Samsung to release new entry level device dubbed as Galaxy Music

Galaxy Music: Great device for the cash strapped individual

Want to own an Android smartphone but don’t seem to have enough money to purchase one?

Well, if we base it on multiple reports, Samsung is set to make your dreams come true as the company is going to unveil their latest entry level smartphone this coming October.

This entry level smartphone is dubbed as the Galaxy Music smartphone.

The features of Galaxy Music include a 3 inch QVGA display, a single-core 850MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage and a 3MP rear facing camera. What’s good is that it is reportedly going to come in a single SIM and dual SIM models so no need to carry around an extra phone for your other SIM.

Just like the old Sony Ericsson Walkman phones, the Samsung Galaxy Music is set to bring a new music experience with you wherever you go.

Reportedly running on Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, this entry level phone certainly is a great phone for the budget strapped individual. Together with the features above, the Galaxy Music also has Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, GPS and an extra slot for your microSD card to boost your phone’s memory.

This looks like a great device. Let’s just wait and see until it is released to give our final verdict on the Galaxy Music!

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Sony fully acquires Ericsson, now Sony Mobile Communications

Sony Ericsson has built a name in the mobile phone market during its heydays. People flocked to retailers wanting to get a hand at their Walkman and Cybershot phones. Now, the company is trying to leave a mark that is being ruled by Android and iOS.

Breaking up is a difficult thing to do. Most especially when you’re so used to it, leaving without it is going to be hard to come by. After months of speculations and trying to dodge rumors of an eventual break up, Japanese company Sony has finally taken over Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson’s 50 percent stake in the pair’s joint venture.

Reports stated that Sony paid the latter 1.05 billion Euros for the transaction or $1.37 billion.

The name Sony Ericsson will now be a thing of the past as it will be renamed Sony Mobile Communications.

The Press Release of Sony Reads:

Sony Completes Full Acquisition of Sony Ericsson

Sony to Rename the Company Sony Mobile Communications and Accelerate Business Integration

February 16. 2012, Tokyo, Japan – Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced that the transaction to acquire Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson’s (“Ericsson”) 50% stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (“Sony Ericsson”) has been completed as of February 15. 21012 (Central European time). This marks the completion of the transaction jointly announced by Sony and Ericsson on October 27. 2011 and makes Sony Ericsson a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.

Sony will rename Sony Ericsson “Sony Mobile Communications”, and further integrate the mobile phone business as a vital element of its electronics business, with the aim of accelerating convergence between Sony’s lineup of network enabled consumer electronics products, including smart phones, tablets, TVs and PCs.

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Sony SmartWatch: Your Android phone’s partner

A watch that serves as the command center for your Android phone? Sounds silly at first but the SmartWatch gives you the ability to do just that.

The 1.3 inch OLED touch screen watch has Bluetooth 3.0 and is compatible with Android smartphones. The Sony SmartWatch’s predecessor was the Sony Ericsson Live View that was released in 2010.

The SmartWatch basically is the same with the Live View. Though it is much prettier than its predecessor, Sony’s latest device has an accelerometer and a vibrating feature. It is also a wristwatch that anybody can wear.

You can do a lot of things with the SmartWatch. Just like your Android smartphones, you can send text messages and e-mails or check the weather if you’re going out for a walk. If someone calls you while you jog, you can simply look at your SmartWatch and view the caller with its caller ID feature. You can also check updates from Twitter and Facebook with your watch.

The Sony SmartWatch is pegged at $149 and is targeted to be released this coming March.

Sony Ericsson introduces the Aino

After unveiling an edgy flip phone earlier this week, Sony Ericson introduces yet  another phone –  and this time, it’s a sleek smartphone.

The Aino features a 3” touch screen display that supports 16.7 million colors and a slide out keypad. It includes a media browser with 3D navigation which can be enjoyed through its touch UI, enabling users to quickly flip back and forth between different items. The smartphone also includes an FM radio, Wi-Fi support, an advance GPS that supports geo-tagging in conjunction with Google Maps and a built-in accelerometer.

If you forgot to bring a camera with you, it’s not a problem if you got the Aino as it also packs in a capable 8.1 megapixel camera – perfect for those must-capture moments.

What’s this phone got that other’s doesn’t?

Users of the Aino can remotely access media content of PlayStation 3 consoles and can even transfer PC media  via Wi-Fi (how cool is that?).

To make the phone more irresistible, Sony Ericson is throwing in a matching pair of Stereo Bluetooth earbuds, a charging dock, an 8G microSD and in internal memory of 55MB.

Can’t wait? The Aino will be available starting tomorrow at $600. 😉


Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia X2

The smartphone market this year is becoming bigger and bigger. Phone manufacturers are busy releasing their own versions, and Sony Ericsson is among them.

This week, the company unveiled the newest addition to their own smartphone gadgets, the Xperia X2.

Like its pricey predecessor, the Xperia X1, the Xperia X2 runs on Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, has a 3.2-inch WVA touch screen and a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It also features a paneled home screen, giving users easy access to built-in and downloadable applications.

The new feature brought to the X2 is the SlideView. This allows users to access frequently used phone activities like contacts, messages, media, etc. It also gives an overview of missed incoming activity such as unanswered SMS, calls and emails.

Other features of the high-end smartphone include GPS, Bluetooth, TV-out able, IM, Wi-FI connectivity, and an 8.1-megapixel cam that has 16X zoom, autofocus, geo tagging, image stabilizer, touch focus, send to Web, video light and video recording.

The Xperia X2 also has a document viewer as well as access to other Microsoft applications. The phone can operate on both GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 network and the UMTS/HSPA 850/900/2100 network.

Sony Ericsson’s newest smartphone is expected to be available in the fourth quarter but no word yet as to how much it’ll cost.

Better start saving up guys!


A new president for Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericson has appointed Bert Nordberg as its new president today.

The long-time Ericsson manger with Silicon Valley experience has served the company for 14 years and has been in charge of Ericsson’s software development efforts in Silicon Valley since 2008. He will succeed Hideki “Dick” Komiyama, a Sony executive who had led the venture since November 2007. He will be retiring this year.

The 53-year-old Swede is aware that Sony Ericsson isn’t doing very well in the mobile phone arena. He says he plans to “reinvigorate the company’s lineup of mobile handsets with state-of-the-art software and applications”.

“We need to improve the product design and development processes and we need a different product portfolio to reflect what customers are asking for,” Nordberg, a native of Malmo, Sweden, said in an interview. “And we definitely need to strengthen our offering in the mobile Internet segment.”

The company, an equal partnership between Sony and Ericson (duh), has lost $1 billion since July of last year. According to Strategy Analytics, the company is in 5th place, trailing behind Nokia, Samsung, LG and Motorola.

Sony Ericsson’s phones largely reflect Sony’s traditional emphasis on camera optics and music. This might be the cause of the problem though. According to Carolina Milanesi, a Gartner analyst in London, the company needs to diversify because those two areas “do not help Sony Ericsson stand out anymore.”

“Since I’ve been living in Silicon Valley, I’ve seen our competitors attack this market from the I.T. and from the applications side,” Nordberg said. “We need to do more of that.”

Oh well, at least he’s very aware of what he’s getting in to. 😉


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