In an interview with DNA India, Nokia’s Indian head D Shivakumar gave out some some interesting tidbits about the Nokia’s WP7 phones. It appears that we won’t be seeing any of the phones until “roughly 12 months from now.” However, we believe that DNA India has changed the article significantly from when it first went to press. Early notes on the piece include the quote:
Its [new] operating system has links to it [Facebook].. It has a range of services which complement Nokia services — they have Bing [search], Zune [music] and games,” the India MD said. Meanwhile, Nokia will launch around 40-50 new phone models in 2011, including around 20 smartphones built on Symbian, he added.
Where now the article says:
“Its [new] operating system has links to it [Facebook].. It has a range of services which complement Nokia services — they have Bing [search], Zune [music] and games,” the India MD said. Asked how many new smartphones can be expected from Nokia this year, Shivakumar said the firm “usually launches around 40-45″ models a year. Up to half of them could be smarphones, he added.
At this juncture, I’m thinking the 20-30 WP7 models is possible, but we’ll see what happens. Shivakumar claims 40-45 phones a year, of which half are smartphones. If they completely abandon Symbian next year, maybe we’ll see that many WP7 (or WP8!) phones from them, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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