Sony and Ericsson have just announced in a press release that the former will acquire Ericsson’s 50% stake in their Sony Ericsson partnership. This move will make Sony the sole owner of handset division, thus ending this long partnership.
This move will allow Sony to integrate its smartphones into their network-connected electronic devices like their BRAVIA TVs, Personal Computers and much more. Sony will also gain access to a broad intellectual property cross-licensing agreement covering all its products and services along with the ownership of five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology. Sony will need to pay Ericsson EUR 1.05 Million in cash for buying their 50% stake.
The transaction has already been approved by all the members of both the companies, and is expected to close in January 2012.
The Sony Ericsson partnership started way back on October 1, 2001, and comes to an end after a decade. Both the companies entered into the partnership to turn their unprofitable handset operations into a profit making business, and were successful to a certain extent. However, for the last few years, Sony Ericsson had been going through a tough time, and was suffering major losses.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is one of the most exciting Android smartphone to slated to be launched this year. It should be available soon, but thanks to Flipkart, we can pre-order it in India now.
It is priced at Rs 32,000 ($710) and will start shipping from the 2nd week of April. The pricing is a bit lower than the earlier suggested pricing of Rs 34,000, but it’s still quite steep.
It was announced at MWC in February and will support a library of exclusive PSP games created for the Xperia Play. It looks quite similar to the PSP Go, but sports much better hardware.
It comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display and a sliding gamepad. It has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and an Adreno 205 GPU. It also has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and will launch with more than 50 gaming titles.
Go ahead and book your Xperia Play right away. Game on!
When Windows Phone 7 was first announced by Microsoft, Sony Ericsson was named as a Windows Phone 7 partner by Microsoft, along with Samsung, HTC, LG and Dell. While each of the other manufacturers have launched their Windows Phone 7 devices, Sony Ericsson still hasn’t made any move in the WP7 market.
It has been quite loyal to Android so far, ditching even Symbian in the process. Today, images have leaked out which have captured a Sony Ericsson prototype slider phone running Windows Phone 7.
The prototype is labelled “Not for Sale” and has a nice sleek design with a sliding keyboard. It seems to be running a very old build of Windows Phone 7. This is rumored to be the Sony Ericsson Julie, a phone similar to the Xperia X10 with a QWERTY keyboard, a 4 inch display and a 1 GHz processor which was scrapped after Microsoft and Sony Ericsson failed to reach an agreement about Xbox Live.
We don’t know if Sony Ericsson plans to continue to work on the prototype and launch it though, considering that it would run Xbox Live and compete with the Playstation phone – the Xperia Play. Stay tuned for more updates.
Check out these leaked images of the Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 phone.
Mobile broadband is eventually catching up in India, thanks to 3G. However, consumers in India are yet to experience the next-generation broadband technology which was showcased by Reliance Industries Limited in association with Ericsson India at the first field trial of LTE-TDD (Long Term Evolution) mobile system technology.
The trial showcased LTE-TDD network’s exceptional performance by achieving healthy balanced peak rates of 80 Mbps for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads in the specified configuration/setup. The eco system capabilities were also showcased using ST Ericsson dongles connected over the air to the base station. Other applications such as HD Multimedia Streaming and LIVE TV was demonstrated with on-the-move vehicle speeds of 50 and 70 kilometers per hour!
With such high speeds on Mobile devices, consumers can now enjoy ultra-high data speeds for services such as internet TV, mobile video-blogging, online video games and the mobile office-environment.
The much awaited Sony Playstation phone has finally been spotted for real. The sighting happened somewhere in Greece, with someone shooting a spy video of the Sony Ericsson Z1 (yes, that’s what it will be officially called).
We don’t see those awesome sliding controls in this video, but the phone appears to be the real deal. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will come with a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display, with presumably a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It will also sport an 8 MP camera with LED flash.
The details of the rumored Sony Ericsson PSP Phone were first leaked about a month back. It is the first phone which sports a landscape slider design with gaming controls.
Today, a French blog received an invite to a press event by Sony Ericsson France which indicates that the PSP phone will be officially unveiled on December 9. The Playstation phone could launch just in time to make your Christmas shopping list.
The PSP phone will sport a 3.7 – 4.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and will come with a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
It looks like Sony Ericsson have something up their sleeves. The Japanese company has put a countdown timer on their website with the Smarter is comingtagline. Below the countdown timer is the image of a mysterious Xperia device. According to GSMArena, this mysterious Xperia device is none other than the Xperia X10.
The folks increased the brightness of the image in a photo editing software, and compared the picture to an Xperia X10. The similarity between the two devices were more than enough to confirm that the mysterious device is the Xperia X10. Maybe Sony Ericsson is talking about the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 here? After all, the update to the Android 2.1 OS will bring with it tons of new features to the X10. The Android 2.1 update will surely make the Xperia X10 smarter.
Sony Ericsson has already promised 720p HD video recording, DLNA and improved Timescape and MediaScape with the Android 2.1 update. The company promised to release the update sometime in Q3 of this year. We will come to know about this in 13 hours from now. Keep patience until then folks!