Microsoft Phones Up Sony, ZTE For Mobile Boost

Microsoft Phones Up Sony, ZTE For Mobile Boost
Kārlis Dambrāns

Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system has struggled to make gains against Google and Apple. But it may soon get a shot in the arm from an old partner and rival: Sony.

Sony, whose mobile unit has exclusively made smartphones powered by Google’s Android software for nearly four years, has considered launching a Windows phone as soon as mid-2014, according to a person who was involved in the talks and a person briefed about the device.

The talks come as Microsoft is making new moves to attract other partners such as China-based ZTE. It has boosted incentives for potential Windows Phone handset makers, including slashing the software licensing fees it would charge them.

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