Nokia CEO debunks rumors about a Samsung bid, says Ovi Maps is coming to Samsung's WP7 gear
Speaking to attendees at the Open Mobile Summit in London, Stephen Elop also said that if it wasn't for Apple Google wouldn't have created Android, and that Nokia and Microsoft are firmly committed to create the third ecosystem. According to him, the Nokia Windows Phone venture will bode well with the carriers, who are already weary about the iOS-Android duo usurping their smartphone portfolios.
He dropped another interesting tidbit - when asked directly if Nokia's thorough support for the Windows Phone ecosystem would mean that some of its unique services, like offline voice-guided navigation with Ovi Maps will be available to other Windows Phone manufacturers like Samsung, he said:
“Absolutely, I sure hope so, that’s very much the intent. It’s about the Windows Phone eco-system, heavily contributed to by Microsoft, by Nokia and others.”
If Google manages to grace Google Maps with free offline navigational capabilities this summer, the added value of Nokia's Ovi Maps will be diminished, but it will still be a great addition to the Windows Phone platform, should you decide to go with it.