Sony confirms Windows Phone talks with Microsoft
Sony could be returning to Microsoft's mobile platform after a six-year Android-only diet, according to EU head of mobile Pierre Perron
Sony has confirmed rumours that it is actively investigating launching a Windows Phone handset, six years after it abandoned the platform in favour of Google's Android.
Sony has released a raft of smartphones of late, but they all share one thing in common: they're based around a customised version of Google's Android operating system. Previously, the company had released handsets running various platforms - both on its own and as part of its partnership with Ericsson, which dissolved in 2011. Recently, however, it has been rumoured that the company is working on building a handset based around Microsoft's Windows Phone platform as direct competition to Nokia's Lumia range.
Although the company has nothing official to announce, TechRadar has been able to get confirmation from Sony's Pierre Perron, head of its European mobile arm, that the rumours aren't completely deniable. "We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft," Perron told the site, "as part of our partnership with [Microsoft] on the broader Sony spectrum."
Sony already partners with Microsoft to provide the Windows operating system on its desktop and laptop products, but gave up on the company's Windows Phone platform following the launch of the Xperia X1 in 2008. A sequel was designed but never commercially released, with Sony instead focusing purely on Android.
Perron did not state whether Sony was looking to release a single Windows Phone handset to test the water or a range from budget to flagship in order to compete with Nokia's Lumia family, nor did he offer a time scale for any potential launch.