Sony Mobile to amend strategy for releasing flagship models

Sony Mobile Communications will amend its policy for the launch of flagship models by releasing only one new model a year, instead of two models currently, according to sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. A slowdown in hardware competition for smartphones and the maturing high-end smartphone segment have prompted Sony Mobile to modify its roadmap for flagship models, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141022PD211.html

Sony Confirms Launch Of PS4 In China At End Of 2014

Sony has submitted an application to the Chinese government stating that the company plans to launch the Chinese official version of PS4 at the end of 2014 with expected annual shipments of 200,000 units. However, the detailed launch time, place, or shipment mode was not disclosed. Microsoft has already launched Xbox One in China. As its major competitor in the gaming console sector, Sony does not want to fall behind and the company plans to tap the Chinese market with its latest PS4 in December 2014.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/10/19/21048-sony-confirms-launch-of-ps4-in-china-at-end-of-2014

Sony India to double revenue from smartphone market

NEW DELHI: Sony India is unfazed by the turmoil in its global smartphone business, and expects to add people and double its revenue from the segment, though rapidly increasing competition could provide stiff challenge to meeting its outlook, its top official said. “We have a 10% share of the smartphone market in India in value terms, and are among the top players. We have had no impact of the global troubles. There are zero job cuts here, in fact, we will add people,” MD Kenichiro Hibi told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/sony-india-to-double-revenue-from-smartphone-market/articleshow/43466407.cms

Sony Mobile to focus on high-end smartphones, will decrease ODM orders, say Taiwan makers

Sony Mobile Communications, in view of its unsatisfactory smartphone sales performance, has cut its smartphone business personnel by 15% and adjusted operational strategies by focusing on high-end models to seek profitability instead of global market share, and the adjustment is likely to result in gradually decreased orders released to Taiwan-based ODMs, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140922PD211.html

Sony predicts US$2 bil. loss as smartphones lag

TOKYO — Sony expects its annual loss to swell to US$2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business. Citing intense competition, especially from Chinese rivals, Sony said Wednesday it anticipates a net loss of 230 billion yen (US$2.15 billion) for the fiscal year that ends March 31, 2015. Its previous forecast was for a 50 billion yen (US$466 million) net loss.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/09/18/417467/Sony-predicts.htm

Sony thrashes military defence contractor in court

A federal judge has ruled in favour of Sony Corp in a long-running case, overturning a jury verdict for L-3 Communications Corp and invalidating several parts of an image sensor patent held by the defence contractor. Judge Richard Andrews of the U.S. District Court in Delaware said the jury in 2013 was wrong to find L-3’s patent claims were not “obvious,” a key criteria to ensure an invention is sufficiently unique to be patented.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/09/15/Sony-prevails-in-patent-suit-battle-with-defense-contractor-L3/

Xiaomi Mi4 vs. Sony Xperia Z3: Specs, Features and Price Showdown

The Xiaomi Mi4 was released in August while the Sony Xperia Z3 was launched at the IFA 2014 and will be released in September. Those who are choosing between the Xiaomi Mi4 and the Sony Xperia Z3 may want to check out the comparison on specs, features and price below. Both the Xiaomi Mi4 and the Sony Xperia Z3 are powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Krait 400 processor at 2.5 GHz with 3 GB of RAM.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/10174/20140912/xiaomi-mi4-vs-sony-xperia-z3-specs-features-and-price-showdown.htm

Sony Reveals Full Game Lineup for Tokyo Game Show 2014

Sony has just announced its full lineup of games set to make an appearance at this year’s highly anticipated Tokyo Game Show. Organized by Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) along with Nikkei BP, this year’s show will be held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. The show opens on September 18 but will be open to the public on September 20.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/9257/20140909/sony-reveals-full-game-lineup-for-tokyo-game-show-2014.htm

Sony mobiles to support PlayStation 4 games

The latest line of top-tier mobiles from Sony, the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact, will be able to stream console games directly from a PlayStation 4 on the same WiFi network. Announced at the annual consumer electronics show IFA Berlin, the Z3 line will also be accompanied by a Game Control Mount accessory that lets the devices clip on to a PlayStation 4 controller.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/09/06/Sony-mobiles-to-support-PlayStation-4-games/

Sony reveals Android Wear-based SmartWatch 3, along with e-ink-equipped SmartBand Talk

Sony revealed two new wearables at IFA on Wednesday: the SmartBand Talk and the SmartWatch 3, the firm’s first Android Wear device. The SmartWatch 3 comes with a 1.6-inch 320×320 transflective display, which is a bit more resolution than its predecessor had. It also comes with GPS and, like the SmartBand products, it comes with a life-logger application.

