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Sony rumored to be delivering Windows Phone handsets in July

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Sony rumored to be delivering Windows Phone handsets in July
According to Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, the manufacturer is talking to Microsoft about some unnamed project. This dovetails perfectly with speculation that Sony will be rolling out a pair of Windows Phone flavored handsets this coming July. Actually, Sony Ericsson and Microsoft did team up on older models, such as the original Sony Xperia X1. The device with the panel based interface, was powered by Windows Mobile Professional 6.1.

While Perron later backtracked a little from his comment, it doesn't matter. Other rumors have Sony starting a test run of several thousand Windows Phone handsets. It is expected that the Sony phones will be the first to roll off the assembly line with the new GDR updates being planned by Microsoft.

"We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum."-Pierre Perron, Sony Mobile Europe

Besides producing devices with Windows Mobile, a few years ago, Sony Ericsson had manufactured a prototype of a phone that ran on the Windows Phone 7 platform. Codenamed "Julie," the model never did get offered to the public.

source: @tomwarren via WMPoweruser

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posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:02 21

1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3043; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


First concentrate on Z2 release Sony. Your money is in android not in WP.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:23 11

8. kerell78us (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Why are you so worried?

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 21:41 1

38. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1669; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


True,, is not like he's buying either one lol

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 02:44

42. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3043; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


lol WP fanboy. I'm getting either this or the S5 next month

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 20:22

45. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 690; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


"this" referring to a Sony made WP?!

ahhaaa, sorry couldn't help myself.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:26 8

10. ihavenoname (Posts: 1313; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Everybody who is getting WP is getting Nokia anyway. (Not that Nokia would nescessarily be better than Sony, but Nokia brand is the reason why people are buying Windows Phones anyway).

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:42 3

13. PressStart (Posts: 111; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


That is definitely obvious and probably the reason windows has a small share in the US. Slap your OS on different devices and see what happens.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:45 5

14. kerell78us (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Guess it stands to reason that people will also buy because of the name Sony as well. Or maybe they are others like myself you wanted neither Andriod nor iOS.

I saw my colleagues issues with Andriod and it's lag, crashes and constant restarting. At the time I had a Blackberry; I took the leap and bought a Lumia device (both mobile operators in my country sold only Nokia); now 5 out of 7 have WP, 1 iPhone 4s (drives him nuts now but he's had it since launch) and the other Andriod. The Andriod user is trying to buy Lumia 1520 to which I secretly upgraded only for him to say "Sh*t, you've beaten me to the punch; I am trying to buy that phone".

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:56 5

15. PressStart (Posts: 111; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


I've only had three smart phones so far. 1st. IPhone 4. Great experience. 2nd iPhone 5. Great experience but was bored with it. And now I am using a Nexus 5. This is my first android experience and I have mixed feelings about it. I like that I can change its interface, i.e. launchers and themes, but I do have problems with its day to day operations sometimes. My biggest issue is whenever I receive a call, the touch commands become useless. Talk about irritating. This leads me to try a Windows phone next time I'm available for an upgrade. More than likely it'll be a Nokia, but if I dig Windows phone, that could lead me to try windows on a different device other than Nokia.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:07 5

20. kerell78us (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I currently own the NL1520, however I do plan on buying another high end WP from a recognized OEM; thus far there are Samsung and Sony. Should Sony launch their phone in July and it's a mid-range or high-end, it'll definitely be Sony.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:46 1

25. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 62; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


are you s ballmer's son?

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 13:22 2

31. Finalflash (Posts: 1547; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Damn, must be tough to be the broke kid in pre-school, you guys should be nice to him instead of rubbing your vanity purchases in his face.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:04 1

18. DFranch (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Only because Nokia is the only manufacturer who really takes WP seriously. Samsung & HTC only dabble in it. That might change now that WP is free, and they can basically make the same phone in android and WP flavors.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:13 3

21. PressStart (Posts: 111; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


Where is our Microsoft Windows phone at, right?! I always thought Windows could have designed a chassis for a laptop and call it their own. I know it's not their game, but hey, look, they built a game console. Why not their own phone? Windows hardware and OS! I'm still dreaming.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:51 5

26. akki20892 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


We buy Nokia because Nokia stand for it's class.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 13:00 2

28. PressStart (Posts: 111; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


Regardless of its OS?

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 13:06 1

29. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


This is such a dumb comment Thats like saying only get Samsung device for Android because they made them famous.

Sony is actually split. They make absolutely no Google PC's & no Windows Phone (mobile device) platform.
They have the ability to make & go in either or both directions & have a good eco system to boot; with their movies, music, apps & games.

