First Nokia Windows Phone to arrive in the next twelve months



Consumers should expect to see the first Nokia-branded Windows Phone by the first quarter of 2012, according to the managing director of the mobile maker's Indian arm.

In a story by Mumbai-based Daily News & Analysis, spotted by Boy Genius Report, D Shivakumar said the first Nokia Windows Phone would launch in roughly 12 months.

Mr Shivakumar gave a similarly vague timeline to The Economic Times saying a Nokia Windows Phone would appear ''sometime in the next 12 months''.

He reiterated a position given in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing that Nokia would transition its primary smartphone platform from its Symbian OS to the Windows Phone OS within around two years.

In what appear to be fairly contradictory statements, Mr Shivakumar said Nokia would phase out Symbian during that two year period, but later denied that the company was abandoning Symbian, saying it remained a ''great product''.

He told Daily News & Analysis Nokia plans to launch around 50 new phone models in 2011, including around 20 smartphones built on Symbian. He suggested Symbian-based smartphones would continue to be vital in emerging markets such as India, where Nokia plans to connect ''the next billion'' to the internet.

''So we will have significant innovations in browser and form factor among other new things, because in India people will connect to the Internet more on the mobile phone than on the personal computer,'' he said.

Following Mr Shivakumar's comments, Nokia's strategy for capturing the low-cost smartphone market appears fairly unclear - Symbian would seem to be the company's best option for such devices at this point, with Microsoft targeting the Windows Phone platform at the higher-end smartphone market. What the company plans to do with Symbian out of the picture is unknown.

Of course, two years is a long time in the mobile game, and what the market will look like once it comes time to call curtains on the Symbian platform is anyone's guess.

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I'm hoping the nokia will come with a dual core snapdragon flavour seeing with an updated gfx unit onboard, if ms can configure the os for multiple cores which shouldn't be hard for them. If anyone mentions anything about power the dual cores are equal or slightly less power consumption than current snapdragons. Hopefully that should kill the iPhone 5's possible A5 chip. Then I'll be going wp7 seeing as the timeline for the dual cores release is slated around end of 2011 (I think) it's a valid assumption

This is a shame. I was really hoping Nokia would have a phone coming out sooner, but I guess I'll have to wait. I won't be able to upgrade to it though, as by then I'll have another phone (Hopefully when WP7 finally comes to Verizon).

Well that makes me happy then! I'll have a year to enjoy my 'low quality' (when compared to Nokia) HTC HD7 before my hands can grab a real iPhone-killer The bad thing though is that there will probably be people who won't switch to WP7 till Nokia releases its phones.

Well, there's a Microsoft guy at the helm now. That explains it. The MS way, agile like a gazelle, or whatever that animal with the large grey trunk's called.

Superluminal said,
Well, there's a Microsoft guy at the helm now. That explains it. The MS way, agile like a gazelle, or whatever that animal with the large grey trunk's called.

LOL!

Well, in fairness to Microsoft, they are doing better in recent years than they have previously. Whatever changes they've made to be able to move a company that size the way they are now is clearly on the right track...

I'm sure they could fire out a few this year but probably a fear of being sub par out of the gates. I think they need to be spectacular to grab attention from everyone. Be the iPhone of the Windows Phone 7 series. Get the hype and must have rush that cements the platform in the masses psyche.

There are alot of brains on both sides collaborating with each others intellectual property here, which could prove them to be supreme. Nokia is more then capable of producing a punch when it comes to design and hardware, history shows this. Microsoft, the software behemoth, also has a history,large community, cash and influential power, to push further then anyone else. What people forget here, is the current market presence of both entities combined, is far bigger then anyone else. And in saying that, the combined resources and marketing power of both companies is hard to ignore.

I'm sure that the Windows Platform will go through some significant changes in that period, which can only benefit Nokia when they release their first Windows based phone.

I'm sure everyone agree's, that lets hope they get it right.. which only benefits us.. the end user!

In the same time it takes nokia to release an unrevolutioning windows phone; apple could release at least three revolutioning, and possibly magic, devices.

cfew said,
In the same time it takes nokia to release an unrevolutioning windows phone; apple could release at least three revolutioning, and possibly magic, devices.

Revolutioning? Did Apple "magic" create that word too?

the better twin said,

Revolutioning? Did Apple "magic" create that word too?

lol! No they arent that creative, ill take the credit for that one.

How long does it take to load a different OS on an E7... at most add different processor and bit more ram then load it up... rest of the device is good to go.

certainly times ticking away before they're going to left in the dust in hardware and OS area if they can't get device with up to date hardware and features and microsoft can't get their needed updates out on time.

Digitalx said,
How long does it take to load a different OS on an E7... at most add different processor and bit more ram then load it up... rest of the device is good to go.

certainly times ticking away before they're going to left in the dust in hardware and OS area if they can't get device with up to date hardware and features and microsoft can't get their needed updates out on time.

Well whatever Nokia does aside I still think we'll get a new round of phones with WP7.5 from the other OEMs.

GP007 said,

Well whatever Nokia does aside I still think we'll get a new round of phones with WP7.5 from the other OEMs.

Well I haven't seen anything on new devices but certainly gotta get some going with next gen android devices coming around and stuff.

Wow..12 month is quite a long time. I hope there isn't anything revolutionary around that time (which mostly it will, considering Apple releasing a new iPhone update around July)

:: Lyon :: said,
Wow..12 month is quite a long time. I hope there isn't anything revolutionary around that time (which mostly it will, considering Apple releasing a new iPhone update around July)

That Apple and iPhone part... Revolutionary?

Considering the deal isn't even completely done yet I don't really find this surprising, but hopefully we'll get to see some previews of the device this year (seeing as I tend to buy news phones around November - December, would be nice to know what they have coming out)

This is what Nokia said originally when they first announced the partnership. They originally said they "hoped" they could release a phone by end of 2011 but if not then early 2012.

I doubt it, maybe for a release in India ya, but I fully expect a Nokia WP7 device for holiday 2011 along with new phones from Samsung, HTC and LG as well that all use the big Manga 7.5 update.

GP007 said,
I doubt it, maybe for a release in India ya, but I fully expect a Nokia WP7 device for holiday 2011 along with new phones from Samsung, HTC and LG as well that all use the big Manga 7.5 update.

I mean Mango*, lol, was reading manga before this sorry.

GP007 said,

I mean Mango*, lol, was reading manga before this sorry.

Lol! When I read your first comment, I though it was deliberate and I was trying to form the witty / sarcastic correlation between Manga and Mango. :-) Then read your comment below that.

But, I agree. I think when he said sometime in the next 12 months, he didn't necessarily mean *after* 12 months. I think he was just hinting at the later part of the year - possibly the holiday season, without committing on actual dates.

Suave Sagittarian said,

Lol! When I read your first comment, I though it was deliberate and I was trying to form the witty / sarcastic correlation between Manga and Mango. :-) Then read your comment below that.

But, I agree. I think when he said sometime in the next 12 months, he didn't necessarily mean *after* 12 months. I think he was just hinting at the later part of the year - possibly the holiday season, without committing on actual dates.


In native Indian languages, Mango is know as Manga, so he wasn't off by much!