The past few months have been somewhat difficult for Sony, to say the least. Following a successful launch of not one, but three Xperia-branded smartphones in 2013, the Japanese company is now facing a serious loss in profit.
As a result, the firm has cut the amount of skilled workers it employs by 15% and adjusted operational strategies to primarily focus on the development of high-end smartphones, in order to seek financial gain rather than the global market share.
We’ve been keeping up with two budget-level Xperia devices lately; the dual-core, 4.6 inch Xperia SP and the 4.3 inch, 8 megapixel-toting Xperia L. Supposedly, the launch dates for both devices were scheduled for March, but we’re halfway through the month with no word from Sony about either device.
Well, it turns out Sony Mobile Russia is holding a press event on March 18th. There’s no official word about what’s being announced at the event, but we can put two and two together, especially with the rumor mill churning around both of those devices lately. Keep an eye out for any details on the 18th, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated when anything gets announced.
Source: Xperia Blog
Are you a fan of using Playstation Mobile on your certified HTC device? You’re about to get pretty excited. HTC is giving away free Playstation mobile games to users with devices running Sense 4.0 or above, and Android 4.1. This includes several HTC devices, but unfortunately leaves out AT&T and T-Mobile users that are still waiting on their Jelly Bean update. It’s hard to blame HTC for that, though, as they’ve updated their other versions of many of their devices.
They’re running a different free game every week until the end of February. This is pretty similar to Sony’s giveaway that’s going on right now. All you have to do is set up your account and download away. Happy gaming!
Good news for Sony, bad news for HTC. The latest figured show the Xperia manufacturers outselling HTC over the past summer in the UK. Sony moved 500,000 Android phones compared to HTC’s 440,000. They both lost market share to Samsung, however, who maintains first place with a whopping 3.2 million Android phones for comparison.
This news shows Sony’s new intense smartphone drive appears to be having some success, and if Sony does announce their new flagship in early 2013, they stand a good chance to eat up even more market share. Sony did say they though its recent restructuring to become Sony Mobile, as well as the James Bond marketing tactics, has caused a “positive reaction” with consumers, and the numbers seem to agree.
source: Mobile Today
Reuters has reported that Sony will be cutting roughly 1,000 jobs from its mobile phone unit, Sony Mobile. This follows the Japanese company’s slashed 2012-2013 operating profit forecast.
Sony took over the struggling Sony Ericsson mobile phone unit earlier this year for roughly $1.3 billion, thus renaming it Sony Mobile.
Over half of the cuts will affect its Lund mobile plant in Sweden, which will now be used to focus on software and application development. Sony plans on moving its corporate headquarters from Lund to Toyko this October.
Sony recently announced the new Xperia Miro, a 3.5-inch entry level device with a 5MP camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This is a great device for people not wanting to spend a lot of money and just want a decent phone. Well, up until now we were given no indications as to when the Sony Xperia Miro would be release.
Carphone Warehouse has updated their product sign-up page to show potential buyers they can expect a ship date of August 2012. The phone was announced back in mid-June and looks to be just about ready for prime time! Are you getting one? Hit the source link below to pre-order yours!
source: Carphone Warehouse
Sony Mobile is now delivering on its promise to deliver their NXT lineup of Android devices unlocked in the U.S. The Xperia S with a dual core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm CPU, 4.3″ (1280 x 720) HD display, and capable 12MP camera is available for $469.99 from Newegg in black or white. The Xperia P rocking a 1Ghz dual core CPU, 4″ (960 x 540) qHD display, and 8MP camera is up for $388.99 from Newegg. While the budget friendly Xperia Sola with its 1Ghz dual core CPU, 3.7″ (854 x 480) display, “floating touch” technology, and 5MP camera can be had for $299.00 from Newegg.
All three models will receive Sony Mobile’s ICS update and will work on AT&T’s 3G network. The Xperia U is not yet available, but should be up sometime soon. These are all capable devices and should only get better once they have the Android ICS update installed. Anyone interested in one of these devices?
source: Xperia Blog
Sony Mobile is ready to kickoff a new marketing campaign this coming Monday when they “release” thousands of tiny robots throughout London and Manchester. Consumers who find one of the little robots, dubbed “Xperiabots,” can turn them in for prizes including Xperia NXT Series handsets, Sony 4-Screen packages, tickets to movies, gigs, DJ sessions, and other swag.
While the “release” is scheduled for Monday, Sony’s social media channels are already getting into the act with some potential clues posted on their Facebook page. A new Twitter account has been setup as well, @XperiaUnleashed, for the “leader” of the robots. Brits are encouraged to look for the robots and watch the social media sites for clues.
source: Sony Mobile GB Facebook page
Sony Mobile presents a couple new handset today that have a quite sleek, clean design and full of color. Sporting the Xperia name, they’ve now unveiled the miro and tipo Android smartphones. Both of these devices include “deep integration of Facebook” and should be available around the world the third quarter of this year. Sony Mobile went as far as to let the Facebook users choose which phones should be announces next, And below is the result.
The Xperia miro, being the higher end device of these two offering comes with a 800MHz processor, 3.5-inch 320×480 TFT display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing VGA shooter as well. Included is an internal storage capacity of 2.9GB, expandable via a microSD slot up to 32GB, Sony xLOUD experience, and deep integration with Facebook. All running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Xperia tipo also powered by Android 4.0 is slightly smaller with a 3.2-inch display and smaller 3.2-megapixel camera (front-facing camera is absent). You’ll get the same audio experience from Sony xLOUD, and the same internal storage of 2.9GB expandable to 32GB.
These are definitely a couple of good looking devices. No prices have been announced as of yet, but based on the specs they could turn out to be budget friendly. Once we get more information, we’ll pass it along. Check out the presser after the break for the full deets on the latest Sony Mobile offering.
source: sony mobile
Sony Mobile has confirmed that the Xperia Play’s upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been canceled, leaving the PlayStation-certified smartphone on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony explains that compatibility and stability issues with the Play’s gaming features are to blame.
Other 2011 Xperia phones are still on track to receive the upgrade to ICS, including the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Active. These devices will begin receiving an optional 4.0.4 update through the PC Companion app starting next week.
Existing Xperia devices already running 4.0.3 will be getting an update to 4.0.4 around the same time frame. These devices include the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray, and Xperia Neo V.
Late June is the date for the Xperia S to get ICS, and the Xperia P and Xperia U should receive it in Q3.
source: sony blog