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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sony Ericsson Waiting for Windows Phone to "Take Off"

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 PM

"While Android is the main focus of the company, it will still have a door open for Windows Phone 7. But it won't be making any products if the operating system doesn't take off, Uddenfeldt said."

Although Microsoft has been creating a lot of excitement with various announcements regarding Mango, some manufacturers are not jumping on board just yet. Speaking at a forum in recently, the CTO of Sony Ericsson, Jan Uddenfeldt, stated that they would be waiting to see some momentum for Windows Phone before committing to creating a device. Although this is disappointing, it's been a long time since SE put out a phone that was a must-have. Hopefully not all manufacturers feel the same way, as one of Microsoft's key strategies with Windows Phone is to provide the platform on many devices, while still maintaining a consistent user experience.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

False Alarm: Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 Device Just a Failed Prototype

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Other Windows Phones" @ 09:30 AM

"Get your hopes up about that Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 slider that surfaced over the weekend? Well, then we're afraid we've got a bit of bad news. According to Mobile Review's Eldar Murtazin, it's just an "old prototype that was canceled last year." "

Well, we should have known it was too good to be true. They have been denying any interest in Windows Phone for a while. It would be nice to add another major manufacturer to the fold, but it may take a few years of growing success to convince them to adopt Windows Phone. In due time, right?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sony Ericsson Still Open to Windows Phone 7

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 AM

Those of us who are long-time users of Windows Mobile will remember Sony Ericsson fondly as the company who released some of the coolest phones on the planet (see the Xperia X1 pictured above for an example). Most recently, SE has tried to find its way in this new world dominated by Apple, HTC, Samsung and others. As such, they have jumped on the bandwagon and skipped out on releasing a Windows Phone. Steven Walker, the acting head of global marketing, has said that although Android is their current focus, they would hesitate to limit themselves to just on OS. Although it was only November when Windows Phone launched we should start hearing about the next generation of Windows Phone devices soon. Whether or not Sony Ericsson will be a part of that second wave of devices is anybody's guess.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sony Ericsson Late To The Party - As Usual

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 09:00 PM

"Sony Ericsson, Sony Corp.'s handset division, will introduce Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices next year as it dumps Nokia's Symbian mobile operating system, CEO Bert Nordberg said today."

Sony Ericsson makes some pretty good phones, which never seem to quite have the impact they should. That's because SE has such a lousy track record of bringing phones to market on time. Remember the Xperia X1? And the X10? And get the picture. While more major vendors entering the Windows Phone 7 arena is good for competition, I probably wouldn't mind betting that SE doesn't make it for the next holiday season.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Asus, Dell, HTC, LG, Samsung All Working on Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:30 PM

"While there's still shockingly few details about the launch of the Windows Phone 7 platform, Microsoft has now at least revealed a list of manufacturers that will be producing the first set of Phone 7 handsets. The Inquirer reports that Asustek, Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung are all working on Windows Phone 7 devices, although you won't be able to find names, technical specs, or pictures for any of these devices just yet."

There's not much that's new here, other than a confirmation that those OEMs are still on board - perhaps a verification that they haven't given up on Windows Phones like HP has. Looking at the above image though, which comes from a February 15th Engadget story, one has to ask what happened to Sony Ericsson? I've sent inquiries to both Microsoft PR and Sony Ericsson PR and will post their responses when I get them.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sony Ericsson Prepping the "Julie" for Windows Phone 7 Launch?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Windows Phones" @ 01:00 AM

"Sony Ericsson has been struggling to keep up with the Android release cycle, but apparently that is not going to stop them from dabbling with other platforms. According to unconfirmed rumors, Sony Ericsson is currently working on a mysterious Windows Phone 7 powered device, codenamed Julie."

Very little is known about the Julie, other than it's rumoured to have a four inch screen and have a sliding keyboard - and the usual bevy of Windows Phone 7-required hardware, including a 1+ Ghz processor, a capacitive screen, etc.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sony Ericsson Aspen Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 10:00 AM

"The Sony Ericsson Aspen (Faith) is a dying breed for two reasons; it is a new Windows Mobile 6x device and also has a touch screen plus a front facing QWERTY keyboard. There are very few smartphones that come with this configuration, but for a select few they represent the pinnacle of practical design."

I'm not sure whether it's because the review unit was pre-production, but the excerpt above is about the best Shaun had to say about the Aspen. It's all downhill from there, from creeky chassis to blurry camera. If anybody is still interested in the details, the Aspen is a quadband GSM/dualband HSPA phone (US version will be tri-band HSPA) that comes with WM6.5.3., 2.4" QVGA screen, 3.2MP camera and GPS.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sony Ericsson Talks XPERIA X2 Software Updates

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:55 AM

"It's not news to say that we attracted some criticism for this on the X1 and we're not going to go there again with the X2. So, for the record, this is what X2 customers can expect in terms of software upgrades."

