Sony’s mobile division is hardly at the top of the extremely competitive Android market, so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise to learn that they’ll likely be cutting out some operations in certain countries by the end of the year. It’s bad news if you live in an affected country, sure, but I don’t think many people will be shocked by the news.
According to Evan Blass, Sony Mobile will be leaving the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa by the end of October. Those are still pretty big regions so it’s going to remove Sony as an option for many people, but clearly they weren’t making enough money to justify staying in the market.
If you live in one of those areas and want a phone, now’s your chance to make a purchase before you lose the option. However, keep in mind that if you buy a Sony phone now (or if you already have one) you’re most likely going to have a harder time with any kind of warranty support and software updates down the line.
source: Evan Blass (Twitter)