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Chinese handset market sees new entrants

Interfax-China notes that the country’s mobile phone market has seen the entrance of two new players, Aigo and Sharp.

Sharp and NTT develop mobile car unlocking

Sharp and NTT DoCoMo have developed a mobile phone that can work as an electronic key for Nissan cars, says Cellular News

Sharp cuts profit outlook on weak mobile sales

Sharp has cut its annual operating profit outlook by one-third, citing sluggish growth in mobile handsets.

Symbian Foundation adds members

The Symbian Foundation has announced that Acrodea, Brycen, HI Corporation, Ixonos, KTF, Opera Software, Sharp, TapRoot Systems and UIQ have become new members, taking total membership to 40 companies.

Japanese quartet team on HSPA

Cellular News reports that a group of Japanese firms, including mobile operator DoCoMo, have announced plans to jointly develop a SH-Mobile G4 single-chip LSI device, and a mobile phone platform incorporating it, to support the WCDMA, HSPA and GSM standards

Reports: Nokia eyes Japanese MVNO launch

Nokia, the world’s largest handset vendor, is to launch in Japan as an MVNO, reports International Herald Tribune citing Japanese newspaper reports over the weekend.

Nokia to quit Japan, except high-end brand

Reuters reports that Nokia – the world’s largest handset manufacturer – is to stop selling mobile phones in Japan, except for its luxury Vertu brand, after struggling to compete with domestic vendors.

Report: Sharp to close LCD production lines

Cellular News, citing a Nikkei report, says that Japanese vendor Sharp will shut down production lines for liquid crystal display panels at two domestic plants due to faltering global demand for PCs and mobile handsets.

Fractus sues ten vendors for patent infringement

Ten mobile phone vendors are being sued for allegedly infringing patents relating to internal antennas used on their handsets, according to a Cellular News report.

Sharp eyes niche between netbooks, phones

Reuters reports that Japan’s Sharp plans to launch a paperback-sized mini mobile PC that features a quick start-up time, touchscreen display and full keyboard, targeting niche demand between smartphones and netbooks.