Sony Ericsson officially is no more, hello Sony
Feb16

Sony Ericsson officially is no more, hello Sony

After many rumors saying that it would happen (spread over a couple of years, no less), last year in October Sony officially announced that it would be buying Ericsson’s stake in Sony Ericsson, the joint-venture established ten years earlier. But these things won’t actually happen with just the agreement between the parties involved. They have to be approved too. And today Sony has gathered all the necessary approvals from authorities across the world, and as such the deal was closed. Sony paid Ericsson €1.05 billion for the privilege. And now that Sony Ericsson is a fully owned subsidiary of Sony, the first thing that will happen will be a name change. It was pretty clear that it was coming. So from now on, there will be no more Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. Its place was taken by Sony Mobile Communications. Sony promises to accelerate the “convergence between Sony’s lineup of network enabled consumer electronics products, including smart phones, tablets, TVs and PCs” in the future. Then again, it’s this same convergence that was touted as one of Sony’s assets back in 2001 when Sony Ericsson was created. But maybe Sony can do a better job alone. It remains to be seen. Anyway, welcome back Sony to the mobile device...

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Ericsson eStore is yet another mobile application store
Feb15

Ericsson eStore is yet another mobile application store

While Sony Ericsson has teamed-up with Samsung, LG and 24 major carriers to form the Wholesale Applications Community, one of its parent companies – Ericsson – has just announced its own application store for mobile phones, called Ericsson eStore. The Ericsson eStore is directly targeted at mobile operators rather than at end users – it allows carriers around the world to easily set-up and offer an application store to their customers. According to Ericsson, the eStore application marketplace is designed for any mobile phone and, unlike other app stores, it includes a high number of applications from day one – more than 30,000 apps (both free and paid – the paid apps can be bought via your phone’s bill). Ericsson says that the eStore is accessible as of now here – and it is, it’s just that it doesn’t seem to be fully functional. Developers can also take advantage of the eStore – since they can develop only one app that will be published via multiple carriers. The client framework for widgets and apps across multiple channels and devices for the Ericsson eStore is provided by Opera Software. Via Press...

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Ericsson, 3 Scandinavia to launch the world’s first 84Mbps HSPA network
Jan20

Ericsson, 3 Scandinavia to launch the world’s first 84Mbps HSPA network

While TeliaSonera already offers LTE / 4G services, Ericsson and 3 Scandinavia announced that they’ll be the first in the world to upgrade a 3G HSPA network from 21Mbps to 84Mbps. The two companies have singed a 3-yr agreement and they plan to start the rollout in the first half of this year. The 84Mbps HSPA network should cover most of Denmark, as well as four major cities in Sweden (most probably including Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö). The upgraded network will allow 3’s subscribers to easily enjoy Web applications and services like videoconferencing, social networking and online gaming. As you may recall, Ericsson and 3 launched Europe’s first 21Mbps network in 2009. “We were the first to launch turbo 3G in the Nordic region and now we are first signing up for the world’s fastest 3G. Our Scandinavian customers are sophisticated users with high demands in terms of mobile broadband services. Ericsson is evolving our network so we can meet these demands and give our customers true connectivity, wherever they are – from city office to country cottage,” declares Peder Ramel, CEO at 3 Scandinavia. Ericsson and 3 have also announced the upcoming deployment of Sweden’s first 900MHz 3G network, which will improve coverage for the 84Mbps network. Via Press...

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3 Scandinavia and Ericsson to launch Europe’s first 21 Mbps network in 2009
Dec08

3 Scandinavia and Ericsson to launch Europe’s first 21 Mbps network in 2009

Ericsson announced today that it has partnered with 3 Scandinavia in order to launch what will be Europe’s first 21 Mbps mobile broadband network.  Reportedly, 3 Scandinavia and Ericsson are working together to upgrade the current HSPA networks that 3 owns in Sweden and Denmark. In consequence, select regions from the two countries will benefit from the new and ultra-speedy network starting the first half of 2009. 3 was also the first carrier to launch a Turbo 3G network in the Nordic countries, and now the company wants to be the first to raise the Mbps bar to 21.    Needless to say, the upcoming 21 Mbps network will allow 3 Scandinavia’s subscribers to transfer data and browse the Web at blazing speeds – provided that they have a good handset, of course.    Source:...

