Sony Mobile confirms it is discussing Windows Phone options

by XB on 10th January 2014

in Rumours

sony_logoSony 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.

Via TechRadar.

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Bring it on, Sony! Release the Xperia W

  • cp2020

    Don’t bother Sony.

  • Fabianto Virgilio

    Good job Sony!

  • xperiaDROID

    Sony Xperia W1 – Experience the Xperiance on a Windows Phone.

  • wick

    “one thing is using the platform [Windows Phone] itself, and another is ‘what can we deliver on top of it’?”

    Here is a crazy idea Make a WP device which when connected to a external monitor boots Desktop Windows 8! Deliver this and I am SOLD!!
    This idea is same as Ubuntu Edge but it’s not gonna come anytime soon as their crowd-funding failed…

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    If Sony planning to release Windows mobiles then it will be the biggest challenge for lumia series. Then I will definitely buy a Sony windows mobile <3

  • Nabeel Raza

    Good. Go Sony GO.
    And i believe copycat Samsung will follow shortly after Sony releases it’s windows phone..

  • penubag

    Hopefully the Windows Phone will carry the VAIO branding instead of Xperia which would be for Sony’s Android

  • panagi?tis

    hmm lets see now: lumia got better displays (even 520 got ips while T Z SP got the old ones) they got better cameras (the pics from my 520 make the SP cry with the famous exmor RS) and wait one more Nokia got crazy support in their phones while poor sony try hard but still the bugs are here to make our lifes misserable! so for now i stay with nokia lumia in WP series.

  • penubag

    Hopefully the windows phone edition will carry the VAIO branding. The Xperia branding is for the Sony Android experience

  • m sacha

    i see this as a good move. windows mobile is growing and it would be foolish to not look into it (although at this stage there is nothing to tempt me at all to even go in that direction)

  • xperiaDROID

    “And i believe copycat Samsung will follow shortly after Sony releases it’s windows phone..”
    Lol wut? Samsung already have Windows Phone back in 2011 – Samsung Focus S and in 2012 – Samsung Ativ S and in 2013 – Samsung Ativ S Neo.

  • Jerry Berglund

    Sure I can understand that its maybe not a good idea only using one OS in their phones, but why not make a better one themselves? Like Samsung does with Tizen. WIndows phone OS isnt a good choise at all. JUst use Linux as the ground and build a new better os. I dont believe in Microsoft windows OS. Sure they have a little upgoing wind now, but its nothing compares to android.

  • xperiaDROID

    Okay, enjoy your Microd*cked Lumia.

  • Turret

    Wow. I still wonder how they’re gonna handle all the PlayStation and Xbox apps that come from each company.

  • LancerEX

    Well the first two Xperias were running on Windows Mobile anyway :)

  • fried_egg

    typical “game theory” play. google could turn hostile as it owns motorola & pushes the “nexus” model at any time – thus Sony needs a back up (just as Samsung keeps looking at its own 2nd and 3rd options with windows and badu etc) plan. however MS have had such bad marketing and planing with its o/s it is very much a 1 horse race with its now own brand Nokia. Sony & Samsung would need proof they are not going to be “a poor partner” offering a “degraded” model and thus potentially damage their own brands by being seen as “clearly worse” on a product that can easily be compared. we can all argue which “flagship” phone is best between iphone/windows and android and all have valid reasons for picking different o/s winners. But when you have the same o/s, it would make labeling a bad maker of the standard and thus brand damage across all their products easy. MS needs Sony more than Sony needs MS and that needs to be the position they take in any outcome.

  • Colby Leong

    I’m a little curious to see what Sony can come out with on an Windows Platform. It’s smart for them to branch out, if they can spread out to other OS’ and work well with them that means more funds for Sony, more attention. Which in turn could be folded back into making the great Sony phones we all love. We already know the phone is going to be gorgeous.

  • I really wish they don’t bother with Windows and try Ubuntu phones instead. Specially that it can be dual booted with Android!

    Or they can try both, I wouldn’t mind :P

  • Mint

    Let’s be realistic here. 90% of the Windows phone devices are Lumia. If WP devices from companies like Samsung didn’t manage to make a threat for Lumia phones then I don’t see how a Sony WP device will.

  • The crowd funding wasn’t on the Operating System. The crowd funding was just for the hardware (Ubuntu Edge), which was a “cheap” phone with great specs. The OS (i.e. Ubuntu Touch) and the software features of Ubuntu Edge is still gonna be released (one of them is having a desktop experience when connected to an external monitor). A preview version of the OS has already been available for a while for developers.