In an attempt to be upfront with consumers, Sony Ericsson has announced the software update schedule for the XPERIA X2. According to the company, March should bring a major update: Windows Mobile will be upped from 6.5.1 to 6.5.2, most applications will receive tweaks, and there will be added support for video telephony, an FM radio, and faster GPS fixes. Then sometime in May, it'll get the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 treatment. Of course, the value of all this is heavily dependent on the device making it into the hands of consumers in a timely fashion, which we're sorry to say, is not happening.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sony Ericsson Announces the Aspen

Posted by Darius Wey in "Other Windows Phones" @ 05:08 AM

"Today sees the announcement of Sony Ericsson Aspen, the business mobile phone with green credentials at its core. The newest edition to the successful Sony Ericsson GreenHeart portfolio, Sony Ericsson Aspen, allows easy multi-tasking combining the touch experience and a real QWERTY keyboard. Organise and adapt panels to change during the day and use Slide View for quick access to common features. With Sony Ericsson Aspen, view and edit office files easily and comfortably with one touch operation, or just access the internet in one click. The QWERTY keyboard is made for fast and easy typing. Simple email set up allows for a maximized messaging experience on the go. Secure the phone's contents through the Microsoft MyPhone service, which remotely erases phone data when the handset is lost or stolen."

Sony Ericsson has done what Microsoft has been avoiding for months: it's made Windows Mobile 6.5.3 official, courtesy of its latest handset, the Aspen. The QVGA touch-screen device supports quad-band GSM/EDGE and market-dependent dual-band (900/2100 MHz) or tri-band (850/900/2100 MHz) HSPA. Alongside that, there's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, an FM radio with RDS, a 3.2-megapixel camera, USB mass storage support, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a microSDHC slot supporting cards of up to 16 GB. Available in either black or white, the Aspen should hit store shelves in the second quarter. And we sure hope they're right about that, considering that their other Windows Mobile device has suffered massive delays beyond public comprehension.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sony Ericsson Faith Spotted

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Other Windows Phones" @ 08:30 AM

"Wait a minute ... What's this? An unannounced Sony Ericsson phone called "Faith?" DailyiPhoneBlog says it's part of SE's "GreenHeart" line (read: environmentally friendly)"

Nothing too remarkable in the Specs on this new Sony Ericsson device, save for the fact it will have Windows Mobile 6.5.3, which accounts for the UI changes on the home screen in the shot above I believe.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X2a Appears, Still Delayed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:37 PM

So, it appears that the XPERIA X2 has been re-badged as the XPERIA X2a for North America, though less newsworthy is the fact that it's still "coming soon". Considering that Sony Ericsson had originally planned to release the X2 in Q4, then seemed pretty sure of itself that it would be ready for the first week of January, only to break that promise, we're starting to wonder if the X2 is ever going to show at all. Yes, folks, at this point in time, the X2 seems destined to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor: delay after delay until the competition blows it away.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X2 Delayed

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:53 AM

"Over the last couple of weeks there has been a few, OK more than a few rumours that the X2 is going to be delayed until January and I'm sure it will not come as a surprise when we say that these are well founded. The software worked fine but when we started integrating it with some of the network specific apps it threw up a few issues which we're working to fix."

Stop the presses. The launch of the XPERIA X2 has been delayed. Following the infamous delays that marred the launch of the XPERIA X1, we were pleasantly surprised by Sony Ericsson's optimism that the X2 would be good to go for an early Q4 release. Fast-forward to today, late Q4, and the X2 is nowhere to be seen. Well, the company now seems to think that the Windows Mobile 6.5 device will definitely be ready for the first week of January. As for us, we're not holding our breath.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Unofficial: Xperia X1 Not Getting WM6.5

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 07:00 PM

While I have to stress this is really heresay (a rep's opinion doesn't count as official), this isn't completely unexpected given the relative age of the X1. But then again, it demonstrates that manufacturers aren't terribly keen on supporting their own WM devices for very long, something we've had to live with through the last ten years. Which is a shame, since the X1 isn't that dated, and I suspect the hardware is more than up to the demands of WM6.5.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Left Out Again: Xperia X2 Passes FCC Without US 3G

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 AM

The good news is that the Xperia X2 is now legally usable within the territory of the United States. The bad news is that you won't be able to get 3G speeds on any of the available networks through the FCC-passed model. Having said that, if and when Sony-Ericsson comes up with a model using US 3G bands it should get through the FCC fairly quickly (have they ever turned anyone down?). Given SE's financial troubles and relative lack of penetration into the US market, I wouldn't lay odds on that ever happening.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Xperia X2 Unboxing Video

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:00 PM

"The unit we were able to unbox here isn't a sales unit at all but it's a so called "acceptance unit" which represents a device which carriers get it for testing and certification. Nevertheless, it's pretty much the stuff Sony Ericsson will ship into markets later this year. Sony Ericsson's Xperia X2 will be available in selected markets from early Q4 2009 and will be released in two different colors: Elegant Black (as seen in the videoview) and Modern Silver."

