The company is in tentative talks with Microsoft for the launch of new handsets
Sony Mobile might soon bring to the market a smartphone running under Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, as a company official has already confirmed talks with Microsoft on the matter.Apparently, the handset vendor no longer wants to be providing users with a single option when it comes to the operating system on their devices, and it is actively discussing the possible adoption of another platform as well.
Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, has confirmed to TechRadar that Windows Phone is indeed one of the possibilities it is taking into consideration.
“We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum,” Perron reportedly said.
“We are exploring this as part of our discussion in mobile space too. One thing is using the platform [Windows Phone] itself, and another is ‘what can we deliver on top of it?’”
However, this is not the first time when Perron claims that Sony is considering Windows Phone devices, as he did the same back in 2012, and nothing has happened until now.
Sony’s Xperia lineup is currently dominated by Android, though the company did have a smartphone running under Windows Mobile several years ago, in the form of Xperia X1. A successor for this device was also announced, but never landed on shelves.
Perron also confirmed that Sony had a strong relationship with Google, but that it did not believe that offering a single OS was a viable thing to do.
However, he also said that the talks on Windows Phone devices were only tentative for the time being. No info on when we might see a smartphone launched has been provided.
Considering the increased interest in Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, it would make sense for more handset vendors to adopt it, including Sony. Stay tuned for more info on the matter.