First device from the Nokia-Microsoft partnership to arrive “sometime in the next 12 months”.
In an interview with Daily News & Analysis, managing director of Nokia India, D. Shivakumar said that a Windows Phone-based Nokia smartphone is imminent within the next 12 months. He also have a similar timeline to The Economic Times.
The timeframe aligns with a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing from Nokia which said the company would transit from Symbian as its primary platform to Windows Phone OS in the next two years.
However, Shivakumar wasn’t clear if the release window was an international one or specifically for India.
He also told Daily News that Nokia would continue to capitalize on Symbian in the Indian market, saying the company plans to release at least 20 new Symbian devices along with 30 additional smartphones.
”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.
His statement actually blurs the line of strategy Nokia plans to wield. If Nokia continues to produce Symbian for its largest markets, what will be their course of action be when phase the OS out completely?