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Sony Ericsson to go smartphone-only

Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson will switch to making only smartphones during 2012, after sales of its feature phones fell during its fiscal third quarter.Company chief executive Bert Nordberg revealed the change in focus in Sony Ericsson's quarterly earning report on Friday.

October 14, 2011 by

Word Lens quick tour: Translation meets smartphone

San Francisco software developer Octavio Good created Word Lens, an app that uses your smartphone's camera to translate language from English to Spanish and vice versa. SmartPlanet takes a trip with Good through San Francisco's Mission District to test out the app.

May 24, 2011

CES: Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc smartphone

LAS VEGAS -- While Sony is definitely pushing 3D out from every corner of the company, the latest Xperia smartphone model seems to be left out of the party. Nevertheless, at first glance it's a lovely device, so here's a hands-on look.

January 5, 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 can dual-boot with Windows Mobile, Android 2.0.1

In case you're curious as to what other operating systems you could run on your smartphone, there are a bunch of developers with some free time on their hands trying crazy things out. For instance, did you know that a Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, originally supposed to run on Windows Mobile, can also boot up using Android 2.0.1?

February 3, 2010 by

C'mon Sony, who is going to pay $600 for a feature phone?

I received a press release today from Sony Electronics regarding the new Sony Ericsson Aino unlocked mobile phone and have to really wonder if there are enough rich people who are willing to pay $600 for a feature phone. The Aino doesn't run any smartphone OS, but Ericsson's proprietary system. It does have an 8.1 megapixel camera and ability to work with a PlayStation3 for media sharing. It was reviewed on CNET UK and they were not at all impressed with the touchscreen interface and functionality of the device.

October 28, 2009 by

Sneak Peek: BlackBerry Storm

Apple ignited a firestorm of competition when it announced the iPhone in January of 2007. Since then the touchscreen smartphone segment has been ablaze with competition from all the major OEMs and carriers, including Nokia (Tube), RIM (Thunder/Storm), LG (Voyager), Samsung (Instinct), Sony Ericsson (X1), HTC (G1) and yes, even Motorola (Krave ZN4).

November 18, 2008 by

Studies show Nokia leads worldwide converged market, but who are the Others?

It is a well known fact that Nokia leads the converged device/smartphone market throughout the world, as confirmed by recent IDC and Canalys reports. In fact, as of the 4th quarter of 2006, Nokia had about 50% of the worldwide market share in converged devices. RIM and Motorola were in second and third with the majority of the Motorola devices being Linux based devices selling in Asia. The IDC report then had Sharp and Panasonic (Linux) in 4th and 5th, while Canalys showed Palm and Sony Ericsson. The second through 5th place vendors shown each have something from 5 to 8 percent of the market share, but there is a catch all vendor labeled Others that has 23.5 percent (IDC) or 24.3 percent (Canalys). Who are these Others and where are all the Windows Mobile devices?

February 28, 2007 by

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