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17 January 2012 by
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Latest image leaks shows a Sony Ericsson prototype running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Will we see a Sony Windows Phone Mango smartphone at Mobile World Congress in February?

Sony Ericsson working on a Windows Phone smartphones 

The unknown prototype is labeled with the Sony Ericsson brand name, but the name change to Sony is just a few days ahead. Regulatory approval from EU will take place on February 2nd. Sony is currently only making smartphones running on the Android OS, but by looking at the leaked images, the company is obviously looking into doing a Windows Phone smartphone as well. All the big players such as HTC, LG, Samsung, ZTE and Nokia have a handful of handsets running the latest mobile OS from Microsoft.

Sony is one of the few companies which has not announced that they are working on a Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone. This could changed soon, and the Mobile World Congress which takes place in the end of February could be the place to announce one or two Sony smartphones running on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

When the news broke in October last year that Sony would buy Ericssons half of Sony Ericsson, Sony CEO Howard String told the press that they are phasing out feature phones. The number of phones running on Sony Ericssons proprietary software is almost reduced to zero by now. As far as we know, only the Vivaz, Elm and Cedar are available in some stores. Android is currently the platform of choice but Sony could be considering another OS such as Windows Phone as well.

 

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Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
I knew they would
shafiq041628 years, 8 months ago
this is really very bad that sony is ending the old proprietary softwere like used in sony ericsson elm w995 etc. i am using sony ericssin since it has started k500. after this i used every set of it not the stupid beg xperia series. i hate touch screen phones. and like me most of the people like simple sets in developing countries. i am in pakistan and here despite of a lot of qualities of the xperia therer is limited use of it. for eg here is no gps no traking system so any one will be very stupid to keep such beg set in pockets and u can not write on touch screen when in cars.sony ericsson has made business n mobiles like w800 w 810 k750 bcz they were simple and easy to keep in pocket light weight. but the fall of the sony ericsson is bcz of its policies maker. they have keep the most stupid people who are not even able to make policies that what type of mobile people will like. nodoubt people like touch screen but still alot of people want simple mobiles like k 850 w995.like nokia is making touch screen they are making simple mobile. although they are little behind in high end touch screen from htc or iphone but they have keep its clints by bringing out the sets like prevoius. nokia has not killed the symbian system they have made changes in it for the easity of users.
in short sony is making another blunder. and soon they will realize.
i have sent many emails to sony ericsson but that have replied wrongly. so plz any one reading this, plz forward my message to Sony CEO Howard String.

dr shafiq ur rahman
shafiq04162@gmail.com
hihihans8 years, 8 months ago
Sure, they test every OS.
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago

On 2012-01-17 13:28:01, shafiq04162 wrote:
this is really very bad that sony is ending the old proprietary softwere like used in sony ericsson elm w995 etc. i am using sony ericssin since it has started k500. after this i used every set of it not the stupid beg xperia series. i hate touch screen phones. and like me most of the people like simple sets in developing countries. i am in pakistan and here despite of a lot of qualities of the xperia therer is limited use of it. for eg here is no gps no traking system so any one will be very stupid to keep such beg set in pockets and u can not write on touch screen when in cars.sony ericsson has made business n mobiles like w800 w 810 k750 bcz they were simple and easy to keep in pocket light weight. but the fall of the sony ericsson is bcz of its policies maker. they have keep the most stupid people who are not even able to make policies that what type of mobile people will like. nodoubt people like touch screen but still alot of people want simple mobiles like k 850 w995.like nokia is making touch screen they are making simple mobile. although they are little behind in high end touch screen from htc or iphone but they have keep its clints by bringing out the sets like prevoius. nokia has not killed the symbian system they have made changes in it for the easity of users.
in short sony is making another blunder. and soon they will realize.
i have sent many emails to sony ericsson but that have replied wrongly. so plz any one reading this, plz forward my message to Sony CEO Howard String.

dr shafiq ur rahman
shafiq04162@gmail.com

I doubt they will listen & no they are not making a blunder.
Run_dawn108 years, 8 months ago

On 2012-01-17 13:28:01, shafiq04162 wrote:
this is really very bad that sony is ending the old proprietary softwere like used in sony ericsson elm w995 etc. i am using sony ericssin since it has started k500. after this i used every set of it not the stupid beg xperia series. i hate touch screen phones. and like me most of the people like simple sets in developing countries. i am in pakistan and here despite of a lot of qualities of the xperia therer is limited use of it. for eg here is no gps no traking system so any one will be very stupid to keep such beg set in pockets and u can not write on touch screen when in cars.sony ericsson has made business n mobiles like w800 w 810 k750 bcz they were simple and easy to keep in pocket light weight. but the fall of the sony ericsson is bcz of its policies maker. they have keep the most stupid people who are not even able to make policies that what type of mobile people will like. nodoubt people like touch screen but still alot of people want simple mobiles like k 850 w995.like nokia is making touch screen they are making simple mobile. although they are little behind in high end touch screen from htc or iphone but they have keep its clints by bringing out the sets like prevoius. nokia has not killed the symbian system they have made changes in it for the easity of users.
in short sony is making another blunder. and soon they will realize.
i have sent many emails to sony ericsson but that have replied wrongly. so plz any one reading this, plz forward my message to Sony CEO Howard String.

