Expect first WP-powered Nokia handsets one year from now

Expect first WP-powered Nokia handsets one year from now
Nokia's managing director in India, D. Shivakumar, says we are to see the first WP-powered Nokia handsets a year from now.

Prior to this official info, there were reports that these phones will reach the end consumer "after October 2011", but before the end of this year. However, sources say Microsoft needs to release its Mango update, which rumours claim is to be delayed, in order to pave the way for the first Nokia handsets running MS' mobile OS.

In the same interview, D. Shivakumar defended Nokia's decision to adopt Windows Phone:

"We took the decision after looking at that operating system [Windows Mobile 7]. It’s a good operating system."

Moreover, he claims it's a win-win situation for both companies:

"Microsoft has been looking for a strong hardware partner, but they have been on phones [platforms] which has not given them that strength. With Nokia, suddenly the scales are huge. So, for the first time in many a markets, people will get used to a Windows Mobile phone thanks to the Nokia tie-up."

Nokia's MD in India went on to say that Nokia will benefit from Windows Phone's strong points - like the tight Facebook integration, the Bing search engine and the games it offers.

source: DNAIndia via Electronista

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12 Comments

1. ObiWanSymbian unregistered

Tight facebook integration? Like there was no possibility of integrating a FB client into the portfolio of Symbian? I'm not a smart guy, but... I'm not buying this.

2. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

We wouldn't expect you to. Your name clearly shows your bias towards symbian.

12. ObiWanSymbian unregistered

Right... I'm biased... like hell. Just because I'm happy with my OS... So sad of me, that I would not fall in love with the green dust bin. The question remains - was it really THAT challenging for Nokia guys or a group of subcontracted developers to deliver a good FB application? Being fully aware of the OS's drawbacks, I remain Symbianly yours...

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Actually, I don't totally disagree with ObiWanSymbian (by far the winner of the best screen name of the week, by the way) on this one- what they could have done with their OS if they wanted to shouldn't be a matter of debate. All the things they are planning to do with Windows COULD have been accomplished on Symbian. But, Nokia would have had to shoulder the entire process themselves. The whole idea here was to accomplish whatever future vision Nokia has, while sharing the commitment of money and resources with Microsoft. I actually hope they do not totally abandon Symbian. I have never played with a device that has it, but it would be a shame to see it fall off the Earth completely considering how successful of an OS it has been.

3. Preetam unregistered

One year? Holy cows, thats such a short time to wait I should start saving(sarcasm). This is epic FAIL!

8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

not really... apple and iphone took 3-4 years to develop and it seems like nokia is changing the os with microsoft to more fit them...

9. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oops i meant iphone and android since they both started developing at the same time...

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

One year is some serous time... something good has to come

5. ryq unregistered

one year is too long. by the time the phone comes out, android would already have replacie their gingerbread and apple will probably be announcing the new iphone 8. nokia is really in deep shit!

6. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

No, they are perfectly fine. All they have to do is release one phone, that has a rear camera that takes pictures like a Canon and takes Real HD video, a 8megapixel front facing camera also with HD recording, Battery that lasts a week with heavy use, a 3GHZ quad core chip, a 4 inch Display that tops every other kind of display, a 5 row sliding QWERTY with tilt, REAL stereo sound, Kickstand, Super Solid construction, REAL 4g Speeds (100 mbps downloads), Be able to run on ALL carriers, Look SEXY and be super thin. In other words, it just has to be the BEST!

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

It is a win win situation... Only if this year is redeemed by a solid device. I would like to see a WP7 device as soon as the next person does; but patience is virtue I guess. Hope they don't dig themselves in a bigger hole - competition will not be sitting still.

10. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I agree with Schmao- when you release your first phone, it has to be a complete success. Nokia, from what I understand, has a repetition for good quality, mid to low range models with Symbian in the markets they have owned up until last year. These phones running WP7 (or whatever windows we are on by then) can be released on the heals of what better be the premium offering that gets everyone excited- or at least quiets the critics. There seems to be more skeptics to this marriage of Nokia and Microsoft then fans. Get people excited- releasing a phone like Schmao described would get your devices the platform they need to earn the consumers trust in the new markets they do not sell well in, while they begin turning out the (hopefully) high quality mid to low range devices to maintain a good portion of the markets they have always sold well in. If they start with lower end devices, how hard will it be for the publicity machines of Apple, Motorola, HTC, and Samsung to keep Nokia and Microsoft buried? I am hoping they knock it out of the park- competition is fun, adds to our choices, and makes for more fun threads on web sites!!!

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