Up until last year, Sony seemed to have taken more of a devil may care attitude towards its smartphone business. The old management saw these devices merely as portals to the rest of its connected products rather than stars in their own right. That has been changing recently, with Sony seemingly taking its smartphones seriously again. You might not have guessed that with its silence at CES last week but come February it will finally be revealing its new direction. Sadly, it will be making that journey without one of its popular phone models.