Never mind what the company's official line says -- 2009 is likely a make-or-break year for Sony Ericsson, and to help turn around its fortunes, it's contributed to UIQ's demise as it tries to ramp up support for Android, Windows Mobile, and the Symbian Foundation. Out with the old, in with the new, as they say -- and to that end, CTO Mats Lindoff will be departing the company at the end of the month (seemingly of his own volition) after six years of marriage. He'll be replaced by Ron Louks, who currently holds the dual roles of Head of Technology, Americas and Deputy CTO, so it shouldn't be too foreign of a role for the guy. With an Americas-focused guy at the helm, maybe we can get a sudden firehose of awesome Sony Ericsson sets this side of the pond, eh?

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Sony Ericsson gets a new CTO