Sony has confirmed to TechRadar that they’re in talks with Microsoft to make one or more smartphones equipped with the Windows Phone platform.
Sony could launch one or more devices based on the Windows Phone platform in the future. Pierre Perron, the head of Sony Mobile Europe confirmed the prospects, stating: the Japanese company is in talks with Microsoft to evaluate the possible Windows Phone project. And, they don’t want to remain as a single OS manufacturer, namely Android – the whole Xperia line-up is based on the Google’s OS.
“We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum.” Perron said. “Working with Microsoft is an interesting proposition for us in the PC environment, and we continue our engagement with them.”
This is not the first time when they spoke of a similar possibility. In 2012, just before the MWC event, Perron hinted the possible launch of Windows Phone device in an interview. Then the CEO Kunimasa Suzuki dampen the enthusiasm, declaring shortly after not having any Windows Phone device in the pipeline.
[one_half]According to TechRadar, it looks promising as it follows the recent rumors regarding the launch of a WP8 smartphone by Sony.[/one_half]
Sony doesn’t want to be a single OS manufacturer.
Although, it’s an official confirmation, but still lacks a lot information such as the product name, technical specifications, pricing and launch date.
“We don’t want to be a single OS manufacturer, I don’t think it’s a viable position in the long term,” added Perron.
The statement indicates a long term strategy and that may reach a good level of maturity as Sony and Google have been together for a long time.
He cleared that they would continue with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of Sony’s business strategy. Working with the Redmond group has been an interesting journey for them, especially in the PC market, and Sony is also considering the collaboration in the mobile market.