Nokia ‘could make Windows 7 phone’
Embattled mobile phone maker Nokia could produce a handset for Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system, sources say
Mobile phone maker Nokia could adopt Windows Phone 7 as a new platform, in addition to its current use of Symbian, according to website VentureBeat.com.
The site reports that a “trusted source” says that the manufacturer, which has just appointed former Microsoft employee Stephen Elop as its CEO, could look at using a new platform to augment its current strategy.
The same website also reports that Mr Elop has been given “the green light” to change the company’s strategy on operating systems and alliances as part of a new focus on the American market.
This leaves the door open to a move, potentially, to Google’s Android operating system, although that is not thought to be imminent.
Mr Elop’s appointment represents a break with Nokia’s Finnish heritage; internal candidate Anssi Vanjoki recently admitted to the Wall Street Journal that he was quitting the company because he missed out on being made CEO, while suggesting that switching to Android would provide the manufacturer with only short-term relief from its long-term problems.
Nokia’s current flagship, the new N8 smartphone, has recently been delayed because of software problems, but the company is still planning to launch a new range of devices based on the forthcoming MeeGo platform by the end of the year.