Sony Mobile’s European Head, Pierre Perron, has confirmed that the company is exploring the Windows Phone opportunity and that it doesn’t “want to be a single OS manufacturer” according to TechRadar. This news comes on the back of heightened speculation that 2014 will be the year that Sony will launch at least one Windows Phone handset.
“We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum. [Working with Microsoft] is an interesting proposition for us in the PC environment, and we continue our engagement with them. We are exploring this as part of our discussion in mobile space too,” said Perron.
It seems that at the moment Sony is trying to figure out what it can offer over and above the Windows Phone platform, something that won’t be easy considering how tightly Microsoft locks down the system. Perron says “one thing is using the platform [Windows Phone] itself, and another is ‘what can we deliver on top of it’?”
On Sony’s relationship with Google, Perron added: “We don’t want to be a single OS manufacturer, I don’t think it’s a viable position in the long term. We enjoy very much a good collaboration with Google, we’ve been working with them for a long time and have a level of maturity with that discussion, that’s good. But at the same time, Google has a relationship with direct competitors.”