Sony is still talking with Microsoft about adopting Windows Phone

By on January 10, 2014, 4:00 PM
sony, microsoft, android, windows phone, mobile os

Unlike most other handset manufacturers, Sony apparently isn’t content to rely on just one mobile operating system. It would seem that the Japanese tech giant is eyeballing Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform (and perhaps others) as it looks to the future.

During a recent interview with TechRadar, head of Sony Mobile Europe Pierre Perron said they are continuing their discussions with other partners, including Microsoft. He noted that they are exploring the use of Windows phone itself as well as the possibility of seeing what they can add on top of the platform.

No timeframe was given as to when Sony might launch a Windows Phone device, adding that the discussions are still tentative. Sony Mobile Communications CEO Kunimasa Suzuki, however, tried to dispel Perron’s comments by saying they had no plans to offer a Windows Phone device.

Similar rumors surfaced late last year when The Information claimed Sony had been in talks with Microsoft about launching a Windows Phone in mid-2014. The publication cited a person involved in the talks as well as another that was briefed on the actual handset in question.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with Android but it’s refreshing to see a manufacturer consider an alternate mobile operating system. As the saying goes, it’s not wise to put all of your eggs in one basket as so many OEMs have done with Android thus far. I don’t think the OS is in any imminent danger, but with the tech world being as volatile as it is, you never know what could happen in the course of just a couple of years.




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JC713 JC713 said:

Sony phones would go well with Windows Phone 8. I hope this happens.

2 people like this | EEatGDL said:

I've tryed low mid-range of phones with WP and low mid-range of phones with Android, and the ones with WP work better and have an expected response according to their hardware; while I have no trouble with upper-mid to high end phones with Android. What I see as a benefit of offering WP would be faster updates since Microsoft would be the only one touching the code, Office, and SONY just focusing on its apps development and not tweaking the whole OS as they're doing now with Android.

And since WP has some hardware requirements that must be met, it would enhance the features offered by hardware as a standard -Android doesn't require giroscope and all sensors to work, while WP does expect certain sensors. Is the end user who has the choices and last word and ultimately the one benefited.

Nobina Nobina said:

I've tryed low mid-range of phones with WP and low mid-range of phones with Android, and the ones with WP work better and have an expected response according to their hardware; while I have no trouble with upper-mid to high end phones with Android. What I see as a benefit of offering WP would be faster updates since Microsoft would be the only one touching the code, Office, and SONY just focusing on its apps development and not tweaking the whole OS as they're doing now with Android.

WP seems much more lighter than Android, therefore it's faster with lower end hardware. I used friends Lumia 520 which is low or mid ranged phone and it works flawlessly, I can't expect it to be faster cause almost everything is done in an instant. Just there are some cosmetic stuff I don't like about WP. I.E. you don't have a wallpaper.

Guest said:

When you use 8 bit color it may make it appear faster.

Guest said:

Android appeals to me due to its vast software library. I can see the appeal of ios too. However Windows Phone does not appeal an although the hardware is good thats about it. Severe lack of apps and I hate the basic look of Metro. Jog on Microsoft.....

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