SNE should take a cue from Apple and make only 4 products phones, notebooks, iPods, and tablets. Or should Apple take cue from SONY and make TV's and any other device that can connect to a network? Seeing Apple needs SONY parts and innovation, SONY is still relevant. Think of the number of seniors projected over the next 15-20 years, and the age irreverent percentage of cancer cases increasing each year? SONY in the words of C. Sheen, "Winning!" Trust that once people connect the thought of SONY technology saving lives to when their shopping for SMARTphones, Apple will be 2nd class.
As far as no one having anything nice to say about SONY signles a clear BUY oppertunity for the big guys.
You have to remember that Sony is much more than just Consumer Products. They have a a Professional Products Division, Music Division, Motion Picture Studio and a successful Insurance Division outside the United States.
Apparently the "Buy" signal isn't working. The problem is, nobody is "wanting/demanding" Sony product. They have nothing unique. Their prices are high, quality low, plus they always require additional "proprietary" peripherals at and extra cost.