dr shafiq ur rahman
shafiq04162@gmail.com
Well, that's how technology moves forward.
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
Indeed there is still plenty of phones with qwerty keyboards if you hate touch screen.
hihihans8 years, 8 months ago
forward is not always better. SE OS could do almost anything. It's a shame that it's gone but so is SE.
I found the amazing simplicity back in Mango but I doubt I'll trade my Lumia for a Sony.
tranced8 years, 8 months ago
Actually Sony will try this OS in order to keep. or gain clients. As HTC, Nokia and others are into this, why not Sony?
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
Indeed. I love the OS as I now have a Lumia & the more people who try it will love it. Although I may again buy an older phone for nostalgic reasons New Sony logo
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[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2012-01-17 21:54 ]
Marly8 years, 8 months ago

On 2012-01-17 22:38:00, hihihans wrote:
forward is not always better. SE OS could do almost anything. It's a shame that it's gone but so is SE.

I found the amazing simplicity back in Mango but I doubt I'll trade my Lumia for a Sony.

SE's non-smartphone OS was great, simple and "smart", it was the most userfriendly UI of all well-known brands.
It's a shame they don't use it anymore. I know, in Western Europe, the US and Japan "everybody" wants a smartphone, but the world is bigger, then Western Europe, US and Japan. We're used to getting a phone for "free" with a contract, but there are still more countries, where you simply have to pay the complete amount at once, not in 12 or 24 months. Without these subsidised contracts you wouldn't see so many 14 year-olds with an iPhone, Sensation, Galaxy SII (or another expensive smartphone) here either .
In countries without these kind of contracts, people don't automatically buy a smartphone. Most of them use cheap Nokias, Samsungs, LG's, etc. Of course profit on these phones is very low, but they sell in huge amounts.
So I don't think it was smart of Sony, to let go of these millions of potential customers.
[ This Message was edited by: Marly on 2012-01-17 22:27 ]
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
Nokia is still using it's S40 handsets but there is zero multi tasking on them which feature phones could do.
Marly8 years, 8 months ago
My point exactly: Nokia's S40 isn't as "smart" as SE's own UI, Samsung's non-smart OS is even worse, still: Nokia and Samsung are selling millions of these simple phones, Sony is going to stop.
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
Nokia recently bought out a OS from Norway or something so Laffen reported. I think it will be for their future feature phones.
Run_dawn108 years, 8 months ago

On 2012-01-17 23:24:43, Bonovox wrote:
Nokia is still using it's S40 handsets but there is zero multi tasking on them which feature phones could do.
I agree.
Sony Ericssons will always be my preferred brand for feature phones. Excellent camera and media features that even rival some smartphones.
shafiq041628 years, 8 months ago
this is fact that we have to pay the whole money on the spot to buy mobile. as the rates of most of the touch screen mobiles are high as compared to simple sets so most of the people in developing countries goes for the simple sets. second major problem is the security reasons in developing countries. my two mobiles has been gone one k850 taken by gun point and the other w995 stolen from my room in hstil. so mostly people try to buy cheap set. yet people like qualities. the sony ericsson sets like w995 k850 k810 w810 attracted costomers by qualities yet possessing low price.
second thing is that most of the people have a very hard life so dont have much time to make use of all the qualities of sets. when i just get exausted i just listen songs for a while and some time i need camera. i dont use mobile for games or any thing els. i think the sony ericsson music was the sofest in all the mobile compititors even better than apple iphone specially w995 with equlizer (clear bass soul easy). so thats why i like sony ericsson. now as the company is only sony so they should really think hard by ending such sets.

i have also used sony ericsson g900. its good but slow. if sony still want end sets with old operating system then they should made g900 like sets with both touch screen and key board running on android system. but they should keep other qualities like at least 8 or 12 mega camera and both xenon flash and led flash that also works as a light bcz we need it more.
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
Gotta be realistic mate it won't happen
Run_dawn108 years, 8 months ago

On 2012-01-18 11:42:32, shafiq04162 wrote:
this is fact that we have to pay the whole money on the spot to buy mobile. as the rates of most of the touch screen mobiles are high as compared to simple sets so most of the people in developing countries goes for the simple sets. second major problem is the security reasons in developing countries. my two mobiles has been gone one k850 taken by gun point and the other w995 stolen from my room in hstil. so mostly people try to buy cheap set. yet people like qualities. the sony ericsson sets like w995 k850 k810 w810 attracted costomers by qualities yet possessing low price.
second thing is that most of the people have a very hard life so dont have much time to make use of all the qualities of sets. when i just get exausted i just listen songs for a while and some time i need camera. i dont use mobile for games or any thing els. i think the sony ericsson music was the sofest in all the mobile compititors even better than apple iphone specially w995 with equlizer (clear bass soul easy). so thats why i like sony ericsson. now as the company is only sony so they should really think hard by ending such sets.

