to de-Ericsson its mobile joint venture

By on October 27, 2011 at 8:30 AM.

Sony will pay €1.05 billion to de-Ericsson its mobile joint venture

Ericsson on Thursday announced that it has agreed to sell its stake in Sony Ericsson to Sony Corporation for €1.05 billion in cash. The deal is in line with earlier reports. Sony will become the sole owner of the mobile company, and it will integrate Sony Ericsson devices into its “broad platform of network-connected consumer electronics products.” The deal also includes a cross-licensing and ownership agreement agreement whereby Sony will have access to a number of related patents. “This acquisition makes sense for Sony and Ericsson, and it will make the difference for consumers, who want to connect with content wherever they are, whenever they want. With a vibrant smartphone business and by gaining access to important strategic IP, notably a broad cross-license agreement, our four-screen strategy is in place. We can more rapidly and more widely offer consumers smartphones, laptops, tablets and televisions that seamlessly connect with one another and open up new worlds of online entertainment.” Ericsson’s full press release follows below. More →

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Apple expected to launch 4G LTE-enabled iPhone next year, report claims

By on October 25, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

Apple expected to launch 4G LTE-enabled iPhone next year, report claims

Apple is expected to launch a new version of its popular iPhone handset next year that will include an embedded 4G LTE radio. In line with numerous rumors to the same effect, DigiTimes on Tuesday reported that Apple is prepping a 4G LTE-compatible iPhone that is expected by its anonymous industry sources to launch in 2012. The report also claimed that Nokia, RIM and Sony Ericsson will launch LTE phones next year, joining popular LTE-enabled smartphone vendors Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG. Citing the GSMA, DigiTimes notes that there are currently 35 live LTE networks around the world and that number is expected to surpass 100 by the end of 2012. Market research firm In-Stat expects shipments of 4G LTE handsets to surpass 154 million units in 2015. More →

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Sony Ericsson sales, net income slide in Q3; smartphones primary focus in 2012

By on October 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM.

Sony Ericsson sales, net income slide in Q3; smartphones primary focus in 2012

Sony Ericsson reported its third-quarter results on Friday and while several figures suggest the company is on the upswing quarter-over-quarter, its net income and shipments were still down compared to the same quarter in 2010. The company shipped 9.5 million devices during the quarter, up 33% from the 7.6 million it shipped last quarter but down from the 10.4 million it shipped during the third quarter last year. It attributed the decline to fewer feature phone shipments as the company continues to pivot its focus to smartphones. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia family of devices accounted for more than 80% of its sales and 22 million such devices have shipped to date. “We will continue to invest in the smartphone market, shifting the entire portfolio to smartphones during 2012,” Sony Ericsson president and CEO Bert Nordberg said. Net income for the quarter fell €49 million from the third quarter of 2010, but increased €50 million from the second quarter. Read on for the full press release from Sony Ericsson. More →

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Sony reportedly buying out Ericsson stake in Sony Ericsson

By on October 6, 2011 at 5:30 PM.

Sony reportedly buying out Ericsson stake in Sony Ericsson

Rumors of Sony’s plan to purchase Ericsson’s stake in the companies’ joint Sony Ericsson venture have come and gone over the years, but a new report claims the deed is nearly done. Sony is nearing a deal to take complete control of the cell phone vendor according to The Wall Street Journal, and analysts estimate that Ericsson’s 50% share of the JV could be worth between $1.3 billion and $1.7 billion. The report states that Sony intends to integrate the Sony Ericsson smartphone business with its tablet, gaming and computer operations in order to save on costs and create more complementary devices. Sony Ericsson reported a net loss of €50 million in the second quarter of 2011. More →

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Sony Ericsson CEO: We underestimated the iPhone

By on October 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

Sony Ericsson CEO: We underestimated the iPhone

Sony Ericsson’s CEO Bert Nordberg recently sat down for an interview with The Wall Street Journal during which he said his company “should have taken the iPhone more seriously when it arrived in 2007.” Norgberg reiterated Sony Ericsson’s intentions to dissolve its feature phone business by the middle of next year as it focuses more on building out Android and broadening its U.S. portfolio. “By now, some 70% of our sales stem from smartphones and some time in the middle of next year, I estimate that we will be a complete smartphone company,” he said. Read on for more More →

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Sony Ericsson Xperia ray now available unlocked in U.S. for $430

By on September 30, 2011 at 9:45 PM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray now available unlocked in U.S. for $430

Sony Ericsson announced on Friday that its Xperia ray Android smartphone is now available unlocked in the United States for $429.99. It is equipped with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), an 8.1-megapixel camera, a VGA front-facing camera for video chats, a 3.3-inch Reality Display with an 854 x 480-pixel resolution, 512MB of RAM, a 4GB microSD card, an aluminum frame and a 1GHz processor. The Xperia ray can be purchased from Newegg’s website as well as through other online retailers. It is available in gold, black, white and pink. Sony Ericsson’s press announcement follows below. More →

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AT&T to launch Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G on September 18th for $49.99

By on September 8, 2011 at 9:30 PM.

