Sony is considering launching a Windows Phone as early as mid-2014, according to The Information. It would add another big name to making Windows Phones and end Sony's long-time focus on only Android.

An official deal hasn't been announced, but both Sony and Microsoft are said to have held a slew of discussions. Sony is said to have gone as far as making a prototype device. Unfortunately, specifications or designs for the device haven't been uncovered as of yet.

It's not clear if Sony will take Microsoft's Windows Phone software at face value, or add custom software on top like it does with Android. Sony's success in the Android smartphone market has steadily been rising, thanks to a focus on Asian and European markets, and leaving US for later. Microsoft surely wants to capitalise on the market share. 

Microsoft's buyout of Nokia, the backbone of Windows Phone, in the first part of 2014 apparently hasn't deterred Sony from moving past Android. And it really shouldn't either, as Microsoft has made a commitment to keep licensing Windows Phone to any manufacturer that wants to use it - playing fair and not holding out for just Nokia.

It's not clear when a deal with Microsoft and Sony may be announced, if ever. It could be seen as a healthy move for the Windows Phone market, giving customers choice past the Nokia Lumia line. Besides Sony, The Information reports Microsoft has also held discussions with ZTE to produce low-end Windows Phone devices in the US, China, and Europe. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.