by Anton Shilov
02/10/2014 | 11:05 PM
Since Sony Corp. plans to leave the market of personal computers later this year, it would naturally cease to use Windows operating system for desktops and notebooks. However, the company is interested in sustaining relationship with Microsoft Corp. and to utilize its mobile OSes for tablets and smartphones, according to the head of the company.
“Windows products will go to the new company. In the mobile arena, we decided that it is essential now to concentrate on smartphones and tablets. Microsoft has various OSes, including mobile. So, as Sony, we will consider new product development going forward,” said Kazuo Hirai, chief executive of Sony, during a press conference, reports Cnet News.
At present all Sony’s smartphones and tablets are powered by Google Android operating system. As the company expands its portfolio of products, it may use Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Windows RT or even Windows 8 for future handsets and slates. In fact, earlier this year a rumour transpired that Sony was working on a smartphone featuring Windows Phone 8 platform.
High-ranking executives never publicly talk about future plans unless those plans are solid and should transpire in the near future. In case the executive talks about plans to “consider” the mobile operating systems from the world’s largest developer, it is more than likely that such products are already are in the roadmap and are not far from the announcement.
Sony will likely introduce its new lineup of smartphones and tablets at the Mobile World Congress 2014. It is logical to assume that in case Sony intends to release a Windows Phone 8-based handset, it will showcase it at MWC.
Sony’s smartphones powered by Google Android have become rather popular on the market in just one year thanks to their stylish and waterproof designs as well as build quality. Similar handsets with Windows Phone 8 could give a boost to the platform among users seeking for style and quality and for some reasons not considering Apple iPhone.
Given the fact that Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows RT are not popular in general, it is completely unknown why Sony decided to adopt them for its devices. It is unlikely that these mobile operating systems will let the company gain a significant chunk of the market.
Since Sony’s smartphones are based on Qualcomm Snapdragon application processors that support both Google Android and Windows Phone 8 platforms, it is possible that Sony will unify hardware platforms for certain models and will offer them with different operating systems. In this case, an additional operating system will not make Sony’s supply chain more complex.