Sony Ericsson K550
The Sony Ericsson K550 is a mid range mobile phone. Announced on February 6, 2007, it was the successor of the K510 model sensor with two-LED photolight and an active lens cover for the camera lens protection and easy camera activation when taking pictures from the phone; the phone has a variant in the form of K550im, the first i-mode enabled phone bearing the Cyber-shot logo trying to build into the success of the Sony Ericsson K610im model. The phone was one of the first Sony Ericsson models in which the user can find the Fast-Port system connector at the left side instead on the typical bottom part. Estimated CPU class: ARM9 201 MHz 2-megapixel camera with autofocus, 2 LED Photolight, active lens cover 2.25x digital zoom Quad-band GPRS/EDGE support Internet browser MP3, WMA/AAC playback 77 MB internal memory, expandable with memory stick micro slot up to 2 GB FM radio with RDS and track ID music recognition Bluetooth 2.0 with support for stereo sound output Java MIDP 2.0 based from Sony Ericsson's Java Platform 7 Real multitasking SAR 1.25 W/kg 262k color TFD LCD 176 x 220 pixels Li-Po 950 mAh The K550i design is similar to other models in the cyber-shot range, but it is slimmer than its predecessors the K790 and K800.
Its keyboard layout is redesigned relative to those models Just like its fellow Sony Ericsson models since the K750/W800/W810, the K550 can be modified in various ways. Tutorial on changing the Camdriver These two modifications are the most popular modifications available for the K550 user as well as other Sony Ericsson model users; the phone menu can be modified, enabling changing menu icons and the media player background. A Sony Ericsson W610 housing fits the K550, it is possible to flash the K550 with W610 firmware which features Walkman 2.0 and flash menus pre-installed, but features like the slide shutter, native to the K550i will not be available in the flashed version considering the W610i does not support the architecture. Tutorial on flashing a K550 to W610 Sony Ericsson K550i product overview Sony Ericsson K550 GSMArena review Sony Ericsson K550 specifications GSMArena
Sony Ericsson C905
The Sony Ericsson C905 is a high-end mobile phone in Sony's'C' range, along with the low-end'S' range cameras, supplants the earlier'K' range of camera phones. It is the flagship model in Sony Ericsson's range for 2008 and it was released on 22 October 2008. It's the first 8-megapixel camera phone to be released outside Korea, while adding the Assisted GPS and Wi-Fi function, it is the first Sony Ericsson mobile phone to support the DLNA sharing network and is the first Cyber-shot phone to feature in AT&T. 2.4", 240x320 pixels, 262,144 color TFT LCD 8.1 megapixel CMOS Autofocus lens Xenon flash, 3-LED videolight, focus assist lamp, self-portrait mirror Image stabilizer Face detection auto focus up to 3 faces Smile Shutter Auto Rotate BestPic 16x digital zoom Video recording: QVGA @30fps Dedicated camera still/record/review key Dual Function D-Pad Mechanical lens cover PhotoAlbum PictBridge Blog link GPS with A-GPS, with picture geotagging support WLAN 802.11b/g, DLNA technology NetFront 4.5 web browser with Autorotate Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Apple iSync supported via a free plugin from Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Media player 3.0 with MegaBass WMA/MP3/AAC ringtones FM Radio with RDS Shazam TrackID application to identify music PlayNow 5.0 160MB internal 2GB M2 included, up to 8GB max.
Four colours:'Copper Gold','Ice Silver','Night Black' and'Tender Rose' For some users, the C905 can fail to startup, instead just show a black screen with the backlight turning on and off repeatedly. This problem happens due to internal data corruption, can only be fixed by restoring the phone to its original software/firmware — meaning that all personal data will be erased. On some occasions, this problem can be fixed by using the Update Service software that comes on the CD. However, personal data will still be erased. Users are recommended to backup their data using both a Memory Stick — for photos and contacts — and using the software MyPhoneExplorer to back up other data to a PC. A startup failure can be predicted. A hardware fault, reported is that the earpiece speaker on the slider-screen will quit working due to a fragile connector; this can sometimes be temporarily ` fixed' by holding the ` c' button on the right side. Sony will repair this at no cost. Vodafone staff claim. Samsung i8510 Innov8 Samsung M8800 Pixon LG Renoir Nokia N82 Sony Ericsson K850i Sony Ericsson press release Official C905 specifications Official C905 specifications for developers Press photos of C905
Sony Mobile Communications Inc. is a multinational telecommunications company founded on October 1, 2001 as a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson, headquartered in Tokyo and wholly owned by Sony. It was incorporated as Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, headquartered in London, until Sony acquired Ericsson's share in the venture on February 16, 2012. Sony Mobile has development facilities in Lund, Sweden. At its peak in 2007, Sony Ericsson held a 9 percent global market share making it the fourth largest vendor at the time; as of 2017 Sony Mobile held 4.8 % in Europe and 16.3 % in Japan. Since the current ownership structure, Sony Mobile create Android-powered smartphones under the Xperia sub-brand name - it currently or developed tablet computers and fitness trackers, alongside accessories and software for the devices; the current flagship device is the Sony Xperia 1. Swedish company Ericsson had been making mobile cell phones since the 1980s, their first handheld device being the Hotline Pocket introduced in 1987.
