Sony releases an app for Windows Phone…to get you to switch to Xperia with Android
Is Sony making a Windows Phone? The rumor started to get serious way back in December 2013, although, since then, nothing substantive has come about, suggesting either the info was bogus or talks fell through. Indeed, Sony has spun off their PC business recently, suggesting a cooling with Microsoft in general, (and forfeiting any future tie-in).
Now, Sony has an app for Windows Phone but before you get too excited, it appears to be nefarious tool to get you to switch from Windows Phone to Xperia with Android. The app is dubbed Xperia™ Transfer Mobile and it is part of Sony's program to ease those coming from iOS, BlackBerry, and now Windows Phone onto a new Xperia with Android.
The app lets users of a new Xperia device sync their contacts, including selecting individual bits of information, from their current Windows Phone. From the app description:
Indeed, Sony even has a handy YouTube video demonstrating how the app works and they have a website setup for Windows Phone users.
As far as we can tell, there is no evidence to suggest that a Sony Xperia device is in the works for Windows Phone. In fact, throughout the app it explicitly avoids conflating Windows Phone with 'a Xperia device'. Furthermore, since Windows Phone already can transfer everything to a new Windows Phone, this app would be redundant, unless Sony had some proprietary Contacts system, which seems unlikely.
For those thinking this is weird, just remember, Microsoft does not block apps on the Store just because it may work against their interests. Technically, this transfer app does not violate the Store's Terms of Service (ToS), and Microsoft would have little ground to reject it – they are not Apple, after all.
Regardless, if you want to peep the app, or maybe even you are switching from Windows Phone, you can grab the app below with the Store link.
Thanks, Ismail B., for the tip!
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If the people are switching from Sony -> Windows
then this App should have NEGATIVE ratings!
You should report it "FAKE!"
But guess which one is my favourite!? NOKIA... NOW MICROSOFT!
I have no problem with Sony. What I hate is google, and android...
If there was a movie to be made on it, ios and windows would be the good guys, with google android being the villain and murderers, and blackberry would have been one of the murdered victims. XD Anyways, I am not gonna use that app. Perhaps never ever in may life. I will never leave windows. Or Microsoft. (coz Microsoft is my new nokia.)
The only Samsung phone money can buy is sold only on Verizon US.
No good if you live in another continent
Same here L930 slick n fast
Sorry, but Microsoft needs to up their game with competitors like that around.
The Lagdroid thing is just silly because WP is suffering a little from the same issues.
Plus, it just sounds moronic. (same goes for 'iSheep' and all the other stupid fan boy words).
We all just need to recognize that there are merits to all the OS's. Blind faith just glosses over the fact that Microsoft has plenty of issues of their own to deal with when it comes to WP.
The solution. Is easy just turn on kids corner and then turn it off , easy
Microsoft really needs to up the rate of OS development...
There is no real excuse. Microsoft needs to feature match across the board (we are a distant third after all...).
I love my 1020, and I like Windows Phone. But I do need it to move at a faster pace.
I'll await your analysis (sometime) in 2015!
Writing in the manner you did suggests that Windows 10 is actually on a consumer phone somewhere....when it isn't.
As such, until Windows 10 arrives, this OS will still lag the features that have existed for nigh on a decade on Symbian/Windows Mobile.
I know you will defend this OS to the hilt. But if this OS is to succeed, it can't be on the basis of never ending future promises.
Who knows maybe they'll swing a few over to Android.
God knows MS cant think up anything better.
Somebody make a "how to make a windows phone device" app and install on Sony devices
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Best camera? Seriously POS. And that screen? Laughable.
And that service? Not one more time, never...
1. Playstation (obvious missing app is obvious)
2. TV SideView (for connecting to a current model Sony TV - like my KDL55W800B - and using your phone as a remote)
Their build quality is good.