Sony: Still no plans for launching Windows Phone device

There's been a lot of talk lately about Sony creating smartphones based on Windows Phone. One rumor claimed that Sony was going to launch a line of smartphones using Windows Phone 8, code named Apollo, in the fall of 2012. A few days ago, a prototype development phone made by Sony Ericsson found its way briefly on eBay.

However, officially Sony seems to be telling members of the press something completely different. PhoneArena.com reports that it met with Stephen Sneeden, Sony's Product Marketing Manager for the company's Xperia line, at the Mobile World Congress trade show a couple of weeks ago. The report, using Sneeden's statements, claims that while Sony is open to working with Microsoft on a Windows Phone product, there are no specific plans to do so at this time.

The article makes it sound like Sony is waiting to see if other Windows Phone products from the likes of Nokia, HTC and others start to make an impact on the overall smartphone marketplace before Sony makes a move. It also points out that Sony's overall financial situation isn't all that great at the moment which may make the company even more cautious on launching products using a still unproven mobile OS.

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Melfster said,
I don't expect Sony to make a windows phone until after they launch Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet.
And they are definitely going to drop Android for Tablets from the rumors I have seen.

Uggg....I hope this time they will not make dildo shaped fugly tablet for Windows 8. Though I like Vaio laptops. They are pretty good.

Melfster said,
I don't expect Sony to make a windows phone until after they launch Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet.
And they are definitely going to drop Android for Tablets from the rumors I have seen.

I find that extremely hard to believe.

thealexweb said,

I find that extremely hard to believe.

Why don't you think they will make Windows 8 machines? They have been making Vaio for awhile. Their Android tablet sales have been lackluster to say the least.

Melfster said,
I don't expect Sony to make a windows phone until after they launch Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet.
And they are definitely going to drop Android for Tablets from the rumors I have seen.

Considering the amount of effort they've put into developing the cross-platform Playstation suite for both PSV & Android, I don't see them dropping it. THey're betting quite nicely on Android.

~Johnny said,

Considering the amount of effort they've put into developing the cross-platform Playstation suite for both PSV & Android, I don't see them dropping it. THey're betting quite nicely on Android.


Is that just your opinion or do you have a source. I have seen just the opposite for Android Tablets. I know that they are continue to use android on the phones. But what have heard they make a lot money Vaio line I don't see them giving that up. On the other hand Android tablets have been complete failure.

Melfster said,


Is that just your opinion or do you have a source. I have seen just the opposite for Android Tablets. I know that they are continue to use android on the phones. But what have heard they make a lot money Vaio line I don't see them giving that up. On the other hand Android tablets have been complete failure.

Look who is asking for sources. Why don't you try responding to still1's comment before you ask for sources. Sony develops Android phones. The newly developed and released game content for Android based portable devices can also be enjoyed on PS Vita. That is a fact. No source needed.

As far Android tablets being "complete failures". Why would you say complete? Is it the OS? Absolutely not. Some of the best selling devices have been the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet/Color. These devices use an Android (Fork) OS. So obviously it's not the OS. Maybe it's the price? How much do you think the Windows 8 Tablets will be? Don't you think with the Apple iPad 2 priced at $399 will kill the Windows 8 tablets on arrival? If anything, Windows 8 will have an uphill battle when it is ever released.

I am dying for your response. And I'm dying for you to respond to still1.

I love watching amateurs like you on this forum.

Melfster said,

Why don't you think they will make Windows 8 machines? They have been making Vaio for awhile. Their Android tablet sales have been lackluster to say the least.

There's a difference between dropping Android completely (which was what he implied) and launching a single Windows 8 tablet to accompany their Android range.

I love how Android Fanboys get all defensive when their Fragemented OS gets in Trouble. Samsung said it themselves call their Tablets failure and they are not doing well in the tablet space. recently Google it. I bet you more people will buy windows 8 then Android OS. If think sony is doing well android Tablet space you fooling yourself. Sony is make more money off of Windows 8 then do Android tablets.

Melfster said,
I love how Android Fanboys get all defensive when their Fragemented OS gets in Trouble. Samsung said it themselves call their Tablets failure and they are not doing well in the tablet space. recently Google it. I bet you more people will buy windows 8 then Android OS. If think sony is doing well android Tablet space you fooling yourself. Sony is make more money off of Windows 8 then do Android tablets.

