Sony Mobile shuts down 'my Xperia' remote tracking service

Sony Mobile shuts down 'my Xperia' remote tracking service
Sony Mobile, one of the world's major smartphone makers, confirmed recently it has discontinued the 'my Xperia' remote tracking service. Although the company didn't make any announcements previous to the shutdown, Xperia smartphone users who wanted to access the service earlier this week were redirected to Google's Find My Device site.

my Xperia tracking service worked similarly to Google's Find My Device, which is probably one of the reasons Sony Mobile has decided to pull the plug on its own service. Since many Xperia users wondered what happened with my Xperia and why isn't working, a Sony Mobile rep confirmed the service was discontinued.


So, if you're running an Xperia smartphone as your daily driver, you will now be redirected to Google's Find My Device service instead of my Xperia. Overall, this is probably a good decision since the Japanese company can redirect some of the resources to other projects more useful to customers.

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12 Comments

1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

At this point, I wonder will Sony give up all their proprietary services, since every single apps that exist on the Xperia phones could be replace by Google apps.

2. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Is that such a bad thing? When I still had my Xperia Z1 the only Sony apps i actually used were Album and their theme app. Their gallery app Album, it was a great app, better than Google Photos, but Photos has improved significantly. Google is supposedly working on a theme engine for Android itself, so that too will become obsolete. Would make sense for Sony to drop their own app versions if they don't really add anything to what Google already supplies with Google Apps.

9. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree... I still use Album primarily, because it is straight forward to just go and see recent pictures, however when I need to find people in my pics, or enhance them a bit, I rather use Google Photos or Snapseed... Sony's Music app is, in my opinion, the best included on any OEM android version... The video app is just OK.... sometimes I use VLC... Smart Connect is still useful (though there are a lot of improvement that should be done)... but it works great now in tandem with their new Xperia Actions functionality. The included Sketch app has improve so much that I never install the Sketchbook app I bought long ago... it is great to point something in a picture, write on top, has layer support, etc... Movie Creator is fun and I think it was the pioneer of that segment, but right now every gallery app has a similar feature, including Google's own.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Not music app. No othervis good enough to replace.

3. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

I never use that app on my XPeria I always use Google's

5. ibrar1996

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sony won't abandon *MUSIC* app even in 22nd century

6. Rocastle

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

But some google apps are more useful

7. Rocastle

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Music app on sony is better than samsung..

8. Rocastle

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It is because most people prefered Google. Just like Bixby and Google Assistant. I prefered Google Assistant instead of Bixby

10. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Xperia Flagship Fcc ID py7-21831a 5.7" screen Height x width = 15,28cm x 7,24cm

11. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah that was redundant. Never used it myself.

12. epdm2be

Posts: 827; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"...since the Japanese company can redirect some of the resources to other projects more useful to customers..." Yeah, like giving us back FULL functionality in their TV-sideview-app!!!

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