Sony Ericsson may be coming to an end soon

Sony Ericsson has had a shaky history. While holding its own in the mobile market, it doesn't shift units on the same level as big players like Apple or HTC. According to new reports, the venture may be coming to an end as Sony looks to close on a deal to buy Ericsson's half of the business, ending a partnership that lasted for over 10 years. The move will enable Sony to bring its mobile division closer to home, where it can work closer with other branches on interoperability.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the biggest hurdles Sony faces are trying to come up with an accurate figure for how much Ericsson's share is worth. Extras like mobile patents are harder to value, but estimates place the worth of such patents as somewhere between $1.3 billion to $1.7 billion. Despite these issues, deals are expected to be made sooner rather than later.

The venture is currently the sixth biggest mobile phone maker in the world, but Sony hopes that bringing the mobile division closer will be beneficial. Sony is hoping that the move will save on costs and bring the mobile side of business more in sync with the rest of the company. With the new Playstation Vita offering 3G support, it's easy to see where Sony's mobile division will fit into a company that grows more and more mobile as technology progresses.

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Good! They are turning to Nokia, were good in the days as I loved my basic phone but they suck with smartphones. The UI on their Android phones is horrid, most are left on outdated software and they just have stupid designs.

My parents used to look at Sony products such as. TV's and Video players and think Sony are a PREMIUM brand that is fancy and last a long time.
Looks like we can only aford ALBA or JVC.


From that view of Sony from a 1990's mining family to what we think of them now, you have to ask your self, what happened to Sony!

Renshaw said,
My parents used to look at Sony products such as. TV's and Video players and think Sony are a PREMIUM brand that is fancy and last a long time.
Looks like we can only aford ALBA or JVC.


From that view of Sony from a 1990's mining family to what we think of them now, you have to ask your self, what happened to Sony!

Agreed. Sony has gone down hill. Now everything they touch seems to go in the toilet. I just don't know how a company like Sony winds up finding themselves in a situation where their butt is being handed to them in every market they're in...

I used to have a Sony CMD J7 years ago, the menu wheel system was horrible but the display was something that hadnt been i phones at its time, it was a monochrome grayscale lcd with about 5 shades of grey

To bad I would wish they'd split up instead. ericsson wasn't that great by itself back in the day, but they where getting really good before the partnership. I would have liked to see Ericsson by itself, and I don't think Sony would be nearly as good on it's own if they split. They do make the best Android phones though. Sure the Samsungs are more powerful, but people don't need the extra power. it's not necessary you're not rendering on the phone. the only reason for it is because Android has a horrible GUI layer. but SE seems to be able to have a smooth GUI on lower end hardware than the S2, at the same time, SE focuses more on stuff that's important to the end user, a great quality screen, the best Android camera around, (and second best phone camera only to Nokia), and they make their Android phone in 3 different sizes with the exact same hardware now.

Also unlike Samsung, their UI isn't horrible. I'm losing count of how many S2 owners are coming in to the store wondering how to get the number pad when calling. Seriously, who thought it was a good idea to place it in a tab, to the far left, OFF SCREEN! with only a tiny little glow indicator showing there's more to the side... regular users don't get that, heck it took me a few seconds to figure it out the first time a customer asked about it. Now it's routine.

My wife had some crummy Motorola phone (I know people LOVE them). Very sluggish interface and just very frustrating to use. We took it back to the store and they gave her a Sony/Ericsson phone in return. It's worked a lot better (much snappier performance). I swear it was even advertised as some sort of "Walkman" phone. It has a big Play/Back/Forward button on the front for music control.

SierraSonic said,
Nooooooooooooooooooo. I like sony ericsson they have the best phone ever the xperia play!

You must be drunk or stoned right now...

SierraSonic said,
Nooooooooooooooooooo. I like sony ericsson they have the best phone ever the xperia play!

I hope you are joking, that phone is a subject of ridicule.

cleverclogs said,
Hmmm maybe they're wanting to do this to prevent Ericsson moving towards using Windows Phone

It's possible. There've been rumors for quite some time that they were tinkering with it. I didn't think Sony was going to have any interest in the company doing that...

Gabureiru said,
but over priced, samsung has more or less the same quality (POV) and lower prices.

Samsung a a good RGBY TV that improves the overall colors because of a separate Yellow LED that looks better than R+G.

Sony is only good for two things:

a. Cameras and camcorders
b. Gaming like Playstation products.

other than that they sux. No offense to Sony but your products aren't that great,

Chica Ami said,
Sony is only good for two things:

a. Cameras and camcorders
b. Gaming like Playstation products.

other than that they sux. No offense to Sony but your products aren't that great,

Their notebooks and TVs are quite good actually. I'm sure there's plenty more.

Anooxy said,

Their notebooks and TVs are quite good actually. I'm sure there's plenty more.

Sony Bravia is excellent!

And don't forget the Steve Jobs looked up to Sony when it comes to industrial design.

thenonhacker said,

Sony Bravia is excellent!

And don't forget the Steve Jobs looked up to Sony when it comes to industrial design.

to be fair, they only got good until they started using sharp's panels...

Chica Ami said,
Sony is only good for two things:

a. Cameras and camcorders
b. Gaming like Playstation products.


add blu ray players. one thing Samsung sucks at. great at cell phones bad on blu ray players. Only LG and Sony would I consider..
other than that they sux. No offense to Sony but your products aren't that great,

Chica Ami said,
Sony is only good for two things:

a. Cameras and camcorders
b. Gaming like Playstation products.

other than that they sux. No offense to Sony but your products aren't that great,

Sony Ericsson phones are also good. Nearly ready for the fight with HTC and Samsung, IMO

Anooxy said,

Their notebooks and TVs are quite good actually. I'm sure there's plenty more.

Their TVs are horrible for the prices. Panasonic has been a much better choice in recent years.

lt8480 said,

Their TVs are horrible for the prices. Panasonic has been a much better choice in recent years.

I have a sony-ericsson cell and is fantastic, panasonic is crap for me not liking it, so it really depends

Chica Ami said,
Sony is only good for two things:

a. Cameras and camcorders
b. Gaming like Playstation products.

other than that they sux. No offense to Sony but your products aren't that great,

You can scratch point A and leave it at point B and even that is an epic failure in comparison to last generation. Someone else mentioned this not long ago "Everything Sony touches turns to mediocrity" and I agree.