Microsoft Nudges Windows 10 Mobile Users To Switch To Ios Or Android

Microsoft Nudges Windows 10 Mobile Users To Switch To iOS Or Android

Very rarely you’d see a company tell its users to shift to a competing platform but Microsoft is doing just that. The company gave up on Windows-powered mobile phones quite a while back and is now gearing up to kill the platform. It’s recommending to Windows 10 Mobile users that they should switch to iOS or Android.

A change has been spotted on the Windows 10 Mobile support page on Microsoft’s website. It tells Windows 10 Mobile users that Microsoft will stop sending out “new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or technical content updates from Microsoft for free” starting December 10th, 2019.

Sony Mobile Rumored To Be Considering Southeast Asia Exit

Sony Mobile Rumored To Be Considering Southeast Asia Exit

While Sony makes pretty decent smartphones, it is obvious that they aren’t holding up so well against the competition like Samsung, or Chinese OEMs such as Xiaomi and OnePlus where they are offering smartphones at incredibly affordable prices. This is why it didn’t come as a surprise when Sony decided to reduce their focus in the US, China, and India back in 2016.

However it seems that Sony could be considering pulling out of more markets, at least according to a report from Malaysian tech publication Soya Cincau. The report claims that Sony had previously been quick to launch their new phones in the Malaysian market, but they have yet to launch anything new.

Nintendo Plans To Release 2-3 Mobile Games A Year

Nintendo Plans To Release 2-3 Mobile Games A Year

Nintendo is absolutely killing it in the home console market at the moment with the Switch and its games selling pretty well, making the failure of the Wii U a very distant memory. The company has also in recent years embraced mobile gaming, something that they had refused to do in the past.

As if to show their commitment to the mobile space, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa spoke to Japanese publication Kyoto Shimbun (via Nintendo Everything) where he revealed the company’s plans to release anywhere between 2-3 mobile titles a year. He also clarified that the company had no plans to solely work on smartphone games.

Sony Mobile To Exit South-east Asia?

Sony Mobile to exit South-East Asia?

Sony Mobile has been retrenching from a number of smartphone markets over the last couple of years, in an effort to save costs, as it battles relevancy in a cutthroat industry, with fast-moving competitors. It is clear that the main focus of Sony's smartphone endeavours are now Japan, Europe and China/Taiwan, at the expense of most other regions. Sony might still be selling their Xperia smartphones in places like the United States, but not with the same push as seen in the above regions.

Sony Mobile Mwc 2019 Invites Going Out

Sony Mobile MWC 2019 invites going out

Sony Mobile has started to release invites for the MWC press conference in Barcelona. Sony's event will take place on Monday 25 February 2019 at 8.30am CET. Sony will be livestreaming the event, with details at the following link.

Japan Blames Mobile Games For Destroying The Eyesight Of Students

Japan Blames Mobile Games For Destroying The Eyesight Of Students

According to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, it seems that the country has a problem with the health of its students. To be more specific, it seems that they have found that a record high 25.3% of students have failed to meet the 1.0 mark in vision tests, and that perhaps too much time on smartphones and mobile games might be to blame for this.

Breaking these figures down further, it seems that 34.1% of elementary students at 67.09% of high school students do not have 1.0 vision (also known as 20/20 vision), the highest ever in the history of Japan. The ministry writes, “According to experts, this can be linked to the increased time spent staring at screens caused by smartphone usage and mobile games.”

Sony Mobile Cuts A Quarter Of Its Workforce In Lund, Sweden

Sony Mobile cuts a quarter of its workforce in Lund, Sweden

We have talked extensively about the troubles facing Sony's mobile division, and unfortunately those poor results cannot continue forever without consequence, and that typically means more cost cutting. One area that is feeling the brunt of this is Sony Mobile's operations in Lund, Sweden. We saw several local reports surface a few weeks back, and we have since confirmed this with a number of our own contacts.

Nintendo Trademark Filings Hint At New Mobile Games

Nintendo Trademark Filings Hint At New Mobile Games

We know that Nintendo is very interested in creating games for mobile, a narrative that was different several years ago when the company was largely against mobile gaming. Now thanks to recently discovered trademark filings, it appears that Nintendo is interested in bringing more franchises onto mobile.

Based on the filings, it seems that Nintendo has trademarked Metroid: Other M and Super Mario Galaxy. Now these names aren’t new and are actually games Nintendo has launched in the past. However what makes these filings interesting is that they are broadly filed that will cover all bases, including “program for smartphone”, indicating that these are potential titles that Nintendo might be considering for mobile.

Sony Mobile Continues To Shrink – Ships Lowest Number Of Smartphones Ever

Sony Mobile continues to shrink – ships lowest number of smartphones ever

Sony Corporation released its fiscal second quarter results earlier today (three months to end of September 2018), and while overall results are sound, its mobile division continues to disappoint. Quite frankly, it was a terrible quarter for Sony Mobile. The business only managed to ship 1.6 million Xperia smartphones during the quarter – the lowest ever for Sony – with shipments down by over half compared to the same period last year.

Sony Mobile Discontinues Xperia Lounge Gold And Silver Membership

Sony Mobile discontinues Xperia Lounge Gold and Silver membership

Sony's Xperia Lounge app comes pre-installed on all Xperia phones, and showcases all that is new to Xperia customers including themes, tips, news, offers and competitions. Sony used to segment its customers into Gold and Silver memberships – Gold for those that bought flagships and Silver for everything else. Those with Gold would get exclusive offers or free themes.

Tor Project Releases Mobile Browser For Android

Tor Project Releases Mobile Browser For Android

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The Tor Project surprised its fans this week by releasing its mobile browser for Android. The organization has released the first alpha of the Tor browser for Android as part of the Tor Browser v8 update that was released earlier this week. It’s the first ever mobile browser from the organization that’s behind the Tor network and the eponymous browser.

Xperia Xz3 Pre-orders Open In Sony Mobile Store Europe

Xperia XZ3 pre-orders open in Sony Mobile Store Europe

Sony Mobile Store Europe has opened up pre-orders for the Xperia XZ3. In the UK, the handset will cost £699 with three options available (Black, White Silver, Bordeaux Red). Forest Green is likely to be exclusive to a carrier in the UK. Sony has flagged the expected release date as 5 October 2018.