Rumor: Sony to release Windows Phone 8 devices?

Sony and Microsoft have been fierce rivals in the past and present, especially in the game industry with the PS3 and the Xbox 360 battling it out for the attention of console gamers. But is Sony about to make a device that will use a Microsoft made operating system?

According to Tweakers.net, unnamed but "multiple sources" have told them Sony plans to launch smartphones that will run on Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8 OS, code named Apollo. Those devices are supposed to be released before the end of 2012. No other details about the smartphones were announced.

Sony would be in a position to pick and choose a new operating system for its smartphones now that its partnership with Ericsson in that space has now come to an end. However, Sony has also been interested in linking its smartphones, tablets and even its game consoles into one environment.

Indeed, Kazuo Hirai, the upcoming President and CEO of Sony, hinted recently that the operating system for its just launched PS Vita game console could be extended to run on both future smartphones and tablets.

On the other hand, Sony also makes Vaio notebooks that run on Microsoft's Windows 7 so they do have a small partnership already. In any case, a Sony smartphone running on Windows Phone 8, while certainly a possibility, does seem at the moment to be a long shot in terms of actually happening.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and X2 were windows mobile.
The first paragraph doesn't sit right, and completely ignores VAIO, and Sony Creative Software.

Sony and Google are both rivals on several key fronts.

Every now and then this rumour comes up, just before this the defunct prototype device SE made for WP7 before they decided to go all android was being pushed as the "new" WP7 handset from Sony. They have repeatedly said they see android as their future, I dont see what has changed just because the name of the division has changed. And there's stil the fact that Xbox live is part of the OS and was supposedly one of the sticking points for an SE WP7 device.

This is just another rumour that is going to be proven false and accompanied by lots of gnashing of teeth and comments of "we dont want Sony anyway". Just buy a Nokia Pure View when it comes out later this year and be done, no question if they will be making WP devices or not.

Just like Steam I don't see a problem. The have their own tile on Windows 8 for the PSN. So they could do the samething for the phone.

I'd doubt this would be true. Reason being, Windows Phone comes preloaded with Xbox Live connectivity as a core component of online gaming on it's platform. Xbox live, is a direct competitor to Playstation's PSN network. Loading Windows Phone on their devices isn't good business, as they would be increasing Xbox live users, rather than converting them to fit and switch to a Sony ecosystem, considering that now their deal with Ericson is over, they're able to make their own decisions. It would be more likely that they'd use a PS Vita's OS, or stick with Android, considering they've spent a lot of time getting to know and develop for such platforms.

That's just my two cents though.

I agree with your point but what about Windows 8 that will come with Xbox live baked in? Surely Sony will not dump its PC line too?

bdsams said,
I agree with your point but what about Windows 8 that will come with Xbox live baked in? Surely Sony will not dump its PC line too?

There's a difference though between it's PC line and it's mobile phone's line. In it's PC line, they've already established a user-base, with consumers expecting to get Windows pre loaded on their machines. However, unlike the mobile phone base, the PC user has a choice in his preference to an OS, a gaming service and what not. Also, Sony hasn't established a well set marketplace for PC games, unlike it's mobile counterparts with the PSN store. Therefore, on it's PC line, it doesn't make a difference, because with PC's they do not provide a direct alternative, of a game / market store service. However, in mobile services platforms, they provide a direct alternative to Xbox Live, as Xbox live has become a platform of online gaming, both mobile and on PC's.

Sony could however with Windows 8, start some sort of market store for PC's to directly compete with Live. However, that would not be in their interest, as they're attempting to lure people to fall into it's PlayStation Ecosystem, where much of your gaming isn't on PC's but rather on their game consoles. Also, with the break-ins and hacks of the PSN network, I'd doubt Sony would want to release their network on to a platform which they do not have direct control over.

Just my thoughts and interpretations though,

mmannai said,
I'd doubt this would be true. Reason being, Windows Phone comes preloaded with Xbox Live connectivity as a core component of online gaming on it's platform. Xbox live, is a direct competitor to Playstation's PSN network. Loading Windows Phone on their devices isn't good business, as they would be increasing Xbox live users, rather than converting them to fit and switch to a Sony ecosystem, considering that now their deal with Ericson is over, they're able to make their own decisions. It would be more likely that they'd use a PS Vita's OS, or stick with Android, considering they've spent a lot of time getting to know and develop for such platforms.

That's just my two cents though.

Sony have stated that the OS the PS Vita runs could be used on phones and tablets so my guess is they'll use that instead.

bdsams said,
I agree with your point but what about Windows 8 that will come with Xbox live baked in? Surely Sony will not dump its PC line too?

Extensibility. W8 (and WP8) would have the ability to "spotlight" something else en lieu of Xbox Live via the Platform SDK and the Group Policy (GPO) mechanisms built into the OS. The same way HTC preload a few apps with their WP7 builds, Sony can preload a few apps onto their WP8 builds. The underlying code would not change, merely the default app settings.

12gb to waste for OS? That's not practical for a phone.

But for developers - hell not. No any other company offers as much for developers as MS. Eclipse and other Linux IDEs for Android, iOS and other nixes are are nowhere near to VS.

coth said,

ah, right, missed it

I reading this while considerably intoxicated, but I can't figure out what happened here. Missed what? W8 vs WP8? 12gb wasted? I missed a trick here and I'm randomly curious. Would rfirth or coth kindly oblige?

It has been a rumor for each release of Windows Phone that Sony is going to make a Windows Phone. I think it makes partial sense, but they have already invested in the Android market, and I am not sure that it makes sense for Sony to join the fray to help Microsoft unless they really see Windows Phone 8 as a serious win (adding native code functionality along with combining the primary/tablet OS experience certainly sounds like a win to me).

pickypg said,
It has been a rumor for each release of Windows Phone that Sony is going to make a Windows Phone. I think it makes partial sense, but they have already invested in the Android market, and I am not sure that it makes sense for Sony to join the fray to help Microsoft unless they really see Windows Phone 8 as a serious win (adding native code functionality along with combining the primary/tablet OS experience certainly sounds like a win to me).

+ multi cpu support, sd cards, kinect integration, bitlocker encryption, deep skype and groupme integration

It will be a killer

FoxieFoxie said,

+ multi cpu support, sd cards, kinect integration, bitlocker encryption, deep skype and groupme integration

It will be a killer


Absolutely. Not.

It's still a limited OS, especially for developers. You run into so many boundaries all the time it gets annoying. And that's why many developers will be staying away from it for quite a while.

Muhammad Farrukh said,
A Xperia S running Windows Phone would be a dream come true.


couldn't agree more.. the sony's new design aesthetic of rectangular front is tailor made for WinPhone OS