Verizon Wireless scrapped plans to launch Sony's Xperia Z4v smartphone, though Verizon committed to working with Sony and the Japanese electronics firm said it still remains engaged in the U.S. smartphone market. However, the decision to drop the phone is a blow to Sony's goal of expanding sales in the U.S. Meanwhile, Sony said it will spin out its semiconductor business into a new unit in a bid to focus on growth in products like image sensors.
Sony has launched a new YouTube channel themed around 4K content, not only to promote its line of 4K/Ultra HD cameras, but also to spur growth in 4K usage by content creators.
With major studios like Rovio announcing layoffs, abandonment rates continuing to climb and increasing challenges with in-app monetization, there have to be days when even the most optimistic mobile game developer wonders if the best days of the industry are behind it.
HTC's Vive virtual reality headset will not have a widespread commercial launch in 2015, as initially planned, with the launch slipping into 2016. HTC had previously said the Vive would be commercially released by year-end.
Sony has rolled out its PlayStation Vue IP-based pay-TV service to Dallas and Miami. The expansion, announced in a Sony blog post, puts the service in seven markets, with New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles seeing previous deployments.
Sony knows that smartphones are integral parts of modern life and connect to many other consumer electronics and other connected devices, and for that reason alone, it is not going to get out of the smartphone business, according to a senior company executive.
Sony announced the immediate expansion of its streaming pay-TV service, Vue, to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Sony has expanded the playability of its PlayStation Vue pay-TV service beyond its own device universe, introducing a new iPad app for the streaming platform.
Increasingly, smart TVs produced by manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic are becoming the big screen of choice for OTT-savvy consumers. But despite advances in areas like processing speed, other components need to come up to par--such as "horror show" remote controls and a fragmented app environment.
Sony Mobile Communications CEO Hiroki Totoki said the company could change its smartphone prices and cut even more costs if needs be to counteract the U.S. dollar's rise in value against the yen. According to Reuters, he said that currency shifts are a bigger potential threat to the mobile unit's turnaround than the cutthroat competition in the smartphone industry.