i have also used sony ericsson g900. its good but slow. if sony still want end sets with old operating system then they should made g900 like sets with both touch screen and key board running on android system. but they should keep other qualities like at least 8 or 12 mega camera and both xenon flash and led flash that also works as a light bcz we need it more.
Actually, I see more and more people with smartphones nowadays. To some, they are now more of a necessity than a luxury.
Nokia still makes budget phones for those who only need to call and text. Actually, many can do more than that.
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
Well,Nokia has some new Symbian Belle smart phones for just over a 100 with a 1 gig processor(Nokia 500) & that does more than enough tasks smart phone wise & can do as much as an Android phone for instance at a budget price with still decent spec & reliability. Symbian Belle is very good. There are even Gingerbread Huawei Android phones here The Blaze for 60 which is nuts & got good reviews too. Who really needs the feature phones now?? Sony Ericsson ones were great but it is time to move on. And if you don't like touch screens there is still some decent keypad phones out there,Blackberry & even other brands copying Blackberries. Nokia is great to me at all ends with budget to top of the range. A member of Esato told me his dad who is in his 70's got himself a Samsung Galaxy S2!! What does that tell you?? I for one love my all in one device I can be anywhere & do anything. The future is smart. Even I hated touch screen at first but it's much much better for browsing the web with. Anyway I am rambling now
Marly8 years, 8 months ago

On 2012-01-18 16:25:36, Bonovox wrote:
Well,Nokia has some new Symbian Belle smart phones for just over a 100 with a 1 gig processor(Nokia 500) & that does more than enough tasks smart phone wise & can do as much as an Android phone for instance at a budget price with still decent spec & reliability.

True, these phones are great value for money, but keep in mind, that many people in developing countries would be very happy to earn 100 a month, they can't spend that on a phone, and they still would have to buy a simcard with mins and texts.
Also you mustn't think of ceaser and his K850i, when thinking about phones in countries like India (ceaser has his own business and the K850i was a high-end phone, when it was new), think of the working class, small farmers, people without a regular job, etc. They can't afford a 100 phone, they need one for less than 50, simple and reliable, for calls and texts only, they don't need easy internet access, they can't afford it anyways. In countries like India, China, Pakistan (where shafiq04162 is from, afaik) and lots of others, also in Africa and South-America, many remote villages don't even have access to the landline, as it's too expensive. So the villagers didn't have any phone at all, before there were mobiles. Putting up some GSM-Masts is relatively cheap, and now even the most remote villages can have access to the modern world. Instead of walking to the doctor's when their child is ill, they can call him and so gain valuable time. They can call their boss, when they're sick and can't come to work. When they don't work regularly, they can get a call, when there's work for them. We here in Europa think this is normal and we can't imagine anymore, how important this is. These cheap little phones for the masses, like Nokias 1-series, are soooo much more important to the economy of developing countries, than the iPhones and Galaxys of few members of the rich class.
So when a brand, like Sony, doesn't offer these cheap phones anymore, those people won't buy a more expensive one from this brand, they'll switch to another brand. There are still enough large and well-known brands more than happy to sell these cheap phones with low profit: Nokia, Samsung, LG, ZTE and Huawei, etc.
[ This Message was edited by: Marly on 2012-01-18 20:04 ]
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
You see this phone is 60 here
http://www.phones4u.co.uk/sho[....]mkey=564171&intcid=payg-hot-p5
Android Gingerbread & HVGA display for that price is a steal
Marly8 years, 8 months ago
Nice price indeed, but I don't think, people in Asia or Africa can order a PAYG phone from Phones4u in the UK
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
No I was just stating how cheap these decent phones can be
Marly8 years, 8 months ago
It has no 3G though, this means slow internet and WiFi isn't available everywhere, so no wonder it's cheap, plus you'd have to pay 10 top up.
Last year's Orange San Francisco (ZTE) was a much better offer.
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
Yes it does
http://www.phonesreview.co.uk[....]-specs-release-with-phones-4u/
There is also this from T Mobile really good value with 800x480 display,800mhz processor & 512 ram made by ZTE
http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/sho[....]/t-mobile-vivacity-black-payg/
[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2012-01-18 20:49 ]
Marly8 years, 8 months ago

On 2012-01-18 21:46:19, Bonovox wrote:
Yes it does
http://www.phonesreview.co.uk[....]-specs-release-with-phones-4u/

Yeah, I see, didn't know that (never bothered with Chinese phones tbh), but on their PAYG page it only says GPRS ?
Must be a mistake then, but this isn't about Chinese phones, so it's going way too off-topic anyways
Bonovox8 years, 8 months ago
I know we are way off topic

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