Windows Phone has successfully seduced Samsung, HTC and Nokia (among others), but the two notable holdouts at launch were Sony and Motorola, who instead opted to see how things unfolded.
We very much doubt we’ll see Motorola caving in (thanks to that $12.5 billion Google takeover), but Japanese manufacturer Sony says it’s still thinking about it.
There’s always been a question mark over Sony and Windows Phone. Heck, we even saw a purported prototype back in March 2011, complete with a sliding QWERTY.
Later in the year, Martin penned the self-explanatory Sony Ericsson 'no' to Windows Phone... unless it takes off and HTC: Windows Phone is great; Sony Ericsson: no it isn't.
However, Sony Mobile’s UK & Ireland MD, Pierre Perron, told IFA reporters: “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.” True dat.
Pierre continues: “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.”
It’s a bit late for Sony to turn up at the Windows Phone 8 launch party at this stage in the game (er, unless they can turn out a smartphone in a few weeks), but maybe we’ll see something at Mobile World Congress. Maybe.
via: Mobile Today