Sony Not Tied To Android, Open To Windows Phone If It Becomes Popular

Sony recently completed the buyout of Sony Ericsson and now calls the wholly-owned subsidiary Sony Mobile Communications. With this change comes updated Android devices and lofty gaming plans with their Android Playstation Suite and SDK. Sounds like Sony is all in with the big green robot.

Not so fast. Earlier, we learned that Sony may consider expanding their Vita OS platform to smartphones and tablets in the future. Now, we are hearing from Stephen Sneeden, Product Marketing Manager of the Xperia line, that they are open to the possibility of using Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but there are currently no solid plans because “no one really cares about Windows Phone“, at least not at the moment.

Basically, Sony does not want to close the door on any future possibilities and partnerships. This is a smart move since the mobile landscape is in no way solidified. Even though Android and iOS seem to be the two dominant platforms right now, the winds could change any time, and Sony does not want to be left in the dust should that happen.

Even though Sony has been putting Android to good use, they posted a $325 million loss for fiscal 2011, stating that intense competition in the lower end Android market has hurt their bottom line. This is enough of an incentive to keep their eyes open and work on back up plans, including Vita OS and now apparently Windows Phone as well. Right now, they have no plans to stop using Android, and if they can turn things around, there’s a good chance they’ll stick around. There’s also no reason they couldn’t test the waters with another platform in tandem with Android.

Other manufacturers, namely HTC, Samsung, and LG, have already released devices running Windows Phone, though they don’t move nearly as well as their respective Android-based devices. In this economy, it’s prudent to not keep all your eggs in one basket, even if that basket is the Green Basket of Android’s Meteoric Rise.

source: phonearena

About the Author: Ed Caggiani

Originally from the East Coast, Ed now makes his home in San Jose, California. His passion for technology started with his first ColecoVision and Atari gaming systems, and has grown stronger through Tandy computers, IBM clones, Palm Pilots, and PocketPCs. Ed's love for Android began with his first HTC Hero, then blossomed with the original Evo 4G, and now the Evo 3D and Motorola Xoom. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, and is now a professional User Experience Designer working in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ed enjoys video games, jamming on guitar, and spending time with his wife, two cats, and Logitech Revue.

  • Lawrence D’Oliveiro

    Hey, I’m open to adopting pigs as a platform for passenger aviation if that ever works out, too.

    • Anonymous

      I’m open to the idea of using smoke signals and carrier pigeons as alternative means of communication.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting move by Sony although I don’t see the Windows phone happening like Android anytime soon.

  • Gregory Opera

    If Sony released a Windows Phone-powered smartphone, I might consider the alternative operating system… Until that happens though, I’ll happily stick with my Android smartphone.