Nokia could launch its first Windows phone 7.5 Mango handset in November, according to a leaked release schedule.
Italian carrier TIM is showing a November release for the device, said a report on Knowyourmobile. The web site added that this likely will be a Europe-wide release for the handset.
Apparently, several Microsoft executives are down for the manufacturer’s Nokia World event next week, and we are expecting the announcement of a Windows phone then.
The latest Nokia leak is one of many. Earlier this month, Nokia had another one of its upcoming Windows Phone handsets called the Sun leaked on the internet.
We had previously seen a leak of the firm’s Sea Ray phone, which is believed to be its first Windows Phone handset. The Nokia Sun is coming in November from Orange in France, previous reports have said, so it could be the handset mentioned in the latest leak.
The Nokia Sun will have a 3.7in AMOLED screen and a 1.4GHz processor. Other specifications we can gather include an 8MP camera, 16GB of internal storage and a uni-body design. Interestingly it apparently has a microSIM slot.
The Sea Ray is likely to be the flagship device from Nokia and the Sun will be a smaller and probably more budget friendly version. Check back next week for The INQUIRER’s coverage of Nokia World on 26 and 27 October.
Nokia will reveal its first Windows Phone handset by the end of the year.
This was Nokia’s initial plan for the handset but it pushed the launch back to the first quarter of 2012. Now we are back at square one and might see the company unveil the phone in the next couple of months, according to Reuters.
As far as we know, the phone is called the Sea Ray and is pretty much a Windows Phone version of the N9 that runs Meego. Nokia is still not launching the N9 in the UK despite the handset seeing a great reception when Nokia announced it.
Instead Nokia has launched uninspiring Symbian handsets such as the 700 to fill the gap.
Nokia is still behind the change to Microsoft’s mobile operating system, with Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop saying, “Our belief is that there is a clear opportunity for an alternative ecosystem”
It’s possible that Nokia is bringing the announcement forward because of a number of rival handsets that rival vendors have announced. Some of these handsets are already on sale, such as HTC’s Titan.
Apart from new phones, Microsoft has said that the update to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is now available to 50 per cent of existing users. When Nokia’s Windows Phone does turn up it might have a fight on its hands to get noticed among all the other Windows Phone 7.5 phones.
Nokia has just posted very disturbing quarterly results this morning. The European smartphone giant outlook appears to be getting worse and CEO Stephen Elop has acknowledged that things will not turn around overnight.
Elop is reporting that Nokia’s operating profit is down 44 percent since Q1 and sales of mobile devices are down 23 percent consecutively. While the overall sales of mobile phones and smartphones are down, along with average selling prices.
Elop labelled the results as “clearly disappointing” and went on to say that competitive pressures are continuing. He tried to paint a somewhat more positive outlook for the rest of the year, thanks to Nokia’s clear strategy and several major product launches.
It is very clear that Elop is clearly putting Nokia’s future on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 to turn things around towards by the end of the year. Therefore, it would behove Nokia to get many dazzling WP7 phones out the fall. Otherwise, it may be too late for the Finnish company.
While Nokia touted its app store’s success, it did so even as the store’s future seems uncertain because of the cellphone maker’s agreement to work with Microsoft in selling Windows Phone smartphones starting in 2012.
Microsoft also has an app store, called Windows Marketplace, and analysts say it is unlikely that both stores will continue when Nokia begins selling Windows Phones next year. Symbian smartphones will be almost totally replaced by Windows Phones by 2013, according to Gartner and IDC forecasts.
A Nokia spokeswoman said Tuesday that details of the Microsoft agreement are still being finalized, adding, “That said, with up to 5 million downloads a day, Ovi Store is extremely important to Nokia and its current and future Symbian customers, and Nokia will continue to support it in order to provide consumers with the best experience possible.”
Analysts said that even if the Ovi Store and Symbian devices continue as expected for two more years, that is well within the average life span of a smartphone and would require Nokia to offer a full range of support with plenty of applications for sale. Nokia on Tuesday also announced an update to the Symbian OS and two new smartphones, the E6 and the X7.
Nokia clearly sees continuing momentum for its Ovi Store and Symbian, noting that 1,000 more apps are added each week to the store’s current listing of 40,000. In comparison, the first and biggest app market, Apple’s App Store, has more than 350,000 apps for its iPhone.
Nokia just announced a new mobile application development contest that comes with $10 million in “cash, devices and marketing prizes” up for grabs. The “Calling All Innovators” contest, sponsored by Nokia in partnership with AT&T, is designed to encourage developers in North America to build applications for the company’s mobile customers.
Although the handset manufacturer is still the biggest worldwide in terms of market share, it has struggled to attract developers to build apps for its Symbian mobile operating system platform, which features an App Store similar to Apples iTunes and Google’s Android Market called the Ovi Store.
The contest features 17 application categories, split into 11 general categories and 6 game categories. From these, 170 category finalists will be chosen. A panel of AT&T and Nokia judges will then determine the 51 category prize winners out of which the two apps and the two games grand prize winners are chosen. These grand prize winners each receive an extra $100,000 in cash and $1,900,000 in marketing on top of the $150,000 all category prize winners receive.
To qualify, the apps must be “visually attractive,” “fast and responsive” and must be built using the Nokia Qt and Web UI design tools. For more information and how to participate, developers can visit the contest homepage.