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Ericsson to provide HSPA/GPS modules for Dell laptops
May13

Ericsson to provide HSPA/GPS modules for Dell laptops

In an online press release today the Swedish mobile company Ericsson announced their plans to supply HSPA/GPS modules for new Dell laptops, starting Q2 2008. HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) is the world’s most widespread form of 3G broadband, capable of providing download speeds of up to 14.4 Mbit/s (in theory) and up to 7.2 Mbit/s in already existing deployments; according to Ericsson’s data, there are 185 commercial networks around the world using this standard. The built-in HSPA modules will allow the owners of Dell laptops to enjoy seamless roaming while traveling through a region covered by one of these, as well as use the GPS and the positioning software. Dell laptops will have HSPA&GPS modules from Ericsson built in them starting with the second quarter of this year: The pricing details are not yet released. This is not the first time that Ericsson strikes such a deal, having signed the first contract for their mobile broadband modules with Lenovo back in February. Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops now come with integrated mobile broadband and GPS. Ericsson estimates that by 2011, approximately 200 million laptops will be sold each year, and half of them will have HSPA broadband modules integrated. Via:...

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Sony Ericsson BeiBei spotted in the wild wearing white
May05

Sony Ericsson BeiBei spotted in the wild wearing white

Sony Ericsson has been very tight-lipped so far about their new device, which is codenamed BeiBei, but fortunately we are lucky enough to keep finding interesting bits of information as the days pass by towards its still unknown launch and release date. Here we see the Symbian UIQ powered little number, sporting a different color from that which it had when it first appeared two weeks ago. The multitude of buttons are seen in full now and up close, and I have to say it’s quite well arranged for something that’s nearly cluttered. The Sony Ericsson BeiBei will be a touchscreen Walkman phone touting Symbian 9.3 OS with support for demand paging. I highly suspect if the white version pictured here, if it ever does go into production like the black one, will have different/ modified specs. Now can Sony Ericsson please just release this smart phone now? Via...

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Sony Ericsson K660 and W580 dished out in new colors
Apr19

Sony Ericsson K660 and W580 dished out in new colors

Sony Ericsson’s sneaking two new colors for two of its mid-market handsets, the W580 and the K660. If you recall, the Sony Ericsson K660 was released a while back with a touch of magenta on its navigational pad section. And now SE is rolling it out with two new paint jobs, one being Cyan on Black while the other is Silver on Black. This will definitely reinforce the status of the handset as one “for the kids” and of course one can expect that these newly-colored handsets will have the same specs as the old one as this is purely an external makeover. The Sony Ericsson W580, meanwhile, is also getting an additional color for its range, which is Velvet Red, a bright variant of the plain color red. Like the K660, nothing will change with the features and specs of the W580 so old-users who decide on taking the new models at face value will definitely feel at home. Via:...

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Ericsson U500 12 megapixel mobile Multimedia platform
Feb07

Ericsson U500 12 megapixel mobile Multimedia platform

I know that megapixel count in camera phone is not everything. It might be even true, that after you get to to 3-5 megapixel range, the megapixel count becomes one of the least important specs to describe the camera quality in a phone. But tell that to the marketing department of some cellphone vendor. For the guys and gals working there, it’s like saying saying that special effects and gadgets are not important in the next James Bond movie. So the megapixel war in a cameraphones will continue for years to come, just as it continues in a digital still camera category today. This year we will see 8 megapixel cameras in mobile phones, and the next year… The next year we are getting to 12 megapixel camera range in your mobile handset. Thank’s to the newly announced Ericsson U500 mobile platform. The features of Ericsson U500 chipset include: high quality camcorder 12 megapixel camera 800 x 480 WVGA display support advanced 3D gaming and 3D User Interface CD quality audio performance high resolution video for a true mobile TV experience The Ericsson U500 combines three ARM11 CPUs and hardware accelerators, ARM Mali200 GPU and digital baseband into a small, cost and energy efficient package that can be easily fit into an advanced mobile multimedia handset. Commercial availability of Ericsson U500 is slated for the first half of...

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