The head of Sony’s mobile unit revealed Sony’s new immediate smartphone goal in an investor meeting: “To make the business profitable even if we face declines in sales by 20 percent or 30 percent.”
Sony’s new camera phone comes with a beefed-up 5MP front shooter. It’s not for video-conferencing, though, it’s for self-portraits.
It’s the end of the road for a number of old Xperia phones, which will no longer be getting Android updates, according to Sony.
Sony isn’t dragging its feet now that Android 4.3 is available from Google. The handset maker has a list of which Xperia devices will see the new software and is even considering moving some Android 4.1 phones to the latest version.
Sony’s Xperia Z hit T-Mobile this week and is ready to take advantage of the carrier’s new LTE markets: Either in water or on dry land. LG is prepping for its G2 while the HTC One can now run either Sense or pure Android.
Sony is taking games beyond its own hardware with the Sony PlayStation Mobile platform. The game store opens today for Sony and Sony Xperia Android phones and tablets, with three HTC models to have access soon. Purchased games also run on Sony’s PS Vita.
A trio of Sony Mobile’s Xperia smartphones are now available in the U.S., but you won’t find them in carrier stores. Instead, the company is selling the full-priced phones directly to consumers through Sony Stores, and various web retailers; a tough sell in the U.S.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone, aimed at mobile gamers, has a new twist that could add more appeal: OnLive’s cloud gaming service now supports the slide-out gaming controls on the Android smartphone. Touchscreens certainly work for games, but button-mashing is best done on…. buttons.
Sony (NYSE: SNE) has declined to comment on reports that it is considering a bid to buy out Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC) from its Sony Ericsson han…
Customers pining for the Samsung Galaxy S II received good and bad news this week: Verizon won’t be carrying the phone, but may be looking at an LTE model. Xperia phones gain Android 2.3.4 starting in October, and a new 360-degree camera app makes the scene.