Sony reveals it's developing a new launcher to replace Xperia Home

Sony reveals it's developing a new launcher to replace Xperia Home
After Sony revealed that no further features would be added to its Xperia Weather app, it didn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that the Xperia Home Launcher was also entering maintenance mode, leading many to assume future Sony smartphones would simply make use of the stock Android launcher. However, it turns out this won’t be the case, with the Japanese company confirming that it’s working on an Xperia Home replacement.

Currently, it's unclear what kind of changes Sony has planned, but considering it’s decided to scrap the previous launcher altogether and start again, the Japanese brand certainly appears to have something big in the works, possibly a new UI that makes better use of the new gesture controls that are arriving with the Android P release.

Regardless of what the new launcher will bring, the company is yet to reveal any details in terms of a launch timeline, or how long the new launcher has been in development for – it could simply be a new idea following user backlash – but if it does have anything to do with the gesture controls, the Japanese brand could opt to include the Xperia Home replacement in a future Android P beta release, a move that would allow it to be tested among a limited number of Xperia XZ2 users before a much wider rollout.


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18 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1238; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Nice. Sony's new launcher will undoubtedly be great.

2. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

This is not true. No one will do it that way: first to anounce that you're stopping development of the launcher and days after to announce that you working on new one. In reality you'll announce the new and then to stop the old one. This is clear attempt to stop rumors about SONY quitting mobile phone business. And it shows that it is true.

4. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

troll Stop crying, If you stop giving support to the old one, why is there a new one, you have seen a mobile without Launcher? The one who has to stop drugs is you

8. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Is there any guarantee for the new one? Or just using stock launcher with few tweaks? O-h-h, there are planty of China phones without launcher. Plus iPhones. Happy? And to know - I actually own Sony phone - xzp. Do you have SONY phone? Or just blind fan?

13. adibuyono

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Well, I think you are trying to explain "stock launcher" instead of "no launcher". Well, Sony launcher with a minimal tweaks, that's doesn't sound strange at all. It's been so for a long period already, and that's what I like from it. Sony launcher is quite clean from those bloat, and one of the lightest launcher so far.

15. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

I have xzp

7. blac.inc

Posts: 59; Member since: May 16, 2018

Your comment alone is very misleading.

3. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

No doubt it will be the fastest launcher again

5. Stormrider

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

The way they should respond to "user backlash" is by bringing back the headphone jack, fix the fingerprint scanner placement, and pass on the 18:9 fad, and not something no one asked for.

14. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Jack will never come back..

6. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Stop wasting time and just use google launcher.

9. libra89

Posts: 2290; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nope, don't want that. I like Sony's experience better, considering that you can actually change the icons! You can't do that with Google launcher.

11. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Never, sonys launcher is by far the best imo. I went back to xperia now, and it is the fastes Android put there, mabye pixel also.

16. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Google Launcher has ZERO FEATURES WHATSOEVER.

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Damn it's just a launcher, 100's on play store. It's akin to complaining about wallpapers.

12. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Good move by Sony, it should be something with new features like Samsung & LG

17. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Bring it on sony,but i want that old UI launcher also kept as a option then we got both combination.

18. ullokey

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

The sony launcher, despite looking a bit outdated was the best around in my humble opinion. Sony phones are the only phones where i do not install Nova launcher

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