In the United States, Ericsson partnered with General Electric in the early nineties as Ericsson Mobile Communications to establish a US presence and brand recognition. General Electric left the joint venture. Ericsson had decided to obtain chips for its phones from a single source—a Philips facility in New Mexico. On March 17, 2000, a fire at the Philips factory contaminated the sterile facility. Philips assured Nokia that production would be delayed for no more than a week; when it became clear that production would be compromised for months, Ericsson was faced with a serious shortage. Nokia had begun to obtain parts from alternative sources, but Ericsson's position was much worse as production of current models and the launch of new ones was held up. Ericsson, in the mobile phone market for decades, was the world's third largest cellular telephone handset maker at the time behind Nokia and Motorola, was struggling with huge losses and decreasing market share; this was due to this fire as well as its inability to produce cheaper phones or fashionably-designed phones like Nokia managed to do.
Speculation began about a possible sale by Ericsson of its mobile phone division, but the company's president, Kurt Hellström, said it had no plans to do so. Hellström said, "Mobile phones are a core business for Ericsson. We wouldn't be as successful if we didn't have phones". Sony was a marginal player in the worldwide mobile phone market with a share of less than 1 percent in 2000. By August 2001, the two companies had finalised the terms of the merger announced in April. Ericsson contributed a majority of the Ericsson Mobile Communications company, excluding a minor part spun off as Ericsson Mobile Platforms. Sony contributed its entire handset division; the company was to have an initial workforce of 3,500 employees. Sony Ericsson's strategy was to release new models capable of digital photography as well as other multimedia capabilities such as downloading and viewing video clips and personal information management capabilities. To this end, it released several new models which had built-in digital camera and colour screen which were novelties at that time - examples include the Sony Ericsson T610, the P800 UIQ smartphone, the K700 handset.
The joint venture continued to make bigger losses in spite of booming sales - however it paid off as Sony Ericsson made its first profit in 2003 and in the following years increased handset sales. The joint venture was regarded to have been a success. In 2005, Sony Ericsson introduced the K750i with a 2 megapixel camera, as well as its platform mate, the W800i, the first of the Walkman phones capable of 30 hours of music playback. In 2005, Sony Ericsson agreed to become the global title sponsor for the WTA Tour in a deal worth $88 million US dollars over 6 years; the women's pro tennis circuit was renamed the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Just over a month on June 7, it announced sponsorship of West Indian batsmen Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan. In October 2005, Sony Ericsson presented the first mobile phone based on UIQ 3, the P990. In 2007, the company's first 5-Megapixel camera phone, the Sony Ericsson K850i, was announced followed in 2008 by the C905, the world's first 8.1-Megapixel camera phone.
At Mobile World Congress 2009, Sony Ericsson unveiled the first 12-Megapixel camera phone, named Satio. On January 2, 2009, Sony Ericsson announced in Stockholm that it would have some of its mobile phones made in India, that its two outsourcing partners and Foxconn would manufacture ten million mobile phones per year by 2009. CEO Miles Flint announced at a press conference held with India's communications minister Dayanidhi Maran in Chennai that India was one of the fastest growing markets in the world and a priority market for Sony Ericsson with 105 million users of GSM mobile telephones. Sony Ericsson's handset shipments fell from a high of 30.8m in Q4 1999 to only 8.1m in Q1 2003. The company had made net losses in six of the 15 quarters and seen its cash reserves shrink from €2.2bn to €599m, after taking a €375m cash injection from its joint owners. The eclipse of the Symbian operating system by Apple's iPhone, by Google's Android, has affected Sony Ericsson's position in the market; the company struggled following the launch of Apple's iPhone in the third quarter of 2007.
