Over at Nokia Conversations, Nokia made their own little announcement alongside the Microsoft event today. The official Nokia blog posted information shortly after the Microsoft announcement earlier today, specifically concerning future devices. The post contains already known information about more features coming with Mango, as shown in the event keynote, but more interesting to us are the opening and closing statements. We have both snippets for you below.
Today Microsoft has announced the key new ingredients of the latest ‘Mango’ release of the Windows Phone operating system. This is the software that will be used on the first Nokia with Windows Phone devices, and so should be of keen interest to Nokia-watchers everywhere.
“We are very excited about our strategic partnership with Microsoft, and Mango is a great milestone for the first Nokia with Windows Phone devices,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president for Smart Devices, Nokia. “We believe Mango offers developers opportunities to create new mobile experiences leveraging both companies complementary assets while providing consumers with a new choice in mobile.”
First, Nokia will be releasing several (not just one!) devices later this year, all with Mango installed and ready to go. Second, Nokia mentions leveraging both company assets to create new mobile experiences. Microsoft has already mentioned around the Internet that Nokia will in fact add some of their own unique OS features and applications to the Windows Phone OS. Now, don’t just assume this will be a typical Samsung Hub or HTC Hub style integration, we can expect more. With plenty of beautiful Symbian/Windows Phone design concepts floating around the net and Nokia still organizing their departments, we can definitely expect they are up to something real good.
What software/hardware features would you want from Nokia to come to a new Windows Phone later this year? Let us know in the comments.