Sony Ericsson has no plans for Windows Phone 7 after all?

by X10 on November 19, 2010

in News

Xperia X2We recently brought you rumours that Sony Ericsson were planning to launch a couple of handsets under the Xperia brand running the fledgling WP7 OS. However, if SE France CEO, Pierre Perron, is to be believed a WP7 handset could be a long time coming. Whilst SE are still in discussions with Microsoft, the company does not expect to release a handset anytime soon.

The main reason for this is the strict specification and software limits imposed by Microsoft. “[With] Windows [Phone] 7 we run the risk of standardising our smartphones” Perron told Les Echos, “we would be obliged to fight only on design and price, which we want to avoid.” With all of the effort the company has ploughed into its UXP for its X10 range, it’s not surprising it wants to utilise this UI layer where possible.

Via Telecom Paper.

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1 Professor X November 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM

good, windows phone 7 looks like a nightmare

2 Felipe November 19, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Well, android 3.0 will not allow Custom UI, so SE will have to face the problem sooner or later

3 Stan S. November 19, 2010 at 5:10 PM

@Filipe If Android 3.0 (after Gingerbread which is 2.3) does not allow customization, NO US CARRIER (save maybe T-Mobile) will carry Android.

US carriers demand that Android features be stripped out of the base units — tethering being a prime example. Google Sync is barely permitted when the carrier has their own Sync app for money. In the case of Sony Sync, that’s not happening at all in the US. They barely tolerate YouTube over their own for-pay streaming video. They want to maximize the monthly payments they get, and any feature that hinders that won’t be on the phones. And Yes, I Understand that you can install what you want, but even having the Sony Sync app, won’t make it a selectable option in the sync function of android or even run as a stand-alone application.

Remember at least in the US, it’s the only place where you pay for both incoming and outgoing calls unless there is some other ‘feature’ that overrides that, such as ‘Friends and Family” or ‘same carrier’ free calling.

4 Killa Magilla November 19, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Oh yeah the same Rachael UXP that is working wonders with its slowness. I would rather have the Microsoft designed UI over anything Sony designs any day of the week. Their software developers for phones are on level with Huawei developers or maybe even worse since my brothers Huawei android phone outperforms the Sony UI.

And they take half a year implementing their own UI. I hope Android 3.0 does not allow for custom UI, Sony would ruin that too.

5 Burnstone101 November 19, 2010 at 5:53 PM

At least if they don’t allow custom UI on 3.0, then Sony will have no excuses on delayed updates! o_0

6 Bobbel November 19, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Isn’t Android opensource? So you’re able to customize the UI, if you want to. 😉

7 Jeshurun November 19, 2010 at 6:35 PM

“launch a couple of headsets under the Xperia brand”
I think you meant handsets.

8 Jeshurun November 19, 2010 at 6:38 PM

@Stan S.
You are forgetting the great white north. I hope all those SOB’s that run the carriers rot in hell.

9 Rod M. November 19, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Good! There’s no need for them to pay for an OS which looks fugly…

10 X10 November 19, 2010 at 7:15 PM

@Jeshurun – Thanks for the typo – it’s been a long week!

11 x10 warrior November 19, 2010 at 7:51 PM

yea ! SE never shud go towards win7,
It is a OS which doesn’t hv any features that can be compared with smartphone.
They are @ beginning , as a Linux fan I hate win…

Love android.. se shud concentrate on Android 3.0… utilize the UXP

12 Mohamed Mohie November 19, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Waiting Sony Ericsson windows phone…

13 haha November 20, 2010 at 1:09 AM

what ever OS SE is gonna develop on, it will still turn shit anyway. X10 is the best example

14 draft_life November 20, 2010 at 2:34 AM

One question
Does anybody buy Sony Ericsson windows phone?
Almost SE fan doesn’t wait ugly OS and Windows phone is already loser before launch.