Sony Ericsson was overtaken by its South Korean rival LG Electronics in Q1 2008. Sony Ericsson's company's profits fell sig
Ericsson Mobile Communications
Ericsson Mobile Communications AB was a subsidiary of Ericsson focused on development of mobile phones. The major offices were located in Lund, Raleigh, North Carolina and Lynchburg, Virginia. Under the command of Ericsson Radio Systems present CEO Lars Ramqvist, a new joint venture company was formed together with General Electric July 1, 1989, under the name Ericsson GE Mobile Communications; the company consisted of all mobile phone activity of both companies in Sweden and USA. Ericsson owned 60% of the company, General Electric owned 40%. In this fusion GE contributed, among other things, a factory of some 1,600 employees in Lynchburg, Virginia. Ericsson Radio Systems former CEO Åke Lundqvist moved to the US as CEO for the new company, which controlled the mobile handset activities in Kumla and the research facility in Lund. Mobile telephony, at this time, constituted 14% of the billing in the business unit for radio communications at Ericsson. In 1990 Ericsson GE Mobile Communications, at the initiative of Åke Lundkvist, opened a new office for research and development in Research Triangle Park, a science park in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The purpose of this initiative was to divide research and development from pure manufacturing, to mirror the split between Kumla and Lund in Sweden. The activity in Ericsson GE Mobile Communications was characterized by severe cooperation problems between the two companies, inability to break into the U. S. market for mobile phones. In the beginning of 1992 Ericsson purchased another 20% of the joint venture and Ericsson GE Mobile Communications was owned to 80% by Ericsson. At the end of 1993 General Electric left the board for the joint venture. On April 1, 1998, General Electric used a bail-out sell clause in the contract with Ericsson and sold its remaining last part of the joint venture back to Ericsson, which thereby became the sole owner of the company. In 1994 mobile telephony made up 85% of the activities in the Ericsson business unit for Radio Systems and this business unit increased its billing for activities including systems and terminals with 73%. Mobile telephony was now regarded a core product, March 1, 1994, Johan Siberg assumed the role as CEO for the common company Ericsson GE Mobile Communications which changed its name to Ericsson Mobile Communications AB and created a wholly owned subsidiary with its main office in Sweden.
In 1994 a side track activity with the short distance radio technology Bluetooth was initiated within the company, in 1997 ECS joined forces with Intel in this activity. In 1998 the Bluetooth Special Interest Group was created in cooperation with Intel, IBM, Nokia and Toshiba, in 2000 a corporate spin-off named Ericsson Technology Licensing was created to host the technology, the first actual product, a Bluetooth headset, reached the market. Growth and volumes in ECS increased and the first years all focus was on ramping up the production, met with success. In 1998 the company generated a profit of 13 billion SEK; however in 1999 the company encountered problems in the consumer market, after the main competitor Nokia had started to use design as a weapon to gain market shares. Nokia 3210 has been described as an troublesome product, as it lacked an external antenna. Ericsson viewed this as a technically inferior construction, but the consumers chose this design direction anyway. At the same time, Nokia started to compete by economies of scale and could thus bring down the price on components.
During 1998 the company ran into problems in the completion of their next flagship phone model, Ericsson T28. It was planned for introduction in time for the Christmas season of 1998, but the launch was delayed until the autumn of 1999. In March 2000 the Philips factory for radio electronics in Albuquerque, New Mexico was hit by lightning and caught fire, which hit the ECS supply chain hard, caused further delays in deliveries; the volume loss has been estimated at 7 million phones. Nokia was able to sign up secondary suppliers before Ericsson and could thus maintain their market lead. According to a study in 2000, Ericsson was the third largest mobile phone vendor with an 11% market share, trailing Nokia and Motorola. In 2000 ECS produced its first smartphone, Ericsson R380, it did not meet with commercial success, but was the first phone to use the Symbian operating system known as EPOC. The company produced a Handheld PC named Ericsson MC218, an OEM-product based on Psion Series 5mx. At this time various experimental projects involving handheld PCs was running: in the annual report of 1999 is a picture of a handheld PC named HS210 cordless display phone which would use Bluetooth to connect to a small base station in a household, another experimental product was the DelphiPad, developed in cooperation with the Centre for Wireless Communications in Singapore, a tablet computer with touch-sensitive screen, Netscape Navigator as web browser and Linux as its operating system.
