Sony reveals development of Xperia Home Android launcher will cease
by Joshua Swingle / Jun 11, 2018, 4:55 PM
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.
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Now Sony just has to make sexier devices that are more widely available.
posted on Jun 11, 2018, 5:04 PM 2
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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.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 1:12 AM 0
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The best thing for Sony is too adopt the android stock launcher and then build features on top of it.
posted on Jun 11, 2018, 5:06 PM 2
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Stock has ugly icons.
posted on Jun 11, 2018, 6:47 PM 4
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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
posted on Jun 11, 2018, 8:25 PM 1
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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..
posted on Jun 11, 2018, 8:27 PM 0
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If Sony kept the XZ premium design and material but with smaller bezels, it would be a very good looking phone.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 2:43 AM 2
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