Sony confirms discussing Windows Phone with Microsoft, no device planned yet

Sony has confirmed that it has been involved in discussions with Microsoft over the adoption of Windows Phone in their smartphone lineup and may launch a device in the future.

A new report from TechRadar, has shed light on Sony's plans to move away from being a single OS based smartphone manufacturer. Sony has been focused on making Android based tablets and smartphones since its breakup with Ericsson in 2011. Sony has been involved with Microsoft in making the Windows-based VAIO laptops, and has also launched Windows Mobile 6.x based phones in the past. However, the company has stayed away from Windows Phone and merely showed curiosity about the platform till now.

It was recently reported that Sony might be planning to launch smartphones based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform in 2014. Now, in an interview with TechRadar, Pierre Perron, the head of Sony Mobile Europe, said that, "We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum" and that, "We don't want to be a single OS manufacturer, I don't think it's a viable position in the long term."

According to Perron, Sony has been successful collaborating with Google and using the Android platform while at the same time is worried about Google's relationship with direct competitors, which may be a reason the company is looking at alternative platforms as well. Perron suggested that there is no Windows Phone release planned for the near future and the discussions are of a tentative nature.

Source: TechRadar | Image via WindowsPhoneHacker.com

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