Sony may soon launch a Windows Phone in 2014, according to a report from The Information. Sony has been making Android smartphones for the last 4 years and is now considering another OS to add its gamut of mobile phone devices.
There have been numerous discussions between Microsoft and Sony who seem to be working together on various designs and prototypes for the device. We are not very sure whether the new Windows device from Sony will be launched under the Xperia or Viao line but sources say that it is likely to fall under the Vaio brand of Sony.
The report in The Information states that the deal is still not finalized between the two companies and the plans could be undone if there is any sort of disagreement on the preloaded software, licensing fees and other areas.
At present, Nokia is the largest Windows Phone hardware partner for Microsoft with its Lumia range. Other giants like HTC and Samsung still remain focussed on Android which is currently the most popular mobile OS in the market. Sony’s decision to make Windows devices is likely to give tough competition to Nokia in the Windows Phone segment.
Statistics reveal that Nokia has around 92 percent control of Windows Phone hardware usage which may turn out to be risky for Microsoft in terms of total dependency. Steering away and partnering with other vendors will give the Windows platform a significant boost. We hear that Sony is keen on the project and despite Microsoft’s plan to purchase Nokia’s handset business the talks seem to be in full swing even after the acquisition announcement was made.
This is not the first time Sony has partnered with Microsoft, a few years ago Sony had built a prototype for a Windows Phone 7 powered smartphone but the project had to be scrapped. After 2009 when Sony built Windows mobile devices like Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, X2, and Aspen, we never saw an officially launched a mobile phone with Windows OS from the them.
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