If I had to predict which the winners are going to be in this competitive space, I would have to bet the ranch on Samsung and Apple.
The CEO of Sony, Kazuo Hirai stated, "As we strengthen our entertainment and financial operations, we will implement the transformation of our core electronics areas to ensure growth from 2015 on." We've seen Sony over-promise when it comes to guidance in previous years. Therefore, I'm not really sure if Sony will become profitable. 2014 was supposed to be the year in which Sony would leverage its growing smartphone business, shutter non-performing operations, and come away with incremental earnings growth.
I'm starting to think Sony's handset division will have trouble penetrating into developed markets. In the most recent fiscal quarter, the mobile products and communication segment declined by 9% in constant currency. Meanwhile, in the first quarter of 2014, the smartphone market grew shipments by 28.6% year-over-year, according to IDC.
Gone are the days in which Sony could launch a product and rely on its brand to generate sales. It actually has to compete for business, which is something it doesn't seem to be very good at.
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