Sharp Plans Symbian Phones
Jul 12, 2004, 8:49 AM by (staff)
At a press conference last week, Sharp announced plans to start using the Symbian operating system (OS) in some of its phones. The Japanese company also aims to boost its international phone business to 50% of shipments, up from 30% today. The company plans to adopt Symbian primarily for higher-end GSM and WCDMA phones. The company recent international models includes the TM100 and the GX30, Europe's first megapixel camera phone.
Sharp Shows Off Curved Display Concept
Sharp this week revealed a concept smartphone screen that has actual curved corners and nearly no bezels. The concept panel is called Corner R.
Sharp May Have Found Buyer for LCD Business
Sharp CEO Kozo Takahashi said the company is in talks with several others concerning a sale of its LCD business unit. "I cannot provide any names, but we are currently in negotiations with multiple companies," said Takahashi.
Sharp Leaning Toward Foxconn's $5.5B Bid
Sharp is favoring an acquisition offer from Foxconn over a potential rescue from Japanese investors. Sharp has lost market share in the consumer electronics business over the last few years while prices for its display panels have sunk.
Sharp Looking to Divest LCD Business
Sharp is hoping it will be able to spin off a portion of its LCD panel business. The company wants to unload the piece of its display unit that makes small- and mid-sized displays for devices such as smartphones and tablets.