Sony and Microsoft considering Windows Phone 8 hardware
Sony is in discussions with Microsoft regarding new hardware running Windows Phone 8. Sony’s mobile chief revealed to TechRadar that his company doesn’t what to be a single OS manufacturer. That means the Japanese are looking for an alternative of Android and Windows Phone could be their logical choice. Different aspects of a future partnership have been discussing. Sony has already partnered with Microsoft in the PC sector, but both teams are exploring the possibilities in the mobile area. Rumors have prompted speculations that the first Sony Windows handset can be branded with the Vaio logo, similar to the Windows PCs branding.
Leaked images of a Windows Phone prototype by Sony have been seen several times since the OS launch. Sony has been working and experimenting with the software over the past years, but we still haven’t seen anything official in terms of Windows Phone hardware.
2014 will be a crucial year for Windows Phone. The mobile OS is currently dominated by Nokia and Microsoft tries to attract other manufacturers in attempts to increase the popularity of the platform. As we reported, Microsoft is exploring different approaches including lowering or eliminating the license fees for the future hardware partners. ZTE, Huawei and other companies are expected to launch Windows Phone devices in Spring 2014. Around that time, Microsoft will be ready with the next major OS version – Windows Phone 8.1.