Let the Xperia hysteria begin. Thanks to loose-lipped mobile content provider Handango, we may now know the general launch date of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. According to a newsletter Handango sent out to its partners, the highly anticipated Windows Mobile smartphone will launch in "mid-September 2008" with the Handango InHand service onboard. The company also noted that if partners want their software to be considered for the catalog, it must support "International English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish," so presumably, the smartphone will be available in appropriate markets. Now, we're not taking this as … Read more
Sony Ericsson wants mobile software developers to have the best of both worlds.
Next week at JavaOne, the company plans to demonstrate its Project Capuchin, which will allow software developers to create applications for mobile phones that can use pieces of both Java ME and Adobe Systems' Flash Lite to create their applications. The company plans to release a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) and a software development kit in the second half of this year to bring the two different mobile development styles together.
For example, Java developers could decide to use the richer user interface technology found … Read more
Are you screaming at walls because your phone weighs a ton and does a million things, but making phone calls and texting is an absolute nightmare? Does it turn every task into a technical labyrinth with no foreseeable end? Fear not, dear reader, not all phones are designed exclusively for the l33t geek; some are actually quite simple.
Take the Sony Ericsson K660i, for example, a simple handset with a simple design. Aimed at people whose middle name is "straightforward," the K660i does away with frills and keeps things basic. Don't underestimate it though, you scoffers, it'… Read more
As if the numerous events happening concurrently aren't enough to keep us busy, Sony Ericsson decided to pile on by dropping a couple of new handsets on us.
The G502 squeezes "a wealth of time-saving features into an affordable, pocket-sized phone" and is supposedly the first in its line to come with HSDPA connectivity. Features include a 2-megapixel camera, built-in FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth stereo A2DP, and A-GPS--all in an uninspiring candybar design. It's expected to be available in Asia in the third quarter of this year.
The second model is the Z780 with almost … Read more
We've had Sony Ericsson's W380i strapped to our heads for a fair while now and, while it's not quite as inveigling as Jaffa Cakes, it's given us numerous happy times. In fact, as clamshells go, it's pretty snazzy. True, it's a music phone that needs an adaptor just to use normal headphones, but it's still more enjoyable to use than, say, something like the Nokia N95, which sports a native 3.5-millimeter adapter.
Aesthetics aside, the W380i is easy to use as an MP3 player--its dedicated Walkman button gives quick access to your … Read more
Several more companies on Monday agreed to sign their names to the Long Term Evolution (LTE) framework for the next generation of wireless technology.
The largest handset maker in the world, Nokia, was joined by Sony Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, NEC, and NextWave Wireless. Part of the agreement on LTE means the companies will agree to license their patents "on fair and reasonable terms," which means keeping royalties for handset patents below 10 percent of the handset sale price.
"Today's announcement is a step towards establishing more predictable and transparent licensing costs in a manner that enables faster … Read more
If something like "Budclicks" can be marketed to tart up earbuds, then certainly a similar concept can be valid for mobile headsets. That seems to be the working assumption held by Sony Ericsson, which is offering swappable fashion face plates for its HBH-PV712 Bluetooth headset. Chip Chick says the three colors--red, black, and purple--can be interchanged according to "match the outfit of your choice that day." Given our own shopping habits, we'll have to take their word for it.
Sony Ericsson may have been a sleeper at CTIA, but one good thing came out of it: I finally got my hands on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. Unlike at GSMA where you had the battle the crowd and public relations folks just to get a picture of the darn thing, I was able to spend a few minutes with the highly anticipated smartphone and all I've got to say is "me-ROW."
It's pretty easy to see why there's so much buzz about Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile device. The hardware is elegant and … Read more
Sony Ericsson may have a shiny booth at CTIA, but the company is hardly showing us anything. We saw the Sony Ericsson Z750a announcement yesterday, but so far the company hasn't unveiled any brand-new handsets. In fact, the best news concerns a smartphone we already know about. This time we actually got to touch the fancy Xperia X1, which the company announced at GSMA World Congress. At the previous show the Windows Mobile 6.1 handset either rested behind glass or in the firm grip of a Sony Ericsson employee. It's disappointing to see the company phone it … Read more
Back when we reviewed the Sony Ericsson Z750a last year we had a hunch that it would come to AT&T. Granted, it's a pretty obvious guess AT&T still is the only GSM carrier in the United States to offer a 3G network, but it's still nice to be correct.
The carrier got a jump start on CTIA today by announcing it was offering the flip phone in mysterious purple, phantom grey and rose pink. The front face is shiny and reflective and the external display remains hidden when it's not backlit. Inside there'… Read more