By Jonathan Wolfe:Sony Corporation (SNE) has crept up slowly in the smartphone market, from being well outside the top 5, and now sitting 4th for market share, sending out 9.8 million units in the 4th quarter 2012, behind competitors Samsung (SSNLF.PK), Apple (AAPL), and Huawei.
The battle over smart phone market share has taken some interesting turns this past year. The majority of attention has been focused on Apple (AAPL) versus Samsung (SSNLF.PK) and whether Nokia (NOK) and Blackberry (BBRY) can regain relevance.
In January, Sony Mobile of Japan unveiled the world's thinnest 10" tablet in the form of the waterproof Xperia Tablet Z. At the time I was certain it would launch stateside alongside Sony's Xperia Z smartphone, and today at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony has confirmed it will indeed hit U.S. retail this Spring.
Sony, which has fallen off the face of the earth as far as influential consumer tech is concerned, is trying to mount a comeback. And one part of its comeback is releasing a credible Android smartphone.
While all eyes might be on the Samsung Galaxy S3, I've been spending time with another flagship Android handset, Sony's Xperia S. It's a masculine looking smartphone which has a lot going for it, but there are a few issues in Sony's first Android powered handset that will make a lot of people think careful before any potential purchase.