Sony Ericsson Android shipments aid financial turnaround

Sony Ericsson posted a second consecutive quarterly profit in the three months to June 30 based on strong sales of its Android-powered handsets according to the company.

The €12 million (£10m) profit in Q2 compared to a loss of €213 million during the same period a year earlier and Bert Nordberg, Sony Ericsson CEO, attributed the result to the company’s increased shipments of Android handsets.

“I want us to have the biggest share of Android phone sales in the world. If you look globally, the competition is really between Android and iPhone. We currently have three operating systems that we use and I would like that to go down to two, with most of our activity going on Android,” he said.

Nordberg’s comments have led to speculation from analysts that Sony Ericsson will eventually stop manufacturing handsets using alternative Android handsets such as Microsoft’s Windows Mobile or Symbian.

He also said the company also saw improved sales of its non-Android smartphones which raised its average selling price to €160 during Q2.

“Our second quarter results show that the company continued the momentum seen in the first quarter as a result of our focus on the value market and the success of new smartphones, Xperia X10 and Vivaz, launched during the first quarter.

“These models, along with the Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro – which started shipping at the end of the second quarter – have been well received by operators,” said Nordberg.

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