If you thought Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phone-powered handsets were being beaten to the punch by rival manufacturers, Nokia might just be back in the game. According to the Finnish phone manufacturer’s head honcho, Stephen Elop, their Windows Phone-powered smartphones will be coming before the end of the year.
In an interview with a publication in China, Elop promised that Nokia’s Windows Phone-powered handset “will be in the market in the world in Q4.” He added that the smartphones will be released “in one country after another after another over time.” The CEO travelled to China to discuss the best timing for the phone’s release in China. Although a UK release date was not disclosed, from the CEO’s comments, you will get your hands on Nokia’s first Windows Phone handsets before the end of the year.
Elop said, “We believe it [Windows Phone handset] will be very successful because of the unique capabilities we are bringing from Nokia, the quality of the design, the strength of our organization, including here in China, so we’re very excited about some aggressive sales targets for these products.”
The Nokia CEO also shared his thoughts about Google acquiring Motorola. He said the acquisition is an “interesting change in the environment.” He adds that “it’s very uncertain at this point, and clearly it creates a great deal of uncertainty for the Android ecosystem that I’m sure is of great concern to many of the Android participants.” Well, of course he would say something like this. After all, Nokia is falling behind the iOS and Android.
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