Sony denies rumors of a Windows Phone 8 handset

Sony denies rumors of a Windows Phone 8 handset
Remember when Sony Ericsson made smartphones based on Windows Mobile? Those times are long gone as the entire Xperia lineup that is currently on the market runs Android. Yet just a few days ago, a report claimed that Sony is likely considering partnering up with Microsoft again and launch Windows Phone 8 smartphones in the near future. That seemed like a credible speculation. After all, the tech giant has been making Windows-based PCs for years, and those leaked WP7 prototypes indicate that the company is open to diversifying its Xperia lineup with an alternative to Android.

However, Sony Mobile executive Kunimasa Suzuki put the rumors to rest by saying that the company is not planning to launch any Windows Phone 8 smartphones at the moment. For the time being, Sony will retain its focus on Android-based handsets, although it has been slowly losing market share due to fierce competition by other manufacturers. Sony's Mobile department has also been losing money recently, although Suzuki stated that the issue will be addressed by reducing costs and bringing new smartphones to the market in a timely manner.

So if you've been hoping for a PlayStation-branded smartphone with Windows Phone 8, Music Unlimited, and a Walkman music player, we're sorry to disappoint you, but such a handset isn't coming anytime soon. Yet who knows, perhaps if WP8 gains enough traction, Sony might think twice about it and enter the Windows Phone 8 market with an offering of its own. Guess we'll have to wait and see what the future holds.

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14 Comments

1. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

ow sony why w8 is a really good platform and if you are planning on making a windows 8 device please make the camera better than nokia 920 camera I envy them

10. MeoCao unregistered

This is smart move by Sony, they have to concentrate their efforts on Android b-c that's where market is instead of venturing on to an unknown territory and fighting the war on 2 fronts while still losing the main battle.

2. wendygarett unregistered

That's sad... But I'm glad Sony denied all those junk hype to avoid customers confusion... Unlike other companies who create those fake hype to cheat us... Eg: fruit company

9. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

hmmm.. subtly bashing on apple now, eh wendy? and then you wear their logo for an avatar.. cmon man, which side are you on? lolz

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Sony left it for Nokia to earn more :D

4. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that Microsoft also makes the Xbox and all the preinstalled multimedia programs are Xbox branded? That said, it would be kinda cool to have both Xbox and Playstation content on one device... other than a PC that is

5. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

was looking forward to a SONY WP8 device :( .. this is a sad news !!

11. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Agree. Sony is on my shortlist of Android manufacturers if WP 8 disappointed me. Would have LOVED to have them on my shortlist for both OS's. Oh well. It was a long shot....

6. poddey

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Well what a pity... Aside from the Lumia 800/920 design, I think WP8 would look right at home in an Xperia S/P/U shell and the transparent bar would set it apart from all the other boring looking WP handsets. And apart from that I think a VAIO branded phone with top specs could really sell.

7. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Why Sony :( even Sammy is making WP8 phones, would be nice to see a Sony designed Windows Phone 8 Device :)

8. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

sony like nokia produce beautiful looking hardwares, its android ui looks elegant too, fortunately they seem to always lag, their flagships are dual-core which is last year and it'd be stupid of them if they didnt anticipate htc/samsung were launching quad-core devices (htc one/sgs3)....all they need is a quad-core device with a loooooonger life battery, and they must lauch it during this holiday season...

12. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

what are you talking about? my single core arc s not laggy after last ics update. dual core is last year? then you must be easy to trap with marketing gimmick, see article of how dual core xperia T and V beat those quad core in benchmark. But there is always choice for you, go for win8 or iOS for safety but with many limitation and boredom, android is for people who can be smarter than their smartphone. If you can't be smarter, go for other. But I must agree with you if we talking about marketing, they need make quad core phone if they want to get market attention, because people can easily trick with number

13. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I am not sad Sony doe not want to make Windows 8 smart phones at this but DIG THIS SONY is going to make VIO Windows 8 Laptops and all Sony has to do make a super Gamers Laptop is Keep the Microsoft Xbox App and put in it's own Sony Apps that will include some Play station games then Sony will have a BAD ASS gaming Laptop computer that plays HALO as well as some Play station games. Wow Sony has got a winner in it's hands right now. and that is no BS

14. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

:( Enough said

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