Nokia “considering Windows Phone 7”
New Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is considering running Windows Phone 7 on the company’s future smartphones, according to reports.
Elop, who joined Nokia from Microsoft earlier this month, was brought in to shake-up the company’s ailing smartphone business. One of the more radical measures he’s considering is the adoption of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, sources close to Nokia told Venture Beat.
Nokia’s operating system strategy is currently in disarray. As well as running its own Symbian^3 OS on its latest handsets, the company has also dabbled with Maemo Linux on high-end smartphones and tablets.
Separately, the company has joined forces with Intel to develop the open-source MeeGo operating system, although that has yet to appear on any Nokia handsets.
In a statement sent to PC Pro, Nokia denied it was considering yet another OS. “Our platforms are Series 40 [the OS used on basic mobiles], Symbian and MeeGo,” the company stated. “That stance was reinforced strongly by our management during Nokia World and we currently have no plans to use other operating systems.”
Windows Phone 7 is expected to be released later this autumn, and has won backing from handset manufacturers such as HTC, LG and Asus, as well as all five of the UK’s mobile phone networks.
Earlier this week Nokia announced a further delay to its flagship N8 smartphone, piling further pressure on a company that is struggling to compete with the iPhone and the leading Android handsets.