Sony in discussion with Windows Phone: offering only Android is not a “viable position”

by bold-lichterman

While Sony has so far relied on Android to equip its smartphones, the Japanese giant has confirmed to the site TechRadar have entered into discussions with Microsoft with a view to adopting its Windows Phone mobile operating system. “We don’t want to be a manufacturer [de smartphone] from a single OS, I don’t think it’s a viable position in the long term, ”explained Pierre Perron, director of Sony Mobile Europe.

Unlike the solution offered free of charge by Google to manufacturers – the Montain View firm remunerating itself on the commission taken during the sales of applications and content from its platform – Microsoft invoices Windows Phone in the form of a license, its model always. If no release date has been communicated, the site recalls that the two companies are not their first collaboration since, in 2008, Sony had marketed the Xperia X1 under Windows Mobile.

More generally, the firm also wishes to take advantage of this alliance to offer a more comprehensive offer integrating its other devices: ” [Travailler avec Microsoft] is an interesting proposition for us in the PC environment, and we continue our engagement with them ”. A statement that comes as Windows Phone begins to break through with some commercial success in the main European markets.