15 zleepy November 20, 2010 at 3:34 AM

that’s great news..

cause SE X1 with wm6 suuuucked bigtime…

i bought one, and hated it, so slow, nothing worked kinda..
sold it almost direct 🙂

16 Simon Urzua November 20, 2010 at 4:51 AM

thanks god… they can’t put FroYo into xperia x10 yet, imagine if the half of developers works on windows phone…

17 ANUZ November 20, 2010 at 7:08 AM

At the end of the day, it is about product cost. Everything being equal, SE cannot compete with HTC, Samsung or LG on cost, therefore in terms of pricing it will make SE phones much more expensive relative to other makers.

Good example is the X10, what justifies the premium price we pay for the X10 even with its outdated firmware?

18 dualbore November 20, 2010 at 8:22 AM

“…the company does not expect to release a handset anytime soon.”

Well, SE not releasing anything anytime soon sounds familiar… 😉

19 tochi November 20, 2010 at 9:39 AM

haters of SE get a life ….leave dis site….
i love se to d core
SE dont get close to windows phone 7 android is d future

20 John November 20, 2010 at 10:02 AM

My desire is new UXP will be opitimized, much faster, less memory-consumption. Also good idea is to be able to switch off all (slowness..) SE services. Android updates is nightmare. When we enjoy the phone with systematic updates of platform? I hope it would not be too far. Greets x

21 Dan November 20, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I really think windows would be a perfect fit for Sony. Having their software up to snuff has always been their problem, doing unique style hardware has been their strong suit. But I think they are waiting until they are able to do Manufacture type zones, like HTC Sense will appear on windows and Sony could then include their version.

22 xXx November 20, 2010 at 11:05 AM

cant imagine a se phone with xbox apps

23 mr t November 20, 2010 at 4:59 PM

why would you wnat windows on your phone ? is bad enough on your laptop crashing !

24 Sparks November 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM

@Stan S Wait wait wait.. in the US you have to PAY for incomming calls? What the hell for? The person who decides to make the call should pay for it..
I read the other day they don’t allow Skype over 3G. Sounds bloody awful!

25 Alexbr November 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

@Sparks. Yes it is true, i lived in us for the past 10 years and you have to pay for income call’s, unless you subscribe for unlimited plan for U$ 99.00 a month, or you include the numbers in your my five (t-mobile). That’s a big rip of, because i’m used to not pay incoming, and was very difficult for me to adapt to this income call issue, and other thing the cell phone network in US is crap, The biggest carrier still using CDMA,…..rsrsrsrsrsrsrs

26 fact is fact November 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

This blog used to be very interesting so why is it so boring and slow now? Nothing new at all or what. I guess the owner may be a little busy these days 🙂

Hope to have something new soon!

27 andrei November 21, 2010 at 8:53 PM

@fact is fact
want some fresh news?
download links for Froyo 2.2.1 AOSP ROM => next week.
Known problems:
– no Audio playback (voice calls work)
– no native Video playback (RockPlayer works)
– camera – not implemented yet
– random reboots (identified – WIP)
– random lags (identified – WIP)
– slight radio issue – voice calls – sometimes (1 out of 25-30 for me) both you and the other person sound like a chipmunk (identified – WIP)

28 h0rza November 22, 2010 at 12:46 AM

Note to all: if SE actually made a WP7 device that could be approved by Windows it would be the fullest, hardware feature set filled device SE have ever made.

So I’m not surprised they’re not in a rush to build one. As for the UI issuesHTC have added there own style to WP7 with no problems BTW.

29 SCW November 22, 2010 at 1:20 AM

I understand why SE want their own UI. But if you think about how long it took them to release the Android 2.1 update, SE using their own UI may not be a good thing.

30 gregorian November 22, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Well, that’s all I want from Sony.
Make beautiful hardware. Make a solid, good looking phone that feels good in your hand.
Which is what the X10 is.

And let someone else do the damn software.

31 Mohamed Mohie November 22, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Sony Ericsson with windows phone = great hardware and software >>>
Be sure to have the latest software updates because windows phone updates are by Microsoft…

32 Luis November 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

win pho 7 sucky right now, may be good in one year or 1.5.

33 h0ruza November 22, 2010 at 5:34 PM

SE want their own UI to hide the fact that there is no hardware. LOL

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