Nokia CEO: we’re sticking with Windows Phone
Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop promised to unveil a Windows 8 smartphone soon, saying Nokia would stick with Microsoft’s mobile OS.
Nokia is holding an event in early September, just before an Apple event on 12 September where it is widely expected to announce a new iPhone.
Nokia has not commented on what it will announce at the Nokia World event, but many investors anticipate a new handset designed to challenge the popularity of the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone.
Elop did not deny a September launch but would only say Windows 8 smartphones would be released “relatively near term”.
Elop said he was sticking to his strategy of using Microsoft software despite the limited success of Windows Phones so far.
“I don’t think about rewinding the clock and thinking about competing elsewhere,” he told reporters. “In today’s war … [between] Android, Apple and Windows, we are very clear, we are fighting that with the Windows Phone,” said Elop.
Nokia decided in early 2011 to ditch its home-grown Symbian software for a deal with Microsoft.