Given that no one mentioned fragmentation and that it doesn't have anything to do with what's being dicussed you're clearly a troll xD

thealexweb said,

Given that no one mentioned fragmentation and that it doesn't have anything to do with what's being dicussed you're clearly a troll xD

Given this is Windows Phone article not Android your clearly troll xD. You really don't know what your talking about Android is FAIL on Sony tablets get over it.

Melfster said,

Given this is Windows Phone article not Android your clearly troll xD. You really don't know what your talking about Android is FAIL on Sony tablets get over it.

The only trolling I see is done by you. A very foolish child who refuses to answer any questions. I'm sorry but with the iPad 2 set at $399, Windows 8 Tables will be D.O.A.

How much does a license of Windows cost? How much does the hardware and development cost? Can they match $399? NOT AT ALL!

If I had a choice between a Windows laptop and Windows Tablet, I will go for the laptop since the hardware will be much better and I will speculate that the price will not be compelling enough to get the tablet version.

UndergroundWire said,

The only trolling I see is done by you. A very foolish child who refuses to answer any questions. I'm sorry but with the iPad 2 set at $399, Windows 8 Tables will be D.O.A.

How much does a license of Windows cost? How much does the hardware and development cost? Can they match $399? NOT AT ALL!

If I had a choice between a Windows laptop and Windows Tablet, I will go for the laptop since the hardware will be much better and I will speculate that the price will not be compelling enough to get the tablet version.


LOL Android Fanboy.... You don't know exact nature of Windows tablets so stop speculating. ARM base tablets could be less then I can tell right now Android Tablets are not working out in Market Place. Even Samsung the leader in Android Tablets says that they not working. I doubt thaqt sony can make many more android tablets.
Ipad 3 is pretty much winning. Kindle Fire is build android but you can't access the android market place. So you really can' call it Android since it does not Ice Cream sandwich. Face the ANDROID sux on Tablets. Windows laptops and Tablets will sell hell of lot more then Android Tablets. You could do whole lot more Windows Machine right now then Android.

I feel like I should care, but I don't because of Nokia.
Even if they did make Windows Phones I don't think it would make much of a difference.
Isn't Nokia already selling more Windows Phones then HTC, Samsung, and LG?

tuneslover said,
Who needs Sony? Windows phone has Nokia..and Lumia 800/900 is the most beautiful phone ever made.

I prefered the look of the N9 tbh xD

tuneslover said,
Who needs Sony? Windows phone has Nokia..and Lumia 800/900 is the most beautiful phone ever made.

I love it when people say that. Hopefully HTC and Samsung are listening. I hope Nokia does fairly well so that HTC and Samsung drop WP.

UndergroundWire said,

I love it when people say that. Hopefully HTC and Samsung are listening. I hope Nokia does fairly well so that HTC and Samsung drop WP.

I have a Samsung WP, which tries to look like an iPhone. It's decent, but that Nokia blows it away in a design sense. It's nice to have options though.

tuneslover said,
Who needs Sony? Windows phone has Nokia..and Lumia 800/900 is the most beautiful phone ever made.

If Nokia will fix the battery drainage and the fact that quite too often when I make a call the phone freeze for several seconds and than reboot I could consider buy a WP8 Nokia device.
Other than the quality of the screen colors which is excellent my old HD7 was at least as good as the Lumia 800 if not better.

There is alot of buzz regarding Sony and WP. I assume there's high interest for Sony to build it. Sony have made great phones. Arrogance will be there downfall. There is not harm in putting out one WP and see how it does.

I really think at this point in time sony really has nothing to loose by releasing a wp8 device later this year, the phones have very good design features and I think sony phones would do better with a wp os over android.

htc and Samsung really have no innovation in the phone design area right now, most of the devices look the same from one to the other both wp and android, boring is the only word I can think of. Nokia is trying with wp7, I have just purchased the lumia 800 and it is a beautiful phone, and I can only see them getting better as time goes by. sony would be good at a wp device too. hopefully this shakes up htc and Samsung to get better looking, better designed and all in all phones that are fresh and not cheap looking. I also have the Samsung focus and now sitting beside the 800 it really looks like a cheap phone.

The bottom line is they don't have the money to be taking on any more risks. With WP7 currently at < 5% of the market, Sony can't be blamed for being cautious.

> Sony: Still no plans for launching Windows Phone device

That's quite alright. Let me edit that headline:

Me: Still no plans for purchasing Sony device.

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