It may come as a surprise to learn that Sony Ericsson has Windows Phone 7 firmly in its upcoming plans, despite annoucing that it would originally develop smartphones running the new Microsoft mobile operating system before launch.
Many OEM’s have firmly fallen off the Windows Phone 7 wagon, deciding to concentrate on the Android operating system or spend time developing their own. HP, for example, initially committed to delivering Windows Phone 7 handsets before withdrawing its support to develop its own WebOS enabled devices.
Sony Ericsson’s new CTO, Jan Uddenfeldt, spoke with Swedish outlet NyTeknik declared the company would still be committing its resources to Android but also that Windows Phone 7 was still on its roadmap:
“Android is definitely our focus, but we have not given up on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system, although it had a bit slow to take off. But Windows 7 Phone is on the roadmap. However, we have at present no plans for new products with Symbian.”
It appears Uddenfeldt has the US market in mind, continuing pushing the popular Android operating system to consumers by also banking on the success of Windows Phone 7. Symbian gets the axe, now a common move for manufacturers looking to crack the North American markets.