Sony reveals development of Xperia Home Android launcher will cease

Sony reveals development of Xperia Home Android launcher will cease
Recently, Sony revealed that its Xperia Weather app would cease to receive feature updates going forward as part of cost-cutting measures within the brand’s mobile unit. Now, in what appears to have been yet another inevitable move, the ax has fallen on Sony’s own custom Android launcher, Xperia Home.

The team behind the launcher has revealed that a business decision at Sony has been taken that will see the launcher put into “maintenance mode.” This means it will no longer be updated with new features or updates, instead, Sony will simply resolve any important bugs or compatibility issues when necessary. Nevertheless, it’s unclear how long the maintenance updates will go on for, with the team behind the launcher only stating that it will “continue for as long as deemed necessary.” On a side note, the decision also means the Japanese brand will be dismantling the popular Xperia Home beta community on Google+.

Currently, Sony is yet to confirm which launcher its future smartphones will use, but considering the brand’s recent focus on cost-cutting and seamless software updates, as seen with the recent release of the Android P Beta 2 on the Xperia XZ2, the most plausible scenario will see future Xperia devices adopt the default stock Android launcher with essentially zero bloatware.

source: Xperia Home team via: Android Authority

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15 Comments

1. mdorno

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Now Sony just has to make sexier devices that are more widely available.

9. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Remember NOKIA and Symbian? Remember Microsoft and Windows mobile? It happens again. This time with SONY. They will left smartphone business. And why? Cause of bad management decisions! Phone designs, camera software, etc. All that mistakes leads to this point.

2. NinoH

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

The best thing for Sony is too adopt the android stock launcher and then build features on top of it.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Stock has ugly icons.

5. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is true, which made me glad that we can finally replace them.

10. hansip87

Posts: 226; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

solvable by themes, doesn't have to build a launcher to solve simple issue.

3. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I might have to go back to Samsung or Apple if ever Sony adopts stock Android. Btw, I got a new update on my XZ2 this morning, most likely it's the June security update.

6. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Best Android launcher for me 1- Samsung 2- LG 3- Sony Stock Android is missing so many options that it is available in other launchers, Sony should not go stock neither keep in middle in semi-stock launcher. Sony should be special & different than others to succeed in smartphone world & keep away from crowded stock Android market

7. A_A_A

Posts: 222; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Stock Android has a primitive design suitable for toys rather than something serious. Also it lacks a lot of features offered in custom launchers. Cutting costs on launcher won't help Sony as their devices are ugly and can't compete on market. Say XZ2 Compact : ugly and thick device looking like $150 Lumia from past. Not to mention no 3.5 mm jack. How cost cutting is going to help Sony if they keep making such a junk and I'm sure they will continue doing it because Sony never learns from its mistakes..

8. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yes! Come on Sony, reduce those bezels, improve your camera's and adopt Android One. The dream is finally coming true!!!

11. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

They don't need to do this,their launcher is what make me buy their devices over other stock devices except of htc,pixel,samsung devices.

12. Jason2k13

Posts: 1460; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

If Sony kept the XZ premium design and material but with smaller bezels, it would be a very good looking phone.

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2225; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Agreed! I just hope Sony can make a 18:9 4k screen for the XZ2 premium

13. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Guessing they are going to adopt android one.

14. cheetah2k

Posts: 2225; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Looks like Nova Launcher will be popular on Sony devices in the foreseeable future

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