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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Android Handset Now Available World Over Read more:

Someone should tell Sony Ericsson that there is no point manufacturing Android devices running on the basic Android version 1.6 as people really do not await them. The Xperia devices have always been tolerable when you consider the hardware part, but then, the OS always lets them down. Even the latest addition to the Android family, the Xperia X8, which has been announced for a global release fails to understand the importance of a high-end Android OS integration.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Android Handset Now Available World Over
The Xperia X8 is again running Android 1.6 and Sony Ericsson thinks that affordability is what bothers buyers more than the OS. The X8 is being touted as the most affordable Android handset from the Xperia lineage until date, but do potential buyers really care about the money when buying an Android handset is what Sony Ericsson should importantly think about.
The Xperia X8, just like the other models from this lineage, comes with the Android 2.1 up-gradation ‘promise’ and that upgrade will happen after the X10 gets updated implying that the wait will be eternal. Just in case you are still interested, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 would cost $300 (unlocked) for features like a 600MHz CPU, a 3-inch screen and a 3.2 megapixel fixed focus camera.

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HTC HD2 vs Sony Ericsson Xperia X10; Features & Specs Fight Read more:

Both mobiles are big, quite powerful and sleek enough to grab the eye of anyone standing near you, but which would be a better fit for you, the HTC HD2 or the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10? Here’s what you should know if you’re not really into mobiles or up to date.
HTC HD2 vs Sony Ericsson Xperia X10; Features & Specs Fight
Both the HTC HD2 features and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 features are similar, but there’s one big difference: the HD2 runs on Windows Mobile 6.5 (no chance to be upgrade to Windows Phone 7, though), while the Xperia X10 is using Google’s Android OS.
HTC HD2 vs Sony Ericsson Xperia X10; Features & Specs Fight
Another difference is that the HD2 has a larger screen (4.3-inch) while the X10 is a tad smaller with a 4-inch display. But then again, the X10 brags with an amazing camera and flash, that will take stunning images whenever you’re ready to press the button. So here’s a nice breakdown:
GET the Xperia X10 if you’re looking for a more stylish phone, more apps in the Android market, and a better camera.
DON’T GET the Xperia X10 if you’re into organizing apps and programs, if you don’t integrate an Internet connection with your phone, or if you’re not much into music or pictures.
On the other hand GET the HTC HD2 if the larger display appeals to you (great for videos for example) and if you’re into documents (sideshows, word, email).
Or DON’T GET the HTC HD2 if you don’t want a 5 inch phone in your pocket or if you don’t like the buttons on the bottom of the HTC HD2.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Gets Android 2.1 Upgrade in September Read more:

Sony Ericsson have confirmed that by the end of September, Xperia X10 owners will be able to install Android 2.1 Eclair on their handsets.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Gets Android 2.1 Upgrade in September
Although we can’t really call it an official announcement, as SE responded with a Tweet to a user asking when the update will happen, it’s good to finally hear that a beefy mobile phone like the Xperia X10 will no longer lack in terms of software.
@KOR_9S We can only confirm that the upgrade to Android 2.1 is due for release before the end of September this year. We hope this helps.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 just recently launched on August 15 on AT&T. Although it’s packed with goodies — like a 4.0-inch capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8.1 megapixel camera with autofocus, facial recognition, geotagging and image stabilization, accelerometer or a digital compass, just to name a few — the handset still runs the old Android 1.6 OS.
Which means you’re not using the updated browser UI with deeper HTML5 integration or the bettered virtual keyboard, and you can’t take advantage of all those hardware optimizations that come with Android 2.1, either.
Not sure about you folks, but I honestly think that Sony Ericsson is kind of late on this one.

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Samsung, Sony Ericsson roll out new smartphones

