Fake image alert: Sony Windows Phone is just a skinned Android

Fake image alert: Sony Windows Phone is just a skinned Android
It looks like someone in China may have seen our post about making your Android look like Windows Phone, because there are new pics going around that claim to be a Sony device running "the latest version of Windows Phone". Unfortunately, even a cursory glance will tel you know that the images just show a skinned Android device.

We like to catch these things before they pick up too much steam, because once a bad rumor starts spreading, it is much more difficult to beat back. We got a tip from a reader saying that Sony could be working on a Windows Phone. The story intrigued us, because we would very much like to see Sony make hardware for WP, just like we hope it is true that HTC is working on a WP version of the One. WP is a solid platform, and it deserves good hardware from more manufacturers than just Nokia. 

Unfortunately, you can quite easily see in the images below that this is a skinned Android device. It has the Android soft buttons with Sony's skin on the bottom, and what is obviously an Android notification bar on the top. Maybe Sony will make some Windows Phone hardware soon because the Vaio Duo tablet/laptop Windows 8 hybrids have looked pretty good.


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33 Comments

1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

LOL nice one! But please just leave it to Nokia..

9. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Sony should concentrate on Android devices

27. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Even though this is just a Android skin... Why should Sony or HTC, BB, or any other OEM limit themselves to only one OS... Thats what I can't understand... Make money everywhere money is too be made... Look at Samsung, their doing it right. They make Windows, Androids, Tizen, etc, etc, etc.

29. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

*they are Can't you see what happened to HTC First? I know its android but First was a fail. You mentioned Samsung, same thing happened to them. Their Window phone failed (Ativ S).. They have abandoned BADA OS too. Lets see what they are gonna do with Tizen. Ups and down is a part of a business. Its worth-mentioning that what happened to Nokia in the last 2-3 years.

34. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

If Apple made a "iphone First", it wouldn't sell nobody wants a Facebook phone, which is why Samsung turned Mr. Zuckenburg down. But that New Samsung Ativ Q Notebook which runs Android and Windows will be the #1 TAB sold in 2013, I believe... And Samsung really didn't push their Windows handset because of lack of interest. Anywho, I have no stock in their success or not. Later. :)

37. HASHTAG unregistered

With the price of the ATIV Q, I'm sure we all know it'll be around the thousand dollar price range tag, it will be far from being the #1 "sold" tab in 2013. Probably the best tablet of 2013, but not the best seller.

40. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Nexus and iPad will remain the best tablets I believe.

38. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

ok this is just me but samsung have androidnised tizen way too much from what i've seen but that's just my view !

28. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It's a WP8 phone with a launcher made to look like Android launched WP8. Lol.

2. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

Sony makes beautiful hardware but screen and camera are not very good. Nokia is better in every aspect.

3. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

ummmm let's wait and see.. It's a good competition though

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sorry, but Sony's UI is terrible. Sense 5 TouchWiz Nature UX, and even Huawei's Emotion UI is more appealing than Sony's UI.

8. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Atleast Sony's UI is better than Huawei's emotion UI.

15. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Not better than optimus & touchwiz!

19. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Sense and Touchwiz are way better than all others. Sony UI and Optimus UI are equal ( I mean in ranking)

16. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

That's just, like, your opinion, mate. I can't stand TouchWiz and it's 2.2 Froyo look. Sense looks overworked, as usual. At least the Xperia UI stays close to vanilla Android. And that's my opinion, not stating it as fact.

20. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yeah. Its more like a matter of your personal choice.

23. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Lol what ?? if you love a child made interface like Samsung one....Xperia UI is classy

5. gd761

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Don't Tease us with a HUGE B.S. story with a BAD Photoshop Picture. We WANT it to Be True and FACTUAL! Then we can trust what you have to say in the future.

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Where is the tease? It was laid out as BS right from the start, because we don't want the false rumor to spread. Squashing bad info is just as important as spreading good info.

11. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Where is photo shop listed in the article?

18. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

"FAKE ALERT" on the title. Get your eyes checked.

24. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

You are so lazy to read the title!

33. gd761

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

What I Meant was that some Knucklehead had Posted it on the Net and it was found to be "FAKE" and was exposed as "FAKE". We All Want Windows Phones to Start coming out, but what We WANT IS FOR IT TO BE REAL!!!! Looking at the Picture, if it was Photoshoped, then it was a REALLY BAD Attempt. if I was going to make a "FAKE" Windows Phone, then I Would make DAMN SURE to make it look like it was Official and Not like what was found. It was found so very easily because the person who posted it in the first place, did Not even try to make it look in the least bit real.

14. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Nah, Sony has no intentions of making WP handsets. This kind of rumors keep popping up since 2011. Heck, even XDA picked it up once. It was a skinned Xperia Arc S, btw.

21. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Its the launcher called Launcher 8

22. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You don't say?!?!?!?!?!?!?

30. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Really? I was going to guess Buzz Launcher (they have a theme like this).

36. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The funny thing is that Launcher 8 on the Optimus G, is just as smooth as Windows Phone 8, save the lock screen animation. But other than that, it is the same. haha

39. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

WP doesn't lag.

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