Let them have at it. I have the Icon & S4. I can't wait to see what they will bring.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:30 1

11. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


maybe they r planning to release z2 with z3 :D

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:30 2

12. sip1995 (Posts: 744; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


That's why Sony is losing money from SAMEsung.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:01 3

16. DFranch (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Actually, Android costs them money they pay to Microsoft. WP8.1 is free.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:07

19. sip1995 (Posts: 744; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


That's true.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:43 1

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6212; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Exactly. Why bother wast youre resource on a company that SUES AGAINST Android now MS BEGS FOR SONY one of the top companies for help to bulid a WINDOWS PHONE. Plus they don't want to add XBOX app on their phones when they concentrate on PLAYSTATION MOBILE app

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:54 6

27. akki20892 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Let wp grow dude. We need alternative os. We can't rely on just one os. Wp is unique, I hope in couple years wp would get around 20% market share.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 13:07 1

30. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


This is such a dumb comment Thats like saying only get Samsung device for Android because they made them famous.

Sony is actually split. They make absolutely no Google PC's & no Windows Phone (mobile device) platform.
They have the ability to make & go in either or both directions & have a good eco system to boot; with their movies, music, apps & games.

Let them have at it. I have the Icon & S4. I can't wait to see what they will bring.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:03 7

2. PressStart (Posts: 111; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


Oooo. An Xperia Z chassis with WP OS sounds cool.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:10 3

4. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Chasis, yes.
WP OS, no.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:14

5. PressStart (Posts: 111; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


Yes to both for experimentation.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:20 3

7. elitewolverine (Posts: 1304; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Chasis yes, windows os yes, droid no. I don't want to babysit a droid phone. I would rather take iOS. My note3 is there for one reason and it is not droid.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:06 1

3. aldridhl (Posts: 48; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)


"It's about timeee."

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:16 4

6. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Have to see how this plays out....

Playstation Mobile....Xbox Live... will they co exists on the same phone?

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 11:23

9. PressStart (Posts: 111; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


Hmmm. What will happen if you link android and windows through USB on ps4 and Xbox? Will the consoles read them to any avail?

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:04 1

17. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


This is great news for the WP ecosystem! The more OEM's, the better! Especially an OEM that has excellent build quality and camera tech like Sony. I'm looking forward to WP8.1 and beyond more and more. The fact that MSFT has now made WP / WINDOWS free to use for sub-nine inch devices is undoubtedly helping in the recent increase in WP OEM's. This great OS is only going to get better and become more prominent in the future.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:44 4

23. papss (unregistered)


Wow this would be awesome as long as they bring them stateside. The best OS matched with amazing hardware.. all my opinion of course

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 12:44

24. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6212; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


If this is true we probably won't see it till IFA 14'

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 13:37

32. vuyonc (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Native Playstation and Xbox integration, please.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 13:41

33. Liveitup (Posts: 1053; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


The floodgates are now open now that WP is license free, Android free OS advantage over WP has disappeared, matter of fact with patents fee it costs more to produce an Android device than a WP device for OEMs. Clearly many Android fans are scared of competition.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:49

35. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I missed this...when did WP become free?

And it aint so much that Android fans are scared....MS is scared....hence WP now being free.

Just like Apple offering the iPhone on pre paid carriers, and making a bigger screen phone.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 18:48 2

36. papss (unregistered)


M$ isn't scared dude.. Just like all mfg's they have to evolve..
that's like saying google is scared of m$ because they block them on everything and even tried to do so with the Nokia accession

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 20:58

37. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Touche....lol.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 14:07 4

34. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1866; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Can't wait to check out some waterproof WPs from Sony! :D

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 21:55

39. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1669; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


A Xperia z Wp , with flash lol

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 22:58

40. MacWiNux (Posts: 57; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


this make me remember my Xperia X2.... wahhhh

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 02:05

41. greenlife (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Windows Phone! I'm looking forward to this handsets

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:30 1

43. DFranch (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I welcome another manufacturer with a focus on camera quality to the Windows Phone arena. Sony doesn't have that big a piece of the android pie. There's an opportunity to be a major player with Windows phone. Besides, now that the camera button and capacitive buttons are no longer a requirement, and WP is free, there is no reason not to throw your hat in the ring with some Windows phone devices.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 16:03

44. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...I think this is gonna be a real test for Google...2 free OS's...which will get noticed more...

MS has some good will to try to win back from many of us former Win Mo users...that jumped ship to Android. And those that jumped ship to the iPhone. I almost went to the iPhone after trying a co workers one day...I had the Omnia 1...Samsung..Win MO..thats part of the reason I dont like their phones today...lol.

In all the debates, arguments....people forget that Win Mo was 1 or 2 in market share once upon a time. And Android was waaaaaay at the bottom...struggling to get noticed.

People dont just leave a platform like that and stay away for nothing. MS, Palm and BB should have never let Android and the iPhone do what they did....

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