Nokia Plans Frequent Windows Phone Releases
Nokia’s Executive Vice President Jo Harlow announced today that the company plans on releasing many new Windows Phone powered handsets after the first one appears. Nokia expects to debut new phones approximately every three months.
As PCMag reports, Nokia’s primary platform is the Windows Phone OS, unlike other manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung. Nokia will be focusing heavily on Windows Phones and plans on debuting new phones approximately every three months.
We should be launching new devices in a rhythm that might be every couple of months, every three months, something like that,” said Jo Harlow, Nokia’s Executive Vice President of Smart Devices. “We’re going to keep coming with new devices in order to have something to talk about.”
One of the benefits of Microsoft and Nokia’s partnership is the ability to showcase Microsoft’s products in countries where Microsoft has limited presence. For example, the Nokia Music Store can possibly take the place of Zune in certain countries where Microsoft’s music store is not available.
We might even see these Nokia Windows Phones on CDMA networks in the USA and use non-Qualcomm chipsets, according to Jo Harlow. Apparently, Nokia’s attitude towards CDMA “has changed” and “are in discussions with all of” [the U.S. wireless carriers].” Harlow even said, “CDMA devices are in the works.”
Nokia has use chips from Texas Instruments for many years but recently switched to Qualcomm for its first Windows Phones. As we all know, Windows Phones requre Qualcomm chipsets. That is expected to change soon as Nokia looks to adopt other ideas.
“You have to have multiple chipset suppliers that allow you to address different levels of performance, different parts of the business geographically given different modem requirements, etcetera. So the starting point is clearly with Qualcomm … we are in the process with Microsoft of defining other chipset suppliers as well.”Further reading: Microsoft, Nokia, Windows Phone 7