    TL;DR The idea of a desktop version of the phone OS is gona be available soon with Ubuntu Touch.

  • cocked chicken

    Nooo I want a Sony device with iOS!

  • Netto Dashius Hexareus

    Then put Snap805, 5.2″ IPS+Whitemagic with X-Reality + TRILUMINOS, a 1-inch 24MP Exmor R, 4K video recording @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 720p @ 120fps, S-Master Audio Chip, 64GB internal, 3500mAh battery life + Stamina Mode v2 and 3GB RAM. And then, stop making WP device, enough 1 WP for 2 years.

  • Ubuntu Edge was not meant to be cheap and not even price-competitive though. It was supposed to be a great hardware at appropriate cost (starting price of over $800 and later revised to around $700 is in Apple range of prices). Ubuntu touch is an interesting project but the competition, especially against Android will be tough.

  • Carls Alvin

    Windows Phone OS dont like so much- ANDROID RULES

  • jangaleon

    Am I the only one who’s excited about this?

  • jangaleon

    the first xperia was on windows mobile so i wouldn’t mind what branding they put.

  • Michael Scofield

    With that pathetic boring UI? Thanks, but no thanks.

  • Mirrorpurple

    Just let Sony make their decisions and regret later…
    But if they want to make one, chances of making profit is not high as Nokia basically eats up the WP market so… Yeah…

  • Michael Scofield

    On paper, maybe. But the truth is the display on the Lumia 520 has a pathetic display, viewing angle is not as good as IPS display in high end phone and not as sharp as T, not even close. So, no way 520 has a better display than T. Case close.

  • Tjaldid

    there was no threat to begin with from those other companies, Samsung just put WP8 on a GS3 they didn’t even try to do something special

  • neville chidawanyika


  • Just wondering how they are going to get their Playstation and Music/Videos Unlimited apps on WP8, considering that Microsoft uses Xbox games and music.

    Nobody likes having stuff on competing platforms.

  • I like the idea to have a Sony branded Windows Phone. However I don’t think Windows os will offer to Sony developers the change to deliver the same standards they reached on Android os.

  • jonasbjork


  • Tim Aries

    one thing on this blog, Sony fanboys are getting crazy, be careful mate.

  • P9

    Sony Vaio W instread? Xperia noe get merried with Android already, and they’ve got happiness, don’t break them, pls. :)

  • P9

    Sony Window phone will better than other company’s then.

  • P9

    Sony wants to eat even Sammy, Apple, and even Nokia? O.o king coming back, brace ur self!

  • P9

    xperia X1? :/
    2011 eh?

  • Christian

    Windows phone ok but no win 8 look like phone I hate this

  • adrian strozier

    Chances are it will be named Vaio instead of Xperia. Yes the first 2 Xperia devices was running a basic Windows mixed with symbian OS, but that was before Google was really up and running. Naming it Vaio would help separate the different version Sony phones (if Sony Japan approves). Personally I don’t think the head of Sony Europe knows what he is doing. Nokia devices pretty much owns the Windows market and besides that that they sport Xbox would go against Sony trying to promote their own PlayStation experience. Also it took years for Sony to finally push out devices that has good software backed with great hardware. Knowing this is highly doubt Sony can manage supporting two different OS at the same time and still push out timely updates for both.

  • panagi?tis

    i got sp and 520 and im pretty sure the 110 euro phone has a way better screen than the 260 euro one

  • husam

    a Vaio name on a mobile phone would be awesome and kill the competition m/

  • Jinx13

    One word.. Symbian.. Come on Sony forget about it. Nokia did Symbian really well just like WP let them have it and concentrate on what your doing good already.

  • hardyharhar

    Please support tizen instead of windows phone…. Let’s all support opensource guys…. Android became famous because it’s the first mainstream opensource mobile OS. Hopefully the OEMs didn’t forget it.

  • Colby Leong

    or the Xperia X2…

  • Sebastian Bille

    If Sony starts developing another OS their Android development will slow down even more and those more bugs are going to be fixed later or not at all in future.

  • catmincer

    HTC didn’t put much effort in either. There was n reason to buy the 8X over the Lumia 920. Sony offer water proof phones. That alone is a selling point.

  • Melfes Wired

    PlayStation App on a Windows Phone? hell, jeah

  • Jatin

    Only if they could bring the Xperia Ui onto windows phone!

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  • Kathryn

    Still no better than T.

  • o1eroy

    Welcome…and well decision Sony. I am waiting for such things. I eagerly waiting to buy a Sony windows phone.

  • sehar alvi

    hi i ll take some your precious time. thanks for having intention in this link. thank you very much, T-Mobile

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