Sony eyes up Microsoft’s Windows Phone: report


screen-shot-2014-01-02-at-10-02-06-612x306Microsoft is furthering efforts to promote the Windows Phone system, and may have found a new partner in an old rival: Sony.

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According to The Information, Sony is considering the launch of a new Windows Phone handset as soon as the middle of 2014. Citing a person with knowledge of the matter and another briefed on the new device, the publication says that while Sony has exclusively released smartphones running on Google’s Android operating system, the electronics maker could be one of many lured to the Windows Phone front — thanks to financial incentives. Talks have apparently progressed to the point of prototype device designs.

Microsoft is apparently luring handset makers with the promise of incentives including slashed software licensing fees, and is looking to attract partners including Sony and ZTE.

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If ZTE is indeed in talks with Microsoft, a deal could help the Chinese telecom equipment maker towards its goal of becoming one of the world’s top three handset makers by shipment volume by 2016. ZTE spokesman David Dai said that the firm is looking at markets within the United States, India, China and Russia in particular, as well as having established a dedicated mobile device business group to further drive its smartphone business.

The group is focused on producing both low and high-end handsets. If Microsoft is confirmed to be offering licensing deals, it may be that firms such as ZTE could produce low-cost, entry-level smartphones for emerging markets in areas such as India — and despite fierce competition from companies such as Apple and Samsung — the move could boost the number of Windows Phone users.


Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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