Sony in discussions with Microsoft about a Windows Phone, says ‘we don’t want to be a single OS manufacturer’

Ian Hardy

January 10, 2014 8:05 am

Rumours last week suggested that Sony might launch a Windows Phone 8 smartphone by mid-2014, and it could be true. In an interview with TechRadar, Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, said, “We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum.”

This could prove to be a great move for Sony. Over the past number of years the company has focussed its efforts on Google’s Android OS and produced great hardware — mainly the build quality, display and camera features.

Perron also added, “We don’t want to be a single OS manufacturer, I don’t think it’s a viable position in the long term… We enjoy very much a good collaboration with Google, we’ve been working with them for a long time and have a level of maturity with that discussion, that’s good. But at the same time, Google has a relationship with direct competitors.”

Source: TechRadar

  • ambleThought

    Sony should be wise here as M$ enters the hardware market by buying Nokia. M$ is probably trying to weaken their competition.

    • Cormang

      I don’t understand how that would make any sense. Microsoft knows they don’t appeal to everyone and that’s why it’s extremely important to maintain healthy relationship with the OEMs. Even Google understands how important this is.

    • It’s Me

      As opposed to Google, who bought Moto and is therefore already in a similar position as MS in competing directly with their OEMs? Sony should simply continue to put all their eggs in one basket with an OS vendor that is a direct competitor to them?

      Android has, overall, proven to be a money loser for all but Google and Samsung and even Samsung is keeping the door open for their own OS. Why shouldn’t Sony at least discuss if MS can make them an attractive offer?

    • Dirty_Harry2

      Uhhh… Microsoft makes money every time a Windows Phone is sold or people buy apps from the Windows store. They don’t care who makes a device with Windows on it as long as a Windows device gets sold.

      And as others have said Google did the exact same thing by buying Motorola.

  • WP74Life

    “We’re sinking fast, but we still want to make android device.” Good logic sony. Even your last products didn’t make it. Android is a no-way. Better start doing mobile phone on different OS. Nokia took the opportunity with WP, why not firefox OS?

    • Al Chui

      ” Nokia took the opportunity with WP” So that’s how you want to try and spin the fact that M$ paid them $1,000,000,000.00 to build WP phones? And people think Apple fans are delusional.

    • Quadron

      They aren’t sinking fast, in many markets their mobile presence grew…

      That won’t matter though because you trolls don’t care for facts and logic.

    • WP74Life

      Every OEM that went the android way (except Samsung) is sinking. Ask your mamma, even her knows about this.

    • Walter

      I don’t see Windows Mobile saving HTC.

    • It’s Me

      Al Chui is the resident joke here on MobileSyrup. If he sees any comments that he _thinks_ is degrading to the holy church of Android, he lashes out like a small dog at a bone. As you can see, his default position is “blame Apple” or “blame Apple fans.”

      At first I thought it was a language barrier, and that may play a part. But in the end, he seems to be seriously mentally challenged and more than a little unstable.

    • Al Chui

      More like “It’s Me” the resident poster boy for butthurt fans. Can’t see straight when someone else types the word Apple in their comment

    • It’s Me

      Al, you’re the only one that comes off as butthurt. WP74Life makes a comment and you jump on him and blame him for being an Apple fan.

      Get some lube before you read the comments here buddy. Your backside will hurt less.

    • Al Chui

      Care to issue a retraction since you were wrong. Or you still digging yourself deeper?

    • WP74Life

      what about you ? Why can’t you see NOKIA were in a financially hard situation and they did what’s best. The same decision I would have took. You can be #1 on a growing new fluid perfect competition-less OS or #3 in a laggy, polluted, most ridiculous fan boys OS. (Android, you guessed right!)

    • WP74Life

      Thanks, that is what I thought.

    • WP74Life

      Out of context, but I miss mobile Syrup OLD DAYS. Back when there wasn’t 300² janitors cleaning the comments. Back when people were actually having fun in the comment sections. Back when this site was a nice place to go. This site went from a “here you can have free speech” to “here you must have an etiquette, you must be kind with bla bla bla”. Reddit-like management for weak.

