Re: Maybe a change in how the US market is handled?
SO TRUE, so true.
Just look at EVERY SE Android phone: they GIVE IT TO AT&T, the "iPhone-only" provider.
No retail, nobody else, only the provider who's rated as the WORST FOR YEARS- nuff said...
I swear it's the STUPIDEST MANAGEMENT on Earth - just to show how clueless they are: they had one of the very first advanced/customized Android phones out there (X10), with the new AWS 1700MHz support (aka UMTS band IV), the X10 - you'd think it's a natural fit for Android's earliest supporter T-Mobile USA which launched their then-uberfast 3G/4G years ago on 1700MHz...
...so the X10 came to the US almost a year late and where did they choose to launch it?
Yep, on iPhone-infested AT&T.
Seriously, it's waaay beyond the usual arrogant-clueless Japanese incompetency - it's just SHEER STUPIDITY.
It wouldn't take a management genius to notice that
1. AT&T only cares about the iPhone, NOTHING ELSE.
2. AT&T devalues the brand by putting it up for $100-150 at launch
3. T-Mobile was always the best Android-based provider and the Qualcomm platform SE uses to build phones had the 1700Mhz band since day 1.
And this is on the top of the utter chaos they call software development...
..FFS fire all clueless Swedish developers and useless Japanese managers - they got it BACKWARDS.:).They should have left the Japanese alone to develop their crazy ideas but ban them from any market management - they are clearly horrible at that, just like Swedish developers wasted time all sorts of useless crap instead of quickly reaching OS version parity with competitors.
I, for one, am still rooting for these phones but the lack of TMO option and the totally worthless management really destroys whatever cool stuff those crazy Japs dream up & introduce in Xperias.
Alas, unless they fire their top management I don't think it will change.