Here at Barcelona we have heard from the horse’s mouth that the first Nokia handset based on Windows Phone 7 is set to be launched within the year!
At the first press conference of MWC, Nokia chief executive (CEO) Stephen Elop took to the stage to give more details on his company’s tie up with Microsoft.
However, the more exciting news came from the new senior vice president (SVP) of smart devices, Jo Harlow, who confirmed the first handset would be launched in 2011.
“We have had teams working together… to solidify the timing of the first Windows Phone product,” she said, “but my boss has told me that he would be much happier if that was in 2011… Boss, I aim to please.”
The newly appointed SVP had some comfort for Symbian fans too. She said a “significant short term investment” would be made into the platform in the coming months, with a revamp of the user interface and improvements in graphics being made available on new devices and through software updates”.
In answer to the question that’s been on many of our lips – Nokia also admitted that they rejected Android in favour of Windows Phone 7 to prevent a duopoly.