The X2 features some updates to the X1, including WM6.5 as well as a big jump to an 8.1MP camera. It's also a world phone with quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G. Sony-Ericsson built in some nice touches with the design and acessories, like being able to use your on ear-buds with the included headset cable as well as a TV/Video-out cable that plugs in through the 3.5mm (!) headphone socket. Check out the rest of the video for more.


Arne has a follow-up first impressions post, with lots of pics for your viewing pleasure.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

January-Bound XPERIA X2 to Cost An Arm and Leg?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:45 AM

When Sony Ericsson unveiled the XPERIA X2 earlier this month, the company seemed pretty certain that it would arrive sometime in the fourth quarter. Expansys UK, on the other hand, has a different idea. It's confidently tagged the X2 with a release date of January 11, 2010, at £604.99, which translates to a whopping $1000 on the other side of the pond. Sure enough, goods are priced a little differently in the UK, but if you consider that the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 are priced at £374.99 and £489.99 respectively, the X2's asking price is a fair bit to munch on. Now, we're not quite sure if Sony Ericsson's pricing strategy is set in stone, but either way, we wish the folks there all the best in getting this beast in the hands of consumers. Surely they can do better with it than they did with the X1, right? Right?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 Hands On

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:30 AM

"Here it is, folks. Sony Ericsson's newly official XPERIA X2 in the flesh. It's got a flashy (gimmicky?) home screen, along with a view for "snacking" on bubbled-up information. Lots of buzzwords, but we'll need more time hands-on to know how we feel. The hardware? It's still a heavy beast, but perhaps just a bit more loving in this incarnation. We don't love the resistive touchscreen one bit."

For those of you interested in Sony Ericsson's latest Windows Phone incarnation, check out Engadget's post complete with gallery and video. They don't sound like big fans of the device, so feel free to post here and let us know if you are (or if you agree with them!)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Announced

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 AM

"The XPERIA X2 also includes the unique SlideView feature, which provides quick access to frequently used phone activities. Providing quick interaction with contacts, messages, media and more, SlideView gives an overview of missed incoming activity, notifying the user of any missed calls, e-mails and text messages so users don't overlook an important contact."

I well remember the horrendous delay that marred the launch of the X1 - looks like SE has learned its lesson and the X2 is projected to go on release in time for the holiday season. The X2 features a refresh of the X1 design with some tastefully updated specs - like an 8MP camera and TV-out. Also under the hood are Windows Mobile 6.5, AGPS, quadband GSM and triband HSPA, 3.2" WVGA screen, and what sounds like an accelerometer. The panel UI design remains (now in 3D), but SE have simultaneously released an SDK to give developers a head start. Read on for the full press release. Read more...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Live, In-Depth Demo of Xperia X1 Today; World Premiere of Johnny X, Too

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Events" @ 05:30 PM

At 1:00 PM (GMT +1), Sony Ericsson will be offering a live, in-depth demonstration of the Xperia X1 which, as you know, is set to be released in waves over the coming months. Following the demo, there'll be a live Q&A session, so unearth those X1-related questions you've been harbouring and prepare to put them to the team.

  • GMT -7 (Los Angeles, Vancouver): 5:00 AM
  • GMT -5 (Chicago): 7:00 AM
  • GMT -4 (New York, Washington, D.C.): 8:00 AM
  • GMT +1 (London): 1:00 PM
  • GMT +2 (Paris, Berlin): 2:00 PM
  • GMT +4 (Moscow): 4:00 PM
  • GMT +8 (Perth, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong): 8:00 PM
  • GMT +9 (Tokyo): 9:00 PM
  • GMT +10 (Sydney, Melbourne) 10:00 PM
  • GMT +12 (Auckland): 12:00 AM, Tuesday

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sony Ericsson Preparing Launch of Xperia X1

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 05:30 AM

"Sony Ericsson today announces 30 September 2008 as the official launch date for the highly anticipated Xperia™ X1 – initially available to consumers in the UK, Germany and Sweden. The handset will be available in other markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America throughout Q4 2008."

Well, it's official. Just three weeks to go before the X1 launches in the UK, Germany, and Sweden. For thirty-two other countries around the world (listed after the break), the X1 will launch in Q4. For North America, Australia, China, and Russia, Sony Ericsson is only willing to go so far as to suggest that announcements will be made in the coming months. Let's just hope that doesn't mean sometime in 2009; otherwise, to HTC's delight, the Touch Pro may soon be flying off shelves.


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