http://gigaom.com/2014/09/03/sony-reveals-android-wear-based-smartwatch-3-along-with-e-ink-equipped-smartband-talk/

Sony: Hackers target game sites, Playstation users’ information safe

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25 — Sony Corp said hackers had taken down its PlayStation Network without compromising its 53 million users’ personal data, while the FBI was investigating a bomb scare on a flight carrying a top Sony executive in the United States. The hackers behind the PlayStation attack said they had also targeted the servers of World of Warcraft video gamemakers Blizzard Entertainment, whose website was down, and threatened to attack Microsoft Corp’s Xbox Live network which was also experiencing problems.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/sony-hackers-target-game-sites-playstation-users-information-safe

PlayStation and Xbox butt heads at Hong Kong games fair

HONG KONG: Fans dressed as Transformers, Iron Man and Jedi knights were among thousands at the first day of Hong Kong’s comic and games expo Friday, where Xbox and PlayStation went head-to-head with their new consoles. The Ani-Com show at the city’s harbourside convention centre is one of the biggest of its kind in Asia and was packed with teenagers, many of them in coloured wigs and costumes mimicking their favourite Japanese comic book heroes.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/25/PlayStation-and-Xbox-butt-heads-at-Hong-Kong-games-fair/

Sony Mobile to adopt MediaTek 64-bit quad-core 4G LTE solutions

Sony Mobile Communications will adopt MediaTek’s 64-bit quad-core solution, the MT6732, for production of entry-level and mid-range 4G LTE smartphones for delivering in 2015, according to industry sources. Taiwan-based handset ODMs, including Arima Communications, Compal Communications and FIH Mobile, are currently manufacturing 4G LTE models for Sony Mobile using smartphone solutions from Qualcomm.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140701PD202.html

Sony steps up competition for local market

TAIPEI — Japan’s Sony Mobile Communications launched its first handset supporting the new 700 MHz frequency band in Taiwan Tuesday, in a bid to narrow the gap with its rivals in the country’s 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) market. The Sony Xperia Z2a sports a 5-inch 1080p full-HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 3,000 mAh battery and full support of Taiwan’s LTE bands.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/11/409850/Sony-steps.htm

Sony winning console wars

TOKYO: Sony is winning the console wars for the first time in nearly a decade, a company official confirmed on Monday, offering a rare bright spot on the firm’s otherwise troubled balance sheet. Stellar sales of the new PlayStation 4 gave the Japanese electronic giant a huge leg up over rival Nintendo, which has dominated the console market for eight years.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/sony-winning-console-wars/1142556.html

Sony back at top of console sales after eight years

TOKYO, June 7 — Sony have topped worldwide sales of video game consoles for the first time in eight years, a newspaper reported today, pipping struggling rival Nintendo and signalling the Playstation manufacturer’s comeback. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) sold 18.7 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) systems and other game consoles for the fiscal year to March, the Nikkei business daily said, to Nintendo’s 16.31 million units.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/sony-back-at-top-of-console-sales-after-eight-years

Sony finds Chinese partner to make PlayStation consoles in China

Sony (NYSE:SNE), together with the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group (SHA:600832), will start making and selling PlayStation consoles in China, according to this Bloomberg report. A Shanghai Stock Exchange statement shows that the two companies have registered two new ventures together, and the industry giant will have a 70 percent stake in one venture and 49 percent in the other.

http://www.techinasia.com/sony-finds-chinese-partner-playstation-consoles-china/

Sony shifts LCD TV ODM orders back to Taiwan makers

Amid limited profits from the LCD TV business in 2013, Sony transferred LCD TV ODM orders back to in-house production, causing LCD TV makers to see major order declines, with Foxconn Electronics seeing drops from four million units to less than 50,000. However, going into fiscal-year 2014, Foxconn expects that number to increase to 100,000 units as Sony aims to tackle the market with new units.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140522PD210.html

Sony not selling or shutting TV business, says CEO

TOKYO, May 22 — Sony Corp could take on an equity partner in its TV unit, which has racked up losses every year for a decade, but the Japanese consumer giant was not thinking about selling or exiting the business, its chief executive said today. Sony plans to turn its struggling TV business into a separate entity — Sony Visual Products Inc — within a few months to boost transparency.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/sony-not-selling-or-shutting-tv-business-says-ceo

Sony Music invests US$3m in Shazam, says source

BANGALORE, May 15 — Sony Music Entertainment, a unit of Sony Corp, has invested US$3 million (RM9.7 million) in music-recognition application maker Shazam Entertainment, a source familiar with the matter said. A Wall Street Journal blog post said earlier in the day that Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group owner Access Industries had also invested US$3 million each in Shazam.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/sony-music-invests-us3m-in-shazam-says-source