The days of the Sony VAIO are coming to an end. Sony today announced that it has sold its PC business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) as part of a strategy to focus on other areas, including its mobile division. The two sides have reached a preliminary agreement and aim to have a final agreement plotted by the end of March. As a result, Sony will cease planning to develop new PC’s and will discontinue manufacturing and sales this spring.
Sony will also take a big step to spin out its TV business, which has been losing money, later this summer. By taking focus off two its biggest traditional businesses, Sony should theoretically have more resources to devote to mobile. High-end smartphone sales in Japan and Europe have sparked growth for Sony’s mobile business, which is why the company issued the following statement as part of its announcement:
“Following a comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry, Sony’s overall business portfolio and strategy, the need for continued support of Sony’s valued VAIO customers, and future employment opportunities for personnel involved in the VAIO business, the Company has determined that concentrating its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and transferring its PC business to a new company established by JIP is the optimal solution.”
Maybe Sony can finally accelerate those Android updates now that it has more time on its hands?