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Amazon in Fire sale, other smartphone vendors feeling the heat

Amazon slashes cost of Fire again

Amazon has taken another hit on its faltering Fire phone, by conceding a second price slash on its first smartphone offering. The online retailer has now listed the phone for $199.00 unlocked, which also includes a full year of its Prime service worth $99.

Sony to bring STB to Europe, US

The Playstation TV units will be available in the US and Europe in the autumn for $99

Japanese electronics giant Sony Computer Entertainment on Tuesday unveiled a set top box destined for the US and European markets that will allow users to stream content, including PlayStation game titles, straight to their TV. The PlayStation TV unit, available in the autumn, will cost $99.

Sony to tackle cloud-based gaming

Sony is getting into cloud gaming

Electronics giant Sony this week revealed its plans for cloud gaming company Gaikai, which it acquired in 2012. The technology has been used to build PlayStation Now – a game streaming service that will launch in the US in the summer.

All dressed up: smart wearables get fit in 2014

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Smart wearables are set to be one of the sexier topics in the industry over 2014. Kicking off next week, consumer electronics trade show CES is expected to be a showcase for progress the industry has made in this nascent product category.

Sony sells smartphone IP to Technicolor

Sony has licensed IP to Technocolor

Japanese electronics firm and handset shop Sony has licensed smartphone and tablet technology to media and entertainment specialist Technicolor, whilst licensing other intellectual property from the French firm.

Over 5 million smart watches expected to sell next year

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The worldwide smart watch market is set to exceed 5 million units next year, according to research published this week. Apple is rumoured to be readying a smart watch device this year, and estimates suggest that over 330,000 smart watches were shipped in 2012, led by Sony and Motorola, while recent start-up Pebble Technology joined Sony as a market leader in 2013.

Sony, LG, Windows make smartphone gains

Sony's Xperia U has performed well in Spain

Microsoft’s Windows OS now has 8.4 per cent of the UK smartphone market, while demand for lower cost devices in Southern Italy is being exploited by Sony and LG. Macro economic conditions and increasing diversity in operators’ subsidy strategies are creating contrasts in device vendors’ performances market by market.

Samsung and Sony: a tale of two panel makers

Samsung TV

Samsung’s CES 2013 press conference marked an important but subtle change in the rhetoric of the world’s largest TV panel manufacturer.

Consuming content on the move

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Soichiro Saida, Senior Director – Service Portfolio & Territory Strategy, Sony Network Entertainment, talks to telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum about getting content to consumers on the move. Saida talks about the challenges in creating a user experience that works across any device and any form factor.

Sony moving in right direction

Sony is pushing a unified content services experience

Sony Mobile has every reason to believe it can edge towards a recovery with its latest range of Xperia handsets, launched this week at the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, also known as IFA.

Google planning aggressive Nexus push

Google could be launching a host of Nexus devices in 4Q12

In a bid to propagate Android devices even further into the market, Google is preparing to launch a range of Nexus devices with various hardware partners in the final quarter of the year, according to a leaked memo from Japanese operator NTT Docomo.

Sony Mobile cuts 1,000 jobs flees Sweden

Sony is distancing itself from Sweden

Struggling handset manufacturer Sony Mobile Communications on Thursday announced plans to reduce its global head count by 15 per cent or about 1,000 staff, as it reboots its operation structure. To further distance itself from the failed partnership with Ericsson, Sony Mobile will also move its corporate headquarters and certain other functions from Lund, Sweden, to Tokyo, Japan.

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 “credible alternative” to Apple says head of UK and Ireland

Sony Mobile's head of UK and Ireland, Pierre Perron

Operators are looking for an alternative to Apple as the “leading brand in terms of entertainment today” and Sony “has the assets” to position it as such as the battle for consumer loyalty moves to the living room. That’s the view of Sony’s head of mobile in the UK and Ireland as the Japanese vendor makes a renewed assault on the mobile space – the first time Sony has been in the handset market as a solo brand for ten years.

Smartphones, Oscars and Operators – Pierre Perron, MD, Sony Mobile, UK and Ireland

Sony Mobile's head of UK and Ireland, Pierre Perron

As Sony makes its new push into the mobile handset market—its first appearance as a solo brand in the space for ten years—it is positioning itself as a uniquely capable player across the content and device ecosystem. Telecoms.com met with Pierre Perron, who heads the firm’s mobile business in the UK and Ireland, shortly after Mobile World Congress to hear his views on how Sony aims to re-establish itself in the heart of a consumer that has evolved enormously since Sony mobile phones were last available in the shops.

Sony intros own brand Xperias

Whilst Sony Ericsson devices were still being ranged last month at CES in Las Vegas, the company has now gone it alone at MWC with its first Sony branded devices. Building on its XPERIA branded Android phones, the company has announced three smartphones, the XPERIA S, P and U, which help it segment across price and feature tiers.

Sony names PlayStation champion Kaz Hirai as CEO

Kaz Hirai is the new CEO and president at Sony

Japanese electronics firm Sony has announced that is has appointed Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai as its new president and CEO. The former president of the Consumer Products and Services Group, credited with making PlayStation a household name, Sony will assume his new role on April 1, replacing current president and CEO Sir Howard Stringer, who will become chairman of the Board of Directors in June.

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.

New LTE devices to shake up smartphone market

The Nokia Lumia 900 and Sony Xperia S

Sony, Nokia and Huawei have each announced new handsets at CES in Las Vegas, as competition in the smartphone market hots up.

Google plans IPTV push in 2012 with new partnerships

Google TV has a new interface and new hardware partners

Google has announced new hardware manufacturers that have joined it as partners for its IPTV service Google TV. LG is the biggest name to join the Google TV ecosystem this year and will unveil a new line of Google TV sets running on its own L9 chipset at CES in Las Vegas next week.

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