  • Jigshah

    This is a good thing. Every OEM/ODM should be diversifying their platforms and giving the consumer the choice of which platform and environment they want to use. Not sure why they MS hate continues. Its not 1999 anymore.

    • Dirty_Harry2

      Yeah and if anything, Google of 2014 is MS of 1999, and worse (ever read their terms of service and all the privacy you hand over just by signing up to one Google service?).

  • Jigshah

    I don’t want everything running Google Android. Nothing wrong with MS, nor FF or any other platform. Even a forked android would be an opportunity to diversify.

    • Martin Chan

      I’m a big fan of this idea. I don’t want to see everyone holding an Android device. I want to fight with an underdog.
      In the past, I never liked Microsoft but as of lately, they’re changing for the better. They have great support for devs and their APIs are improving. Google’s kind of turning into the bullying Microsoft from years ago, making alternative app to replace parts of Android with closed APIs and starting to bully the other platforms. WP will remember Google shutting down YouTube for WP users. Even a forked version of Android will be great as it’ll show me Android under the control of someone else.

  • Al Chui

    Boy, didn’t realize I was responding to a butthurt fan with the maturity of a 3 yr..old. The simple fact that M$ PAID them to “go all in” means they DIDN’T actually choose that strategy themselves. If they had why on earth are all the leaks of the Nokia Android phone popping up. Why don’t you do the world a favour and just slither back into your mommy’s basement and cut off your internet connection. Everyone including you will be much happier. Have a nice life Tr0ll.

    • It’s Me

      Nice logic Al. The fact that they were paid means the didn’t actually choose that strategy themselves? So MS forced them to take the money?

      Wait, was it Apple’s fault?

    • Al Chui

      Get off Apple’s nut already. I didn’t blame them. Learn to read. And yes, when someone else pays you a billion dollars to choose their OS instead of another one, it does mean it was a BOUGHT “decision”. You are as bad as WP74Life.

    • It’s Me

      Yeah, you did edit it. Why even deny it now? Are you that embarrassed? Man up and own what you said. You accused him of being an Apple fan because that’s your default answer when someone disagrees with you, whether it makes any sense at all or not.

      But, let’s pretend you didn’t edit it. Then your obsession with Apple led you to bring them up in a thread that had absolutely nothing to do with them. Is that better?

      In the end, whether your original post or your edited post, you show your misguided obsession.

    • whatever

      rumours has it Google was offering the similar amounts
      which invalidates your who argument
      Nokia chose the strategy of being a big player in a smaller pound so that if it goes big, they are the ones ridding the wave. Just like Samsung is doing now on Android

    • Cormang

      I think you’re missing the point. Microsoft needed an OEM to gamble with. Nokia was desperate and had very little to invest. It ended up paying off and both companies got what they wanted. Nokia will now be profitable in industries they dominate and Microsoft is officially a success in the mobile industry.
      Sony, Samsung, and HTC have all realized that Android is simply a mess. I’m a fan of Android, I use it all the time. But lets face it, it’s an immature operating system thrown together with a lot of stability and security issues. I don’t blame Sony or HTC for supporting multiple operating systems. It makes sense especially when you see Samsung going the way of Tizen and HTC looking to dual boot their devices. And if WP becomes free? Well, why wouldn’t a company support the largest technical ecosystem in the world? It’s Windows. It runs on computers, laptops, tablets, phones, Xbox, POS, servers, thin clients, Xbox, and embedded devices. The reach of the Windows ecosystem is massive.
      I’m not a fan boy, but to ignore the obvious choice to support the largest operating system on the planet is just silly. They at least have to think about it.

  • Dirty_Harry2

    Now if only the carriers would support WP8. I am with Bell and wanted to try WP8 but all they carry is the Ativ S which is over a year old and also out of stock constantly on the website. Yet I can pick about 6 different awful 2005 looking Blackberries if I want that. Ugh.