A member of Sony’s Xperia Home dev team, Erika Prymus, has just announced that a brand new Xperia Home launcher is in development. A couple of days ago, Sony announced that it’s ceasing the development of its current Xperia Home launcher, while the company also mentioned that the Beta community would soon close as well. The company did not say that a new Xperia Home launcher will be developed, or anything of the sort, which is something they should have mentioned in the original announcement, as the company managed to confuse quite a few people, and make everyone wonder what’s going on.
In any case, out with the old, in with the new, even though we don’t know why Sony felt the need to completely scrap its old launcher. Sony’s current Xperia Home launcher may look a bit dated, but that’s nothing an update can’t fix, but it seems like Sony is looking to completely redesign the launcher and wants to do that from scratch, at least based on the way the company announced everything. Sony is probably looking to modernize its Xperia Home launcher in line with newest Android-related developments, and by that, we mean Android P. The company will almost certainly introduce navigation gestures, though it remains to be seen if those navigation gestures will follow in Android P’s footsteps, or will Sony opt to introduce something similar to what OnePlus, Apple, and Xiaomi have to offer.
In addition to navigation gestures, Sony will probably look to update the design of the Xperia Home launcher, as it started to look dated, not to mention that some of Sony’s native apps need some serious revamp as well, not only as far as the design goes, but functionality as well. Sony’s camera app, for example, needs to shuffle the availability of some toggles, as for some specific toggles, like HDR, for example, you need to dig around settings for one reason or the other. We’re only guessing as to what will Sony do with the new Xperia Home launcher, but we do hope that the company is planning to redesign its apps along with the launcher itself.