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By Tarmo Virki, European technology correspondent
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics and Sony Ericsson unveiled their new top smartphone models on Sunday, both hoping to improve their positions in the more lucrative part of the phone market.
Samsung, the world No 2 handset maker, unveiled its flagship smartphone model Wave -- using a new touch screen technology and the first phone to use its bada operating system.
"Samsung's commitment to Bada is underlined by the fact that it is using it to power its flagship product for the show but it's going to be an uphill struggle to get the developer community on board," said Ben Wood, research director at CCS Insight.
Earlier this month Samsung unveiled a plan to treble smartphone shipments in 2010 and promote its own bada software platform.
Analysts, however, have been doubtful of Samsung's efforts to belatedly build a new open platform. With limited volume, phones using bada will have difficulty attracting application developers or operator support.
"I think the ecosystem is just not ready yet," said analyst Carolina Milanesi from research firm Gartner.
Samsung said it plans to launch five to seven phone models using bada software in 2010.
Samsung and Sony Ericsson have seen consumers seeking Web and other PC-like functions increasingly turning away from their feature phones to computer-like smartphones from top vendors Nokia , Apple and Research In Motion.
JK Shin, the head of Samsung's mobile operations, told Reuters in an interview that with the help of bada - which can be used also in cheaper models -- the company would benefit from surging demand for new smartphones in emerging markets.
"I believe that the smartphone market will grow more than 20 percent every year for a three-year time frame, and the growth rate in emerging markets is much higher than that of advanced countries," he said in an interview.
JK Shin said the company could make phones for Google's Nexus lineup in the future, but Sony Ericsson Chief Executive Bert Nordberg said the company had turned down an offer to make phones for Google.
"(We) will only sell phones under our own brand," Nordberg said.
The world's fourth-largest phone maker Sony Ericsson, which has reported seven straight quarterly losses, unveiled three smartphone models, using Google's Android operating system in two of them, and Nokia's Symbian in one.
"Some of the obituaries that have been written on Sony Ericsson may be a little premature. There is no doubt the company still has challenges but these new products are a first step to help fuel a recovery," CCS's Wood said.
Sony Ericsson new mini smartphones remind consumers from last small models of Ericsson itself about a decade ago.
"I think the products are competitive and certainly encouraging. The user interface is pretty good and will help them over LG Electronics," said Gartner's Milanesi.
Sony Ericsson said it aims to return to profit as soon as possible. Analysts have said parent companies could be forced to put more money into the venture already during the first half.
"We firmly support Bert (Nordberg) and his leadership team," Sony's chief Howard Stringer told a news conference.
(Additional reporting by Nicola Leske and Niclas Mika; editing by Gunna Dickson)

LG commits to Windows Mobile

LG commits to Windows Mobile

Expect to see more Windows Mobile devices from LG, like the LG Incite.
(Credit: James Martin/CNET Networks)
Alongside the introduction of Windows Mobile 6.5, LG announced on opening day of the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2009 that it will make Windows Mobile the primary operating system for its smartphones and promised to significantly increase the production and distribution of such devices in the years to come.
In addition, Microsoft and LG have committed to creating joint research and development teams to work on these phones and ensure a tight integration between hardware and software.
To show its seriousness, LG said it will increase the number of Windows phones available in 2009 tenfold and will bring up to 26 new devices in 2012 alone. This means we could see more than 50 new Windows Mobile devices from LG, thanks to this agreement.
LG only released its first Windows Mobile smartphone in the United States last year (the LG Incite), so we'd be happy just to see anything beyond that, let alone a tenfold increase. In fact, the company has already announced its second device at GSMA 2009: the LG GM730. This will be a Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone that will be released in the first half of 2009, but LG added that it plans to ship Windows Mobile 6.5 devices in the second half of the year. We're still gathering more details about the LG GM730 so check back soon for a dedicated post.
By the way, do you think this is a good move for LG? Let me know your thoughts.

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Sony Ericsson to cut 2,000 jobs

Sony Ericsson to cut 2,000 jobs
Fri, Apr 17, 2009
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MOBILE phone maker Sony Ericsson on Friday said it would cut 2,000 more jobs after it swung to a loss of 293 million euros (S$576 million) in the first quarter of the year.
The group, which experienced losses in the third and fourth quarters of last year, had warned in March that its first-quarter figures would be weak because of recession in major economies that has hit demand for its handsets.
It vowed to deepen job cuts announced last year in a bid to reduce costs and return to profitability.
 additional cost saving program announced today will include a further reduction in the global workforce of approximately 2,000 people,' the company said in a statement.
The global economic slowdown has reduced demand for consumer electronics and established handset makers such as Sony Ericsson and market leader Nokia must also contend with the runaway success of Apple's iPhone, which dominates the high-end segment of the market.
Nokia reported a 90-per cent drop in its first-quarter net profit and a more than 25-percent decline in sales on Thursday.
Ericsson has been trying to focus its business on fast-growing emerging markets in order to reduce dependence on its traditional, near-saturation European zone.
As a result it has sold more low-end phones where prices are lower and the competition is tougher, analysts say, but it has lacked the products to make a splash in emerging markets such as China and India.
In the fourth quarter, it made a loss of 187 million euros. -- AFP