No more Windows Mobile for Sony Ericsson?

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No more Windows Mobile for Sony Ericsson?
The time has finally arrived as Windows Mobile's adventure with Sony Ericsson has come to a complete halt – there will unfortunately won't be any additional development on the aging mobile platform. After releasing the MR1 firmware update for the Sony Ericsson X2, it was expected to fix a myriad of problems and hoped to be the last thing to grace the Windows Mobile handset. Some owners found it to be unstable and were looking forward to the prospect of Sony Ericsson releasing an MR2 update down the road. Now it looks unlikely that it'll happen after their notion to move forward with the Android powered Sony Ericsson X10 and cease all development on Windows Mobile – they intend to devote more attention and man power to the rising platform. Plus they go on to say how the X2 is already at a high level of functionality and that continuing with it could become financially stressful. Hopefully this move will ultimately provide some focus to Sony Ericsson's attention so they can offer users the best level of experience for their Android offerings. Sadly, Windows Mobile has been passed on and owners of current handsets are left to fend for themselves.

source: Eldar Murtazin's LiveJournal (translated)



1. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Well, does this mean that WPS7 is not part of the deal either? The article says "Windows Mobile" but it could easily mean that WPS7 is not in this category. It would be Sony's setback if they are not giving WPS7 at least a try. If WPS7 is not in the category, it is obvious that there is no any down side for SONY because Windows Mobile is a soon to be stopped OS anyway in the near future.

2. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Zerg (love the name btw), But I have to disagree. If Microsoft positions there new KIN line-up and markets it well for the 12-21 audience it is intended for, that could be a huge success. Then those users, when they grow up, could have a biased toward microsoft product and upgrade from their youth phone and progress to a "grown-up" smartphone and continue with Microsoft products. Apple has been successful utilizing Rubenstein's iPod to attract a younger market which lead a younger generation to buy apple products when they honestly don't need what apple computers provide. It comes down to positioning and marketing and coopoeration with the partners that will develop their products and the pricing schemes designed by the carriers. VZW could make or break the KIN line (my money is on break it). If that happens, I can see WP7 ultimately grabbing a small share of the market in the future. VZW broke Palm's webOS by marketing towards mom's on their network instead of the business users it was intended for. If VZW markets KIN toward only preteen girls, then the older teens won't want it, and the early 20s won't want it. It is crucial it is done successfully. The DROID launch and the Storm launches were very successful for VZW, that is needed for KIN in the US, and Vodafone in the EU. Then similar advertising and marketing will be vital to WP7 success as well.... but again, I see failure where success is foreseeable and a great product that pushes the envelop for smartphones and leaves continued innovation broken a little... sigh....

3. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They never mentioned that Sony wont turn up with "Windows Phone"(The new & main term to refer WP and older term was "Windows Mobile"). So taking this into consideration I still dream about upcoming Sony's WP!! And Article clearly mentions the end of "Support for prior Windows Mobile(not "WP" again)". So, Keep dreaming "Power of Dreams ~ Honda" {~,^}=="

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