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Sony Ericsson Not Ruling Out Windows Phones

10/14/2011 03:57:57 PM Eastern

London - Cellphone maker Sony Ericsson
hasn't closed the door on making Windows Phone smartphones, and it plans to
expand PlayStation certification to more phones, Sony Ericsson president/CEO
Bert Nordberg said.

"For the moment, we see Android
as a better choice for us," Nordberg said in a conference call following the
release of the company's third-quarter financial statement. But he added, "We
have not closed the door [on Windows Phones]." In fact, he said, "we have seen
some tablet version of Windows 8, and it looks interesting."

For now, however, Windows Phone
needs some improvements in "a number of services and applications," he said.

As for sales of the company's
PlayStation-certified Xperia Play gaming phone in the U.S., Nordberg said the
company's partnership with Verizon Wireless "is going very well," as are sales
through AT&T, which recently brought on the Xperia Play.

Sony Ericsson will expand its
selection of PlayStation-certified phones, Nordberg added, but he declined to
offer details.

The expansion is part of the
company's effort to transition completely out of feature phones and offer only
smartphones sometime in 2012.