Sony Ericsson isn’t doing well in the smartphone industry globally, and though it’s managed to find a hit once in a while, it seems that’s not enough for Sony. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony is looking to buy out Ericsson’s part in the partnership. For those who don’t know, the brand is a 50-50 partnership between Sony and Ericsson, and has been so for ten years. The move may have been triggered by the launch of Sony’s Android tablets under the Sony name and not Sony Ericsson. If the deal does go through, Sony will have a better chance of integrating its mobile services for smartphones, tablets and handheld gaming devices, and maybe, just maybe, it’ll have a shot competing with fair footing with the other Android heavyweights.