Last year at Mobile World Congress then Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg said that Sony Ericsson was committed to Android. Now, a year later, Sony has decided to buy out Ericsson and we’re not sure if Nordberg will be around for the party. One thing is for sure though, the new Sony Mobile Communications unit is going to continue on, full tilt with Android.
Sony’s biggest challenge in the United States has been securing carrier deals. They’ve got great, beautiful, stylish hardware. Most of their Android devices run a Bravia mobile engine fueled by the same technology that make Sony flat screen 3D and 2D televisions must haves for the living room.
Even Sony’s Timescape UI isn’t as much of a bother as other manufacturers proprietary UI’s.
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Although they haven’t had a lot of exposure in the US we haven’t met a Sony handset we didn’t like. Same thing goes for the new Sony Xperia S and the Sony Xperia Ion. The Ion has found an American home on AT&T’s 4G LTE network which should be a welcomed addition to the AT&T Android line up.
In an interview with Reuters, Sony’s CFO Bill Glaser talked about the pending buy back of the entire mobile unit. Glaser says they are hopeful that the transaction will be completed next month and then they can focus on deeper integration with their other CE products.
“It allows us even deeper integration with Sony offering. Our focus on Android, our focus on smartphones will not be different,”
Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, told a standing room only press conference at CES that the new name for their phone division would be Sony Mobile Communications.