Sony continues to shrink its mobile business, more services getting the ax

Sony continues to shrink its mobile business, more services getting the ax
Sony shipped only 600,000 smartphones last quarter, a new all-time low for the Japanese company which continues to shrink its mobile business. But streamlining a smartphone business like Sony doesn't mean just fewer devices launched each year, but also cutting down on various services specifically designed for the Xperia series.

In the last few years, Sony discontinued a couple of services and there are a few more than that are going away this year, XperiaBlog reports. The first one is the official Sony Email app, which will no longer be supported by the Xperia 5 and future devices.

Also, those who own Xperia phones will no longer receive newsletters informing them about software updates. The Software update newsletter will be going away effective December 16, although customers will continue to receive notifications on their Xperia phones when a new update is available.

Finally, we have the Sony Album app which will lose support for the Backup – Powered by Amazon feature. Although the app will continue to exist, an update will remove this feature on March 31, 2020. Keep in mind that even if you don't download the update that removes it, the feature will no longer work after that date.

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11 Comments

1. tbreezy

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Goodness me, it is certainly looking like Sony is slowly exiting the mobile market. They should have never broken up with Ericsson, the day Sony began taking more control from Ericsson is the day they stopped innovating. What a shame.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1410; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Haha, funny, I thought exactly the same the day I read that Sony bought Sony Ericsson from Ericsson. It was pretty obvious to me, because Sony Ericsson was more Ericsson than Sony, with the phones developed in Sweden. When Sony bought Sony Ericsson, effectively they moved the business to a hostile Japanese Mother company, where different departments, like Alpha cameras, Playstation etc. were seeing mobile business as a competitor. Such a bad strategic move.

9. ullokey

Posts: 182; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Did they stop innovating? Really?

10. tbreezy

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Absolutely agreed. I was a huge Sony Ericsson fan, from the P800 days up until the Xperia X10 Android and X2 Windows Mobile devices, thereafter I simply lost interest.

2. vgking9699

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Sony will likely be the next blackberry lol

5. Shubham412302

Posts: 586; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

they were trying to sell mediatek phones with 2300mah battery.

3. Rocket

Posts: 696; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Sony needs to get ride of those bezels asap to catch up with the competition. I never owned a Sony phone before but the day that they make something like the OP7T pro (with a flat screen of course) is the day that i will buy one.

6. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 747; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Lol. If you really think big bezels are what is keeping Sony out of the race, you're not paying enough attention.

4. TadTrickle

Posts: 97; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Sony makes great products. They need to revamp their mobile line. Easier names to understand. Less frequent model refreshes. Bring the price down a bit. Sony should at least be where LG is at

8. josephnero

Posts: 785; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Oh crap

12. oldtvmonitor

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 17, 2019

Sony only cares of their sensor department as it is more profitable than them making xperias, eventually they will close the mobile division and just focus on their camera modules where the moneys at. I dont think samsung making their modules is a treat to them yet, thats the main reason samsung also quited the Dslr game, even towerjazz admitted its dificult to compete against sony in the camera module game.

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