Sony Ericsson to release Windows Phone 7 handsets in 2011

In a recent press conference with investors, company’s CEO Bert Nordberg announced that Sony Ericsson will work to release Windows Phone 7 based smartphones in 2011, moving away from previous OS used, Symbian. Nordberg did not explicitly said what kind of handsets they will release or even when exactly they will be released, but we cannot feel sorry that the company will miss the holidays again.

Sony Ericsson is not amazingly successful, due in part to their prices and their lack of coherent plans for software upgrade. The most expensive Sony Ericsson smartphone, Xperia X10 for example doesn’t use the latest Android OS 2.2 (when most of its competition does) while being priced significantly above the market.

Windows Phone series, as a Microsoft product is famous to bring deep XBOX Live integration. It would be interesting to know if Sony intends to add any kind of Playstation Network Functionalities or even PS3 Remote Play, a technology found in their portable PSP devices and some Sony Vayo laptops that allows PlayStation Portable user to interact with their PlayStation 3’s Xross Media Bar.

Sales overall were €1.6bn, with net income of €48m ($68.8m) which is fairly weak for a major player in the smartphone market.

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