Sony working on media-loving Windows Phone handset to launch in mid-2014?

Sony working on media-loving Windows Phone handset to launch in mid-2014?

So that was 2013, and here's hoping it was a decent 12 months for all the Mobot faithful out there. But that was then, and 2014 is now, and Microsoft for one seems to have some ambitious plans for the year ahead.

With the Nokia acquisition now a done deal, MS is reportedly switching its focus to expanding the Windows Phone ecosystem and bringing some fresh hardware partners into the fold.

According to the solidly named The Information, Microsoft is in talks with Sony and is hoping to get the Japanese electronics giant on board for some fresh WinPho 8 handset action, with a view to getting a device on the shelves as soon as mid-year.

The site's unnamed sources stress that nothing has been agreed as yet, but suggest that if a new Sony WP device is on the cards, it could come with VAIO branding, and may be focused specifically on bringing the company's Sony Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services to the Microsoft ecosystem.

Microsoft is reportedly also working with ZTE to refresh its WP interest in 2014, and could be willing to slash or even scrap altogether its usual Windows Phone licensing fee.

All this comes in the wake of Nokia having ended 2013 with a massive 92% market share on Windows Phone, and considering how that will be absorbed into the Microsoft mothership soon, the company is clearly looking to drum up interest in rival manufacturers any way it can to keep Windows Phone as a viable “ecosystem”.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 1, 2014 at 12:54

Wrong move imho.
They should focus on Nokia. Widen their range. Currently, Lumias have great cameras OR nothing special at all (good build aside). Improve non-camera and non-mapping software.
Countless 'lenses' for the Lumias, but nothing much when it comes to videos - be it viewing or editing.
Adding other OEMs brings only confusion. People aren't good at differentiating. WP is WP is WP... Now tell them Nokias aside, Sony also has WP handsets... and there in their local store are only Sony Android phones... IS THAT in Microsoft's interest?

I'd cut loose the other OEMs. And go back to what Nokia used to do in the Symbian range - have camera devices, business devices and all-round consumer thingies. Control the updates.
Don't imitate Google and the Android mess* (*in terms of 'differentiation, update delays etc ).

There's a market for high-end Lumias without 41MP camera magic. Just figure out what you could do.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 1, 2014 at 12:54

PS - having said that - if M$ fails, I'm not exactly crying :p

SpeedyG  Jan. 1, 2014 at 13:19

I think before any more OEM's are added or tested first, plug the software gaps.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 1, 2014 at 14:30

I think before any more OEM's are added or tested first, plug the software gaps.
Yes. Although, a lot is covered, but there are still gaps. And the appstore is poorly managed and set up. You cannot easily see your apps history, purchases etc. Search is so-so There are, according to just one search, 3 fake Opera Mini browsers, a few Firefoxes etc etc....

Then there is the odd thing: the high-end, camera-centric Lumias are WP's poster-kids.
Yet, you cannot upload full-res pics to skydrive or elsewhere... And apps like the official Twitter app, though not bad, refuse to upload most photos I tried to share on Twitter.
iOS and Android Twitter app automatically compress pics to Twitter's limit. The WP version doesn't. It just refuse to upload photos that are too large.

Etc etc... Nag, stick with one oem and get the software side right

Pondlife  Jan. 1, 2014 at 17:03

Why can't you upload them to skydrive?

Maybe MS want some phones without Nokias dayglo colouring

Wonder how many of those 92% went for within 10% of the initial asking price or hell 40% even

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 1, 2014 at 18:14

NO NO, you CAN upload to SkyDrive, but the images get resized/compressed... Stupid when you wanna share the 38 MP original to edit it on a PC or tablet....

Pondlife  Jan. 1, 2014 at 22:42

Is that just on windows phone to upload them or if you used a pc too?

SimpleNetworksOptions  Jan. 1, 2014 at 22:42

You can't set a Static IP on a Nokia Lumia (, its a major failing for me, as far as I am aware it isn't an issue on HTC WP but there isnt exactily a decent range of HTC Windows phones, I would personally be interested in a decent hardware spec'd Windows Phone that was non Nokia based, provided I could access basic networking protocols - maybe Sony becomes that answer.


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