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.

Nintendo Will Release Dragalia Lost Mobile Game On September 27th

Nintendo Will Release Dragalia Lost Mobile Game On September 27th

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It was reported in April that Nintendo has teamed up with Cygames to develop its first original action RPG mobile game called Dragalia Lost. The company was previously only allowing pre-registrations for this game on its Japanese language website but it has now confirmed the release details for this title in other markets as well. The company’s first original mobile game called Dragalia Lost is going to be released on September 27th.

Pubg Mobile Lite Launched For Low-end Android Devices

PUBG Mobile Lite Launched For Low-End  Android Devices

Games like PUBG and Fortnite can be demanding in terms of hardware requirements due to the battle royale nature of the game which would require the device it’s played on to render a lot of graphics at the same time. This is why Fortnite for Android’s specs have essentially precluded it from lower-end Android phones.

Now just because you can’t afford a high-end smartphone, does that mean you should be punished for it by now being able to use certain apps or play certain games? That’s what publisher Tencent doesn’t want, and have since launched PUBG Mobile Lite. As the name would suggest, this is a “lighter” version of the game that has been designed for lower-end Android smartphones.

Sony's Q1 Fy2019 Results Point To Bleak Mobile Prospects

Sony's Q1 FY2019 results point to bleak mobile prospects

Sony reported its fiscal first quarter results for FY2019 earlier today (3 months to 30 June 2018), and unfortunately for us Xperia fans, prospects aren't looking great for its mobile division. Sony Mobile only shipped 2.0 million phones during the quarter, versus 3.4 million in the same period last year.

Sony Mobile Highlights Its Innovation In Mobile Through Infographic

Sony Mobile highlights its innovation in mobile through infographic

Sony Mobile has published a new infographic highlighting the pedigree the Xperia brand has had in innovating in mobile. Sony highlights the number of world-firsts that were seen on an Xperia smartphone before anywhere else. For example, the Xperia Z saw the highest level of water resistance seen on a mobile at the time in 2013. Since then, we've seen the first 4K display with the Xperia Z5 Premium, while the Xperia XZ2 brought the first 4K HDR video recording in a smartphone. We really hope Sony continues to innovate in the mobile space as we move forward. What features would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below.