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Sony has finally gained full control over Sony Ericsson after they paid 1.05 billion euro for the shares they didn’t own before. So what does this mean for Sony and where does the smartphone division go from here? Sony realizes that smartphones are becoming more important than ever – perhaps more important than simple phones ever were. The smartphone doesn’t just fulfill the simple function of calling anymore. It’s also your very personal computing that you take everywhere with you. And in many poor countries, a cheap smartphone may be the only type of computer young people could have for…

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The separating line between smartphone and digital camera has never been this thin! With Sony unveiling its latest CMOS camera sensor for mobile devices, a more pronounced image display can be expected. Having a rating of 8MP, the CMOS sensor gives each unit a different feel as the need for several layers and additional materials is no longer a necessity. As a result, sensors are easier to produce and they can even be made smaller than the previous camera hardware. With regards to its features, the new sensor contains an HDR Movie effect; which results to richer images even with…

For those aware of MLG and GameBattles, you might be interested to find out what is coming to a local Xperia device near you. However to fill you in, MLG (Major League Gaming) has been the host of the some of the most poplar events for gaming competition on such consoles such as the Sony PS3 and Xbox 360. It has been some time since the first talk of the application, but MLG will soon team up with Gameloft and Sony Ericsson to introduce the Xperia Mobile Gaming Arena, which is essentially online gaming competition on more mobile devices. And…

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Despite the fact that the US smartphone market is thickly populated by Android, Apple’s own iOS platform was able to regain some of its losses in the recently concluded quarter. Based on data collected by statistical firm Nielsen, the 44.5% of consumers who bought a smartphone between October and December chose an iPhone. Prior to the iPhone 4S launch in October, iPhone only had a ranking of 25.1%. Alarmingly, 57% purchased the iPhone 4S when it first came out in the market. As of this writing, Android still holds the commanding lead over iOS, standing at 46.3% US smartphone users….

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For fans of Sony Ericsson, the company has recently launched its official Live with Walkman smartphone in India. The unit, priced at Rs. 14,549, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and features a 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor. This is the second Walkman series for the Android platform; the first being the Sony Ericsson W8. An Android 4.0 ICS update will be available for the Live With Walkman soon. Other features of the Walkman phone include a 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touch display, 480x320p screen resolution, 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP secondary camera, 512MB RAM, and a 2GB memory card. As for its…

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Now that Sony has dropped the Ericsson part of their name, we are expecting them to continue to attack the market fiercely as they did in 2011, and according to this leaked roadmap for Sony it looks like they will. Looks like Sony will be dropping 12 handsets to consumers in 2012, starting in April and lasting through to September. Before you get to excited, yes we have to say it, these are all rumors. Including the release dates, prices and names, they are all still rumors. Sony has not confirmed any of this. At this point we don’t even know any…

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Over at Sony’s booth in last week’s CES 2012, the company launched several new devices worthy of attention. Apart from the new Sony Xperia Ion, Xperia S, and a pair of Google TV devices, the company also unvelied some accessories which they called as Smart Extras. This included the Smart Wireless Headset Pro, Xperia SmartTags, and the SmartWatch. The SmartWatch was the one that caught our attention. It is actually a micro display accessory that has an active Bluetooth communication with an Android smartphone. When activated, it is capable of accessing calls, messages, music, and applications wirelessly. The 128x128p display…

Sony Xperia Ion Vs. Motorola Droid 4

Intro Now that the dust has settled from CES, we can dig in and look at some of the new Android tech. Sony and Motorola had many big announcements at CES, with the Motorola Droid 4 (D4) and the Sony Xperia Ion (ION) among them. Motorola and Sony have both been working with Android from early on so I expect a lot from these phones. When comparing them, you will notice some drastic differences that I will explain the significance of and how these differences will affect you when choosing one over the other. The Specs CPU/GPU/RAM At the core…

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Sony Ericsson handsets are known for great quality cameras for snapping pictures and recording HD videos. Apart from that, most of Sony Ericsson’s smartphones under the Xperia line also feature the exclusive Sony Bravia Reality Engine. The Bravia Reality Engine is actually software that basically runs a post-processing engine that enhances the quality of pictures and videos that have been taken by the phone’s camera. Sony Ericsson may no longer hold that sense of exclusiveness, as the guys at XDA-Developers have managed to port the Bravia Reality Engine not just to the Xperia X10 but also to other Android devices,…

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There’s a new addition to the flavor of the Ice Cream Sandwich firmware of Sony Ericson Xperia Play. When you update it with this firmware, you’ll get a pre-rooted with Superuser and Busybox installed unit, included with ICS bootamination, deodexed ROM, libs for baseband compatibility (will only work on -64 baseband, the ones from .62 firmware) and a added Trebuchet launcher (CM9 ICS 4.0.3 one).