These products were never finalized. After the turn of the century 2000–2001 the European telecom crisis occurred, hit Ericsson Mobile Communications hard; the business unit containing ECS would now come to generate a loss of 24 billion SEK. In the spring of 2001 the first countermeasures to cut down on the losses began by laying off 600 people in production, while outsourcing all production with some 11,000 people to Flextronics; the research- and development office in Lund was not subject to any major layoffs: 100 people were laid off and some 80 people in facility management and IS/IT were outsourced. A few months however, the huge transformation occ
Sony Ericsson S500
The Sony Ericsson S500i is a mobile phone manufactured by Sony Ericsson. The phone was announced in May 2007 and released in the 3rd quarter of 2007, it is a slim slider phone, measuring 99 x 47 x 14 mm and weighing about 94 grams with its Li-Ion battery. It has 12.0 MB of internal memory. It includes a 2.0-megapixel camera with 4X zoom, it provides video recording and viewing. The music player can play AAC +, eAAC + and MP3 files; the phone has support for EDGE, GPRS and Bluetooth. One feature is that the UI and external lights changes color depending on the time of day, day of the week or with the seasons; the largest women's magazine in Switzerland and Orange Switzerland are releasing the S500 as a fashion mobile phone, specially targeted at women. This package features the S500 together with other fashionable accessories such as a lanyard. Details of S500i at GSMArena Tutorial to convert a regular S500i to a W580i
The Ericsson R310s, produced by Ericsson Mobile Communications, now supported by Sony Mobile Communications, was a mobile phone produced in the early 2000s in a rugged body designed for use in environments or ways which might damage a standard handset. The outside of the body is reinforced with rubber inlays to withstand harsh treatment and to provide a good grip, preventing the phone from being slippery when wet, it is water resistant, the lid having silicone gaskets and membranes of GORE All-Weather material which prevented water from leaking in. At the time the R310s was designed, most handsets still had a vulnerable external antenna; the R310s had a so-called "shark fin" antenna, short and flat, could withstand flexing. The software was similar to that in other Ericsson phones of the period and the package offered voice dialing, vibrating call alert, data/fax capabilities. Aimed at "active lifestyle" users as well as tradespeople and industry, the phone was available in both high-visibility and fashion colours: bright orange and bright yellow, more sombre blue and green.
The phone survived longer than others launched at the same time due to the lack of a replacement ruggedised model. Ericsson R310s information at GSMpedia
Sony Ericsson T610
The Sony Ericsson T610, released in 2003, is a mobile phone manufactured by Sony Ericsson. It was one of the first available mobile phones to include a built-in digital camera, color screen, joystick navigation, was a high selling model; the T610 is available in three distinct colors: Aluminium Haze, Abyss Blue, Volcanic Red. Many customers of Sony Ericsson in the United Kingdom complained to providers about being unable to obtain the phone in any color other than Aluminium Haze, to date it is still the most sold variant of the phone; the retro-style design of the phone was created by industrial designer Erik Ahlgren, garnered appreciation in magazines, at expositions, among buyers. The subtle curves of the body were divided vertically with thin metal or aluminum halves, which were colored; the keypad remained silver regardless of body color variation. The T610 is a cameraphone, it includes 2.5G technologies, supporting GPRS and HSCSD connections with Wireless Application Protocol 2.0 capability.
It supports polyphonic ringtones in MIDI, mobile games in Java ME and Mophun formats, comes with three games. It does not have built-in speakerphone capabilities, however; the latest firmware version for the T610 is R7A011. 770 mAh Li-Pol battery and travel charger Triband Bluetooth wireless technology Infrared port with the infrared eye on the top of the phone, next to the power button Optional: USB cable Built-in GPRS modem WAP 2.0/XHTML browser. Specific absorption rate = 0.89 W/kg T616 - GSM 850/1800/1900 version for North America T628/T630 - New version of the T610 with TFT display, along with new keypad and case, available in Frosty Silver and in certain markets, Liquid Black. It can automatically enlarge pictures to VGA size; the T630 was released in 2004. T637 - Same as T630, but with North American bands. Sony Ericsson's website Sony Ericsson's wap-site Unofficial Club Sony Ericsson T610 Sony Ericsson T610 Forum Mobile Gazette - Retro: Sony Ericsson T610 Compatibility of T610 Bluetooth Device with Microsoft Products How to pair T610 in Linux Internet access via T610 to PDA Connecting a G4 PowerBook to the internet via GPRS with a Bluetooth Sony Ericsson T610