Sony still flirting with the idea of making a Windows Phone device [Update - Sony deny interest]
September 12, 2012 at 14:20 GMT | By Darlington Moyo
It's no secret that Sony - in its previous incarnation as Sony Ericsson - were invested in making a Windows Phone 7 device. If you are an avid Windows Phone fan you will have seen the Sony-Ericsson proto-type that did the rounds prior the Windows Phone 7.5 update called the "Jolie". It seemed like the PlayStation company flirted with the idea of releasing a Windows Phone 7.5 device before bailing out at the last minute.
The company continues to issue out equivocal statements regarding the possibility of joining the Windows Phone ecosystem. While unveiling its latest range of Android smartphones at IFA in Berlin, Sony Mobile's UK & Ireland MD Pierre Perron said:
Sony's strategy is one of openness. Microsoft is a Sony partner with the likes of our VAIO laptops and it's integrated onto our tablets. As far as Xperia smartphones go, Android remains the preferred partner, although Sony is not a single partner company. We are currently investigating with the likes of Microsoft the possibility of diversifying our product strategy.While a Windows Phone Sony Xperia device would be a welcome addition and probably be the ultimate gamer smartphone, it's hard to envisage the Sony Playstation brand alongside Microsoft's own Xbox brand. Needless to say, we will not be holding our breath for this one.
Earlier, we reported that Sony is considering joining the Windows Phone platform and that there were rumours that the Japanese company was in talks with Mocrosoft. It has since emerged that Kunimasa Suzuki, head of Sony Mobile, has denied that any talks are in progress. "We have no current plans for it, we are not planning to equip our smartphones with the Windows Phone operating system," said Suzuki.
Those that have holding their breath for a Windows Phone Xperia can now breathe easy, it's not going to happen.
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