AT&T to launch Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G on September 18th for $49.99

AT&T announced on Thursday that it will begin to sell Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play 4G gaming smartphone on September 18th for $49.99 with a new two-year contract. We’ve already reviewed the Xperia Play for Verizon Wireless and AT&T’s version isn’t much different, save for its support for the carrier’s HSPA+ data network. The phone runs Androd 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and is powered by a 1GHz processor and an Adreno 205 GPU. It is equipped with a 4-inch 854 x 480-pixel display, a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera for video chats and a full slide-out game pad. The Xperia Play 4G will come preloaded with Dungeon Defends Second Wave, Asphalt 6, Star Battalion, Madden NFL, The Sims 3, Tower Bloxx and Crash Bandicoot. Xperia Play 4G owners can purchase additional games from the “Get Games” application, which is home to 150 different titles. Read on for the full press release from Sony Ericsson. More →

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Sony Ericsson announces 3D-capable Xperia arc S

By on September 1, 2011 at 3:15 AM.

Sony Ericsson announces 3D-capable Xperia arc S

Sony officially announced the Xperia arc S, a high-end Android smartphone, during the IFA trade show in Berlin on Wednesday. The Xperia arc S is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, the ability to shoot 3D and 3D panorama pictures, 8GB of storage, an 8.1-megapixel camera and a 4.3-inch Reality display with an 854 x 480-pixel resoluteness. The handset runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and has access to Sony’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited storefronts. Sony did not provide pricing details for the Xperia arc S but said the phone will be available in select global markets during the fourth quarter of this year in white, blue, silver, black and pink. Read on for the full press release. More →

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Sony Ericsson unveils 'Live with Walkman' Android phone

By on August 22, 2011 at 7:20 AM.

Sony Ericsson unveils 'Live with Walkman' Android phone

Sony Ericsson on Monday unveiled its latest Android smartphone, dubbed “Live with Walkman.” With a name almost as catchy as Nokia’s failed “Comes with Music” offering, the new Live with Walkman smartphone is powered by Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and a 1GHz processor. Other spec highlights include a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera, Sony’s xLOUD audio and a Walkman music experience featuring integration with various social networks. “Consumers want smartphones to deliver a rich and social entertainment experience. Rather than a one dimensional music experience, they want instant and seamless access to new content, combined with the ability to share and connect with their friends,” said Sony Ericsson’s head of product marketing Nikolaus Scheurer in a statement. “The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman provides exactly this, in a powerful package with great style.” Sony Ericsson’s full press release follows below. More →

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Nokia CEO wary of Motorola/Google deal, warns Google's Android partners

By on August 17, 2011 at 11:25 PM.

Nokia CEO wary of Motorola/Google deal, warns Google's Android partners

Speaking during a seminar in Helsinki, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop gave a gloomy response to Google’s planned $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility. “If I happened to be someone who was an Android manufacturer or an operator, or anyone with a stake in that environment, I would be picking up my phone and calling certain executives at Google and say ‘I see signs of danger ahead,'” Elop said. “The very first reaction I had was very clearly the importance of the third ecosystem and the importance of the partnership that we announced on February 11, it is more clear than ever,” Elop added, noting Nokia’s recent agreement to launch smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. HTC, Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson all voiced support for the merger, which Google’s CEO Larry Page said will help it in its patent battles against Microsoft and Apple. More →

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Verizon: Google's Motorola purchase could bring stability to patent wars

By on August 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM.

Verizon: Google's Motorola purchase could bring stability to patent wars

Verizon Communications’ senior vice president and deputy general counsel John Thorne discussed Verizon’s opinion on Google’s planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility with The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. “We will be looking with interest as further details of the proposed transaction become clear,” Throne said. “But, at first glance, to the extent that this deal might bring some stability to the ongoing smartphone patent disputes, that would be a welcome development.” On Monday, Google CEO Larry Page said the purchase will bolster Google’s patent portfolio and will allow the company to better “protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.” Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between Verizon and Vodafone, kicked off its Android offering when it announced the first Motorola DROID in October, 2009. T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T have yet to voice opinions on the planned purchase, but execs from HTC, Samsung LG and Sony Ericsson all offered statements in support of the deal on Monday.

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