Nokia “will” launch it’s first WP7 device as soon as next year. This statement is courtesy of Mr. D Shivakumar, the MD of Nokia India. With Nokia suggesting earlier that the first Windows phone would be launched this year (2011), this statement comes as a surprise.
Its [new] operating system has links to it [Facebook].. It has a range of services which complement Nokia services — they have Bing [search], Zune [music] and games,” the India MD said. Meanwhile, Nokia will launch around 40-50 new phone models in 2011, including around 20 smartphones built on Symbian, he added.
He also claimed that the Rs 23,000 ‘N8’ trebled the Indian smartphone market since its launch six months ago. Around 6 million out of the 155 million phones sold in India last year are expected to have been ‘smart’, according to research firm IDC India. They are expected to hit 39 million units by 2014, according to Canalys.
What should be noted here is that (if in any case Mr Shivakumar is to be believed, considering the constant conflicts in the statements from Nokia), that the company still intends to launch about 20 new Symbian smartphones this year.