By Stephen Schenck | February 7, 2014 10:23 AM
Is Sony actually going to release a smartphone running Windows Phone 8? We’ve been talking about the idea of the manufacturer expanding past Android as a platform for a little while now, with rumors early last month suggesting that Sony had been meeting with Microsoft regarding the idea. A week later, comments from a Sony exec confirmed that some discussion had taken place, but Sony wasn’t being clear just what direction it would take. As we wait to learn if a Sony Windows Phone handset will ever see the light of day, the company is once again commenting on the issue, and once again giving us a little less than we’d actually like.
As you may have heard, Sony recently announced its intention to sell off its VAIO PC business. That move led to questions about the nature of Sony’s relationship with Microsoft (no longer needing to put Windows on all those computers). In response, CEO Kazuo Hirai talked about the need for Sony to focus on phones and tables from here on out, adding “Microsoft has various OSes, including mobile. So, as Sony, we will consider new product development going forward.”
Confirmation of upcoming Sony WP8 models? No, we’re not quite there yet. But Sony is clearly setting this up to be no big surprise if and when it finally announces such a thing, and comments from the CEO like this may be the closest we’re going to get to a non-confirmation confirmation for the time being.