Sony developing handheld devices to counter Apple: WSJ

March 4, 2010
A view of the headquarters building of Japan's electronics giant Sony Corporation in Tokyo. Sony is developing a new lineup of handheld products to counter Apple's stable of portable devices, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Japanese electronics giant Sony is developing a new lineup of handheld products to counter Apple's stable of portable devices, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the matter," said the products under development include a smartphone capable of downloading and playing PlayStation games being developed with Swedish cellphone partner Ericsson.

Another project is a portable device that the Journal said blurs the distinctions between a netbook computer, an electronic book reader and a PlayStation Portable, or PSP.

The multifunction device is reportedly designed to compete against Apple's upcoming iPad.

The new smartphone and the multifunction device were expected to work with Sony's online media platform due to launch this month in the United States offering movies, TV shows and music like Apple's iTunes, the Journal said.

It said the new products were targeted for launch this year.

Sony Ericsson is to release its first smartphone, the Xperia X10, a device powered by Google's Android operating system, in April.

Sony refused to confirm the report but stressed that the electronics giant is interested in networked portable products.

"Sony and Sony Ericsson have been strengthening their collaboration in the networked mobile space," it said in a statement.

"However, it is not our strategy to discuss future products or business plans before we make a formal announcement. Any media report that suggests details of the product or business is based on speculation."

Apple has sold more than 40 million iPhones. The iPhone and iPod Touch are competing with Sony's PSP in the handheld gaming market. The iPad is expected to rival the Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle in the e-reader market.

Explore further: Sony e-book reader gets 500,000 books from Google

Related Stories

Sony e-book reader gets 500,000 books from Google

March 19, 2009

(AP) -- Google Inc. is making half a million books, unprotected by copyright, available for free on Sony Corp.'s electronic book-reading device, the companies were set to announce Thursday.

Sony silent on reports of 'PlayStation phone'

June 29, 2009

Sony Corp. remained tight-lipped over reports that it may combine its PlayStation Portable game console with a mobile telephone into a new gadget to challenge rival Apple's iPhone.

Dell Planning Pocket Web Gadget

July 1, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- Dell engineers are in the process of developing a pocket handheld device for browsing the internet. Dell plans on using the Google Inc.'s Android software and may also use chips based on designed licensed ...

Apple to unveil tablet computer: reports

July 27, 2009

What's next from Apple? According to various reports, the California-based company plans to come out later this year with a portable tablet-sized computer that can surf the Web and may also serve as an electronic book reader.

Walkman outsells iPod in Japan: survey

September 3, 2009

The Walkman outsold the iPod in Japan last week for the first time in four years, handing Japanese electronics giant Sony a rare victory over arch-rival Apple, a survey showed.

NY Post, Journal offer Sony e-reader deals

December 17, 2009

(AP) -- The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post are offering exclusive subscription deals through the latest electronic reader from Sony Corp.

Recommended for you

Smart home heating and cooling

August 28, 2015

Smart temperature-control devices—such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures—are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

Smallest 3-D camera offers brain surgery innovation

August 28, 2015

To operate on the brain, doctors need to see fine details on a small scale. A tiny camera that could produce 3-D images from inside the brain would help surgeons see more intricacies of the tissue they are handling and lead ...

Team creates functional ultrathin solar cells

August 27, 2015

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria has developed an ultrathin solar cell for use in lightweight and flexible applications. In their paper published in the journal Nature Materials, ...

Interactive tool lifts veil on the cost of nuclear energy

August 24, 2015

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.