Friday, October 07, 2011

Sony sans Ericsson? Is Sony Ericsson splitting up? Is Sony getting the house and kids?


After ten years, is this relationship on the rocks?

Not a surprise and the rumor has been going around for years actually, but the reports are louder than ever that Sony is going to buy out Ericsson's half of Sony Ericsson. I'm not sure what a loss-making entity like that goes for these days, but the general idea makes sense. What hasn't made sense is the confusion of different products: a tablet from Sony, a PlayStation phone from Sony Ericsson that isn't really a PlayStation phone, the PSP that sort of competes against SEMC's devices.

As we approach the age of the internet of things, this makes sense for Sony.

So, is it goodbye to Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and hello to Sony Mobile?

[ This raises a lot of practical questions: will development stay in Sweden? Will they continue to use Android, or might they hedge their bet and also use WP? ]

It's been a colorful 10 years for this couple:

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