I bet chances are good you haven't owned a Sony smartphone in a dog's age. In fact if you live in the U.S. you may have never purchased one of the company's mobile communication devices, let alone fallen in love with one.
This isn't an enviable position to be in for any electronics manufacturer, especially one that harbors aspirations to regain its footing in the U.S. phone market. To turn things around, Sony killed its disappointing 10-year partnership with Swedish telecom giant Ericsson. It also announced plans for multiple new handsets running Android both at CES in January and recently at Mobile World Congress. … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--Stephen Sneeden, product marketing manager for Sony Mobile, told CNET Asia in an interview here at Mobile World Congress that he predicts the company will likely only release quad-core Sony smartphones in early 2013. He does, however, state that this is just his assumption--the company will make the official announcements when it's ready.
"We're going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency," he said. "Because right now we don't feel that is there. What we are going to be doing in the second half of the year is moving to the Cortex A15 architecture, which we feel outperforms the current quad-core architecture.
"You'll see in 2013, as we're evaluating the quad-core performance where it makes sense, where you're not suffering in quality and the performance truly is there, and there really is something that demanding applications need," he contiuned." That's when we make the right move to quad-core." … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--Sony Mobile Communications has a new strategy. Instead of announcing one killer phone at this year's Mobile World Congress, it's announcing a suite of devices that it hopes will attract a wider audience of consumers, particularly those at the low end.
Will the strategy work? It's hard to say. There's a lot of competition out there that will make it hard. Still, with full ownership from its former parent company Sony, executives say they're ready to spend big on making Sony's mobile phones a household brand.
Sony Ericsson (Sony Mobile's former name … Read more
At Mobile World Congress today, Sony unveiled two new Android handsets to complement its Xperia smartphone line. The Xperia P and Xperia U both run dual-core CPUs and sport the snazzy design found on the Xperia S. The devices are expected to ship this week in Spain; they'll also feature NFC chips and strong multimedia capabilities.
According to Sony, both the Xperia U and Xperia P will offer lots of entertainment prowess and connect to the company's Sony Entertainment Network. Powered by Bravia graphics, Sony also claims the two handsets will smoothly display content such as Web sites, HD movies, and games better than any of the manufacturer's previous phones.
There are differences between the two new Xperias, though.… Read more
I've had the PlayStation Vita for a week. In that time, I've been impressed with the system's potential, and I appreciate the effectiveness of its dual analog sticks, but I've come away with one conclusion stronger than all the others:
The Vita needs to be a phone.
By that I mean, in a phone. The current PS Vita, despite coming in a 3G version with AT&T mobile broadband, is far too large, and obviously couldn't be a phone, unless you used a Bluetooth or wired headset (then again, the Samsung Galaxy Note is basically the same size). However, the fingerprints of a phonelike OS are everywhere. The large, multitouch OLED screen, the gesture-based motions, the Android/iOS-like app icons, the open app pages, the Web browser, the Twitter app, the front- and rear-facing cameras...the PS Vita is so much like a phone that it becomes confusing to describe to anyone who hasn't heard of it before.
I've explained the Vita to several people who didn't know about it, and while "next-generation PSP" does get used quite a bit, so does "like a phone." The interface and the downloadable music, movies, and apps are phonelike, not gamelike.
Here's why I think it could, and should, happen.… Read more
Although we haven't reviewed this phone on C Spire's network, you can read CNET's Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review for Verizon Wireless.
Sony has been a notable exception up until now, but a recent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office may finally offer some clues as to what the company has in store.
Filed on January 31, the application asks for a trademark on the name "Xperia Sola." Though there's no indication as to what type of device would carry the moniker, the long line of Xperia smartphones points … Read more
Surfers, snowboaders, skaters, and action sports enthusiasts everywhere, there's finally a smartphone just for you.
Sony has partnered up with action sportswear company Billabong to release a special edition model of the Xperia Active. The Billabong Edition features a special back cover and comes preloaded with exclusive screensavers, videos, and a Billabong Live app, which offers live streaming, as well as photos and news, of the company's surf contests. In addition, you get a copy of the Billabong Surf Trip game.
Like the regular Xperia Active, the Billabong Edition has a dust-proof and water-resistant design with a 3-inch, … Read more