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Sony struggling with handset business

Sony has struggled since taking on full ownership of its handset business

Following its acquisition of Ericsson’s 50 per cent share in Sony-Ericsson, Sony’s mobile unit has posted a staggering €1.15bn ($1.48bn) loss for the year ending March 31, 2012. This is in contrast to the €74m profit that Sony-Ericsson made a year earlier.

Sony Ericsson posts $265m quarterly loss

The Xperia X10, one of Sony Ericsson's 2010 Android flagships

Sony will face a tough time turning around the fortunes of Sony Ericsson, which it will soon own outright, after the handset manufacturer posted a staggering net loss of €207m ($265m) for 4Q11. The loss is in contrast to the €8m profit the firm posted in the same quarter a year earlier.

For richer, for poorer – but not forever

Analysts agree the Sony Ericsson split is good news

Whether or not the timing of the announcement was a happy coincidence is known only to Sony and Ericsson themselves, but it was an unusual press conference. The invite didn’t come until just before half past seven Thursday morning – for a conference starting at ten the same day – and the whole affair was resolutely low-key, with Hans Vestberg and Howard Stringer on a temporary stage in a subterranean conference room in a hotel by Tower Bridge. This isn’t the way these things normally work.

Sony Ericsson split good news for both parties

Analysts agree the Sony Ericsson split is good news

Handset player Sony Ericsson seemed to have caught the telecoms analyst and press community off guard on Thursday morning, calling an early press conference to announce its joint venture split, just as most interested parties were making their way to Nokia World in London.

Ericsson offloads Sony Ericsson stake to Sony

Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson

The owners of handset joint venture Sony Ericsson are to part company, with Japanese electronics firm Sony acquiring the 50 per cent share of the JV held by Sweden’s Ericsson for €1.05bn. The announcement comes ten years after the formation of Sony Ericsson, which saw two struggling handset units combined in the hope of marrying Sony’s consumer electronics expertise and Ericsson’s telecoms experience.

Sony Ericsson reports zero profit

The Xperia X10, one of Sony Ericsson's 2010 Android flagships

Sony Ericsson has reported a net profit figure of zero for the third quarter of 2011, as company continues to struggle in the increasingly competitive handset market.

Nokia exec joins Sony Ericsson to help Android push

Sony Ericsson is backing Android

What does it mean when the executives start jumping ship from Nokia to Sony Ericsson? This week Tommi Laine-Ylijoki, who worked until recently as VP of materials management at Nokia, joined Sony Ericsson as head of operations, reporting directly to CEO Bert Nordberg.

Erase and rewind

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In a week during which the UK distinguished itself as the “Whiplash Capital of Europe” thanks to its rep for filing dodgy insurance claims, The Informer is pleased to note that, in the technology world at least, injury-preventing U-turns have been the order of the day.

Sony Ericsson launches own Android Market channel

Sony Ericsson has launched its own Android Market channel

Sony Ericsson has launched its own channel on the Android Market. The handset maker claims that it is the first manufacturer to offer such a service, which will be operator-dependent. Owners of Sony Ericsson handsets will now see the “my apps” feature on their Android phone replaced with the Sony Ericsson channel, although they will still be able to access “my apps” from the phone’s menu. While this last change may cause consternation among some users, Xperia users may find direct access to software geared specifically towards them handy

Sony Ericsson posts fourth consecutive quarterly profit

The Xperia X10, one of Sony Ericsson's 2010 Android flagships

Handset vendor Sony Ericsson has reported net profit of €8m for the Q4 2010, marking its fourth consecutive quarter in profit. Net income for full year 2010 was €90m, the firm said, compared to a loss of €836m for 2009. President and CEO Bert Nordgberg described 2010 as “a turnaround year” for Sony Ericsson, and attributed improvements in the firm’s fortunes to its “shift towards an Android-based smartphone portfolio.”

Android users the most data-hungry says Arieso

Users of Samsung's Android-based Galaxy are among the most data hungry

Users of Android handsets place the greatest up- and downlink demands on mobile data networks according to a study carried out by location-based network management firm Arieso. The study used the data usage profile of iPhone3G owners as a benchmark and looked at usage patterns for a range of handsets, including the Blackberry Bold, the Google Nexus One, the HTC Desire, the Sony Ericsson Xperia and the iPhone4.

Sony Ericsson’s continuing improvement driven by smartphones

Android helped drive Sony Ericsson profits

Handset vendor Sony Ericsson has reported its third consecutive profitable quarter, benefitting from the same magical healing powers of Android as Motorola. The firm turned in €49m in profit in the third quarter, compared to a net loss of €164m in the same period last year.

Sony Ericsson intros tiny Android gadget; ditches Symbian

The Sony Ericsson LiveView. Intriguing or unneccessary?

Intriguing or unnecessary? Take your pick. Sony Ericsson on Tuesday showed off an Android-based gadget designed to be an interface to the mobile phone.

Device vendors target China with 3G Androids

The Sony Ericsson A8i is based on OPhone, a custom Android flavour

China’s homegrown 3G technology, TD-SCDMA, won a little more support this week as device vendors Motorola and Sony Ericsson got behind the platform with a raft of new devices catering to the country’s nascent data services market.

Android gaining market share

Android has won strong support from the vendor community with key products shipping from HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG

Android’s open strategy seems to be working very well, winning the platform enough support to drive 886 per cent growth between the second quarter of 2010 and the same period in 2009.

Numbers up

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There were growing signs of a turnaround in the industry this week, with a number of mobile players reporting investor-satisfying quarters. First up was once-troubled handset vendor Sony Ericsson, which delivered its second consecutive quarterly profit during Q2 with a whopping €12m. Ok, it’s not a lot but it’s better than the loss of €213m delivered in the second quarter of last year, although it is down from a profit of €21m in Q1.

Sony Ericsson turnaround continues with Q2 numbers

The Xperia X10, one of Sony Ericsson's new flagships, began shipping during Q1

Handset vendor Sony Ericsson achieved its second consecutive profitable quarter, posting net income of €12m for the second quarter of 2010. In the same quarter last year the firm made a loss of €213m, while in Q1 2010 the firm recorded net profit of €21m. Revenues were also up, at €1.76bn, compared to €1.68bn for Q209 and €1.4bn for Q1 this year.

Sony Ericsson trumpets return to profit (restructuring charges aside)

Japanese-Swedish handset joint venture Sony Ericsson trumpeted a return to profit Friday morning as it reported its first quarter 2010 results. The firm said that net profit for the quarter was €21m, but noted that restructuring costs were not taken into account.

Nokia puts Skype on Symbian

Nokia puts Skype on Symbian

Using the power of brand to reach consumers, Nokia on Wednesday hopped into bed with Skype to make the VoIP client available to some 200 million smartphone users worldwide.

New handsets, new push from Sony Ericsson

The Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro

Sony Ericsson launched three new handsets on the eve of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a bid to get in ahead of the wave of announcements expected at the show. Sony CEO Howard Stringer was on hand to show parental support for the joint venture, although partner Ericsson was absent from the presentations.

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