Nokia will not drop Symbian in favour of MeeGo on its Nseries smartphones, Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's new head of mobile solutions, insisted last week.
He also pledged to return Nokia to its number one position in high-end devices.
In a statement revealing confusion in the
Nokia camp over which operating system will be used on its Nseries handsets, Vanjoki said a Symbian 4 Nseries phone was a 'strong possibility.' The comment follows a Nokia statement last week which said Meego would replace Symbian as the operating system on its Nseries phones.
Writing on the Nokia blog
on his first day in the new post, Vanjoki said: ‘There has also been some
confusion