Three and a half years into the Windows Phone era and what was launched as an “ecosystem” is still dominated to an embarrassing degree by Nokia, which is now owned by Microsoft itself, of course.
So it'll come as welcome PR for Microsoft that finally another big name is willing to talk about its WP product plans – Sony.
Of course, go back to Microsoft's initial Windows Phone 7 announcement at MWC 2010 and you'll see Sony's name (or rather Sony Ericsson's) among the launch partners, but aside from rumours things have never gone beyond that.
Those include rumours from as recently as January, when a senior Sony exec claimed the company was in “discussion” with Microsoft over some Windows Phone action – though things then went quiet again.
However, now we have a tweet from The Verge's Tom Warren, mainly covering the timing of GDR releases for Windows Phone 8 but also including a little Sony-related nugget in the middle.
“Two GDR updates planned for Windows Phone 8.1. The first arrives by July for new devices. Perhaps a couple of Sony ones. The next is October,” the tweet reads.
That's not much to go on, and “perhaps” is far from a definite confirmation, but with Sony looking in decent form with its recent Android releases, Nokia could be facing some serious competition on Windows Phone later on this year.