SE-Xperia » Competitor Unofficial Sony Ericsson Xperia news blog Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:38:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sony buy Ericsson out of joint venture Thu, 27 Oct 2011 09:21:53 +0000

We heard the rumours a couple of weeks ago that Sony were looking to buy Ericsson out of their joint partnership which started 10 years ago this month. We can now confirm that Sony have paid Ericsson €1.05 billion in exchange for Ericsson’s 50 percent stake.

Sony will have cross licensing of five patent families which will be essential for Sony to fully move into the smart phone market. With Sony assuming full ownership of the venture, they will now be able to integrate their smartphones with their other products even more closely, such as the Sony Tablet S like other manufacturers are doing, such as Samsung and Apple.

The seperation however, won’t be finalised until January, pending regulatory approval.

The full press release is below.

Ericsson: Sony to acquire Ericsson’s share of Sony Ericsson

October 27, 2011, 08:16 (CEST)

Sony Ericsson to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony and integrated into Sony’s broad platform of network-connected consumer electronics products
The transaction also provides Sony with a broad IP cross-licensing agreement and ownership of five essential patent families
Ericsson to receive EUR 1.05 billion cash payment
Sony and Ericsson to create wireless connectivity initiative to drive connectivity across multiple platforms
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced that Sony will acquire Ericsson’s 50 percent stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (“Sony Ericsson”), making the mobile handset business a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.

The transaction gives Sony an opportunity to rapidly integrate smartphones into its broad array of network-connected consumer electronics devices – including tablets, televisions and personal computers – for the benefit of consumers and the growth of its business. The transaction also provides Sony with a broad intellectual property (IP) cross-licensing agreement covering all products and services of Sony as well as ownership of five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology.

As part of the transaction, Ericsson will receive a cash consideration of EUR 1.05 billion.

During the past ten years the mobile market has shifted focus from simple mobile phones to rich smartphones that include access to internet services and content. The transaction is a logical strategic step that takes into account the nature of this evolution and its impact on the marketplace.

This means that the synergies for Ericsson in having both a world leading technology and telecoms services portfolio and a handset operation are decreasing. Today Ericsson’s focus is on the global wireless market as a whole; how wireless connectivity can benefit people, business and society beyond just phones. Consistent with that mission, by setting up a wireless connectivity initiative, Ericsson and Sony will work to drive and develop the market’s adoption of connectivity across multiple platforms.

“This acquisition makes sense for Sony and Ericsson, and it will make the difference for consumers, who want to connect with content wherever they are, whenever they want. With a vibrant smartphone business and by gaining access to important strategic IP, notably a broad cross-license agreement, our four-screen strategy is in place. We can more rapidly and more widely offer consumers smartphones, laptops, tablets and televisions that seamlessly connect with one another and open up new worlds of online entertainment. This includes Sony’s own acclaimed network services, like the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Sony’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr Stringer also noted that the acquisition will afford Sony operational efficiencies in engineering, network development and marketing, among other areas. “We can help people enjoy all our content – from movies to music and games – through our many devices, in a way no one else can.”

“Ten years ago when we formed the joint venture, thereby combining Sony’s consumer products knowledge with Ericsson’s telecommunication technology expertise, it was a perfect match to drive the development of feature phones. Today we take an equally logical step as Sony acquires our stake in Sony Ericsson and makes it a part of its broad range of consumer devices. We will now enhance our focus on enabling connectivity for all devices, using our R&D and industry leading patent portfolio to realize a truly connected world” said Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.

When Sony Ericsson started its operations on October 1, 2001, it combined the unprofitable handset operations from Ericsson and Sony. Following a successful turnaround the company has become a market leader in the development of feature phones by integrating Sony’s strong consumer products knowledge and Ericsson’s telecommunications technology leadership. The WalkmanTM phone and Cyber-shotTM phone are well known examples.

With the successful introduction of the P1 in 2007, Sony Ericsson early on established itself in the smartphone segment. More recently, the company has successfully made the transition from feature phones to Android-based Xperia(TM) smartphones. By the end of the third quarter of 2011, Sony Ericsson held a market share of 11 percent (by value) in the Android phone market, representing 80 percent of the company’s third quarter sales. During its ten years in operation Sony Ericsson has generated approximately EUR 1.5 billion of profit and paid dividends totalling approximately EUR 1.9 billion to its parent companies. Prominent models include “XperiaTM arc” and “XperiaTM mini” which received 2011 EISA Awards, while recent notable additions to the lineup include “XperiaTM PLAY” and “XperiaTM arc S”.

The transaction, which has been approved by appropriate decision-making bodies of both companies, is expected to close in January 2012, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Ericsson has accounted for its 50 percent share in Sony Ericsson according to the equity method. Following completion of the transaction, Ericsson will have no outstanding guarantees relating to Sony Ericsson and will no longer account for Sony Ericsson as an investment on balance sheet. The transaction will result in a positive capital gain for Ericsson which will be defined after closing of the transaction.

SEB Enskilda is acting as Ericsson’s sole financial advisor in the transaction.

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Sony looking to buy out Ericsson Thu, 06 Oct 2011 23:06:57 +0000
According to a report on the Wall Street Journal, Sony Corp is looking to buy off Ericsson’s shares in their joint mobile business. The Sony Ericsson partnership celebrated 10 years together this week but, now it looks like Sony is close to finalising a deal with Ericsson that will buy them out of the joint venture, making Sony the sole shareholder. It’s reported that Sony are keen to take over the partnership as it would allow the manufacturing of mobile phones, tablets, laptops and gaming consoles could be consolidated. This would also mean, Sony would have complete control over the smartphone strategy and would be more able to keep the same UI amongst various products, such as tablets and phones like Samsung and Apple have. As it stands at the moment, the Sony tablets have a Sony UI over the top of Android, which varies significantly to the Sony Ericsson UI found on the Xperia smartphones.

If the deal goes ahead, it could cost Sony any where between €1-2 billion. Neither company has commented on the rumor, however the sources have said that Howard Stringer, Sony CEO “wants to settle the matter as soon as possible”.

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HDMI capable Xperia Play not going to be released to consumers Fri, 10 Jun 2011 17:05:04 +0000
Since we first saw the Xperia Play pictures last week showing the handset connected up to a HD TV, there’s been a lot of questions surrounding it. Firstly whether the pictures were real, which was confirmed by video and photo coverage from E3. The second being, what are they, or rather how did they come about and will they be released onto the market for consumers. It appears that the handsets won’t be. So we won’t be seeing a HDMI equipped Xperia Play any time soon, not until the Xperia Play 2 at least any way.

Apparently these are “chipped” units from the US and the ones we saw in the first lot of photos had been sent to the UK for the Champions League final but, were promptly sent back to the US the next day, presumable in preparation for E3. The units are for demo usage to show off new games on a bigger screen. While this appears to have worked extremely well for E3, it would have been great if Sony Ericsson had included this as standard for the market version, Xperia Play games on a big screen are definitely a hit.

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BackStab action game to launch exclusively on Xperia Play. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 21:59:17 +0000
We already know that great games are coming to Sony Ericsson’s gaming phone, the Xperia Play. Some are old PSone games, some are multi platform games and some will be exclusive to the Xperia Play. One game will cover the latter two options.

Gameloft are to release an action packed adventure game, that will feature a free roaming 3D environment “old school 3D, not the fancy new stuff”. The game will launch exclusively on Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play and will be a Play exclusive for the first 30 days, before being released on other platforms.

BackStab is set on an 18th century Caribbean island and weaves an epic tale of revenge. Hero Henry Blake has been falsely accused of treason and will go to all means to seek vengeance on his British jailers. With a game play mixing action and adventure, BackStab incorporates an open 3D environment for free roaming, dynamic combat and counter-attacks.

Check out the screenshots of the game below.

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Xperia Arc takes on N8 with video recording Sun, 20 Mar 2011 22:23:01 +0000
We’ve already seen photos taken with the Xperia Arc compared against the Nokia N8, Samsung Galaxy S and iPhone 4. Now we have a video that compares the Xperia Arc’s video recording capabilities against the Nokia N8, which is widely recognized as one of the best, if not the best camera phones currently on the market. Could the Xperia Arc change this? Well watch on to find out.

The video has been “sliced” into two sections, one showing how video looks on the N8 and the other half showing the video taken with the Xperia Arc. The sound is also split between the two handsets, with the video highlighting which handset the sound is coming from.

It’s not known what settings were used on either handset, so whether this is the best quality you could get from the Arc is unknown. Based on the settings that were used though, I would be happy with the video quality of the Xperia Arc but, the N8 does seem slightly better. Although when comparing the audio, the Xperia Arc is heads and shoulders above the N8 for me.
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