Saturday, June 27, 2015
This article explains the tragic end of Sony as an electronics company. I have been very negative about Sony for decades because of their poor product quality and high prices (excluding their professional electronics division), but it seems this has finally caught up with them, and it is too late for them to recover. At some point, attractive product design just isn't enough. The last paragraph says it all:
For everyone else, this is kind of depressing — Sony was among the first great consumer electronics companies, and now it's falling apart because smartphones and software completely subsumed almost every device in its catalog. Sony's phones are generally excellent now, but haven't seen nearly the kind of traction Samsung's phones have seen. Sony also made the cardinal error of trying to foist garbage software and services on people. That error is slowly being corrected; most Sony devices now run basically clean versions of Android, and Sony just killed its in-house music streaming service in favor of Spotify. But it's too little, too late: the customers Sony needs have been buying Samsung products for too long now.
All the Japanese electronics manufacturers are having problems, but the decline of Sony is the most extreme.