Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 platform has a number of definite partners. Samsung and Nokia have already announced new WP8 smartphones and we expect HTC and Huawei to unveil WP8 smartphones soon. One company that looks unlikely to reveal any Windows Phone 8 releases is Sony, after the mobile division’s President and CEO Kunimasa Suzuki said they “have no current plans for it.”
Sony was thought to be considering a Windows Phone 8 smartphone after Sony Mobile’s UK & Ireland’s Pierre Perron said they were “currently investigating with the likes of Microsoft the possibility of diversifying our product strategy.”
We’ve been here before. Sony has made noises about Windows Phone in the past but it came to nothing. Manufacturers will frequently test out different platforms and even create prototypes without taking the plunge and releasing them.
One reason some people are expecting Android manufacturers to branch out and consider Windows Phone 8 is Samsung’s high profile courtroom loss to Apple and the threat of more patent infringement suits. HTC has suggested it will aim for a balance between WP8 and Android in order to try and turn its fortunes around. The situation there is slightly different, though, as Kunimasa Suzuki went on to point out “We are not afraid of lawsuits, because we have an extensive portfolio of intellectual property rights.”
For the immediate future, at least, it looks like Sony Mobile is still all-in on the Android platform.
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This sounds great. On September 3rd I bought my first Android smartphone (that’s funny, because I am looking towards Android since 2008 and since that moment I have agitated all my friends to buy android phones. All that time I was looking for an ideal and likely found it). And that’s Xperia S. It’s great in everything, except battery. And that’s why it’s so cheap if compared to GSIII or One X. But the 7-hour battery doesn’t stop me loving this device.
Thanks to JBQ (leader of AOSP), recently SXS became an Xperia Nexus, and they’ll release the first AOSP firmware in the beginning of October. Galaxy Nexus runs Jelly Bean blazingly fast, Xperia will perform even better.
So it’s amazing news that Sony focuses on Android only and wont’t keep better design to the competing OS phones (Ativ S is better than GS III and I am sure, Samsung did it specially).
P.S. Pardon my English, greetings from Moscow :)
Hail Sony, they are wiser to choose android
Time to buy Sony phones :)
I think its a good idea for Sony to keep developing and basing themselves strong on Android like they did make some cool phones with Java.. Symbian and Windows 6 didn’t go that well for Sony Ericsson.