Sony has confirmed that it is in talks with Microsoft and is looking at the possibility of launching a Windows Phone device.
Pierre Perron, Sony Mobile head for Europe, confirmed to TechRadar that the company is actively in talks with the Redmond company to develop Windows Phones, as it doesn’t want to be a “single OS manufacturer” and depend on Google’s dominant OS. “We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum,” said Perron, lending credence to a recent rumor about Sony working on a Windows Phone handset with a mid-2014 launch in mind.
Sony currently uses Android on all its smartphones and recently started making money off them, though it only managed to break even instead of earning any profits off its Android handsets. Given Nokia’s iron grip on the Windows Phone market, it would be rather difficult for the Japanese manufacturer to create devices that offer something to attract consumers away from Lumia phones, especially if it doesn’t get the same leeway as Nokia to make modifications to the OS.
Perron stated that the talks are tentative and have been going on for a long time, so it’s possible Sony might never actually launch a Windows Phone device. However, it’s a sign that the company hasn’t given up on the idea, and Microsoft’s rumored attempts at making its OS more viable to hardware manufacturers means we could see Sony enter the Windows Phone market as a serious player in the coming months.