Sony could release Windows Phone this year

Sony is potentially planning to release a Windows Phone at some point in 2014, according to a new report.

According to the Information, Microsoft is in talks with Sony to release a Windows Phone and the future product could become part of its Vaio range. Sony has launched Windows-based notebooks, desktops and media centres under this brand in the past.

The Information claims that the source was “a person who was involved in the talks and a person briefed about the device” and that Sony has “considered launching a Windows phone as soon as mid-2014”.

If the reports are true, it would end Sony’s current loyalty with Google’s Android, the platform it has exclusively used for its smartphones for nearly four years. Sony has apparently started to draw up initial prototype designs for the new Windows-based phone.

Nokia currently has the lion’s share of the Windows Phone platform with 90 per cent of the market. HTC, its closest competitor, has just seven per cent.

The report states that no definite agreement has been reached between Microsoft and Sony so far.