A Sony executive has confirmed rumours that the company is in talks with Microsoft to produce its first Windows Phone later this year, saying Sony doesn't want to be “a single OS manufacturer”.
Speaking to TechRadar at CES 2014, Sony Mobile Europe boss Pierre Perron says while it values its relationship with Google on smartphones, its bond with Microsoft in the PC environment is one it is interested in expanding.
“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. One thing is using the platform [Windows Phone] itself, and another is 'what can we deliver on top of it'?”
Despite the Sony Ericsson Xperia line having debuted with the Windows Mobile 6.1-based Xperia X1 back in 2008, since then it's been Android all the way, the latest addition being the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact that launched this week at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.
With Sony now making steady headway with its Android offering, you'd wonder why it would look elsewhere. But with boss Kaz Hirai having set a bullish tone with his CES keynote, it's clear Sony is back on the front foot and looking at his options.
Then again, let's not forgot that Sony Ericsson was actually named as a Windows Phone 7 launch partner all the way back in 2010, and to this date has yet – either as Sony Ericsson or just Sony – to release a single phone on the platform.
In other words, watch this space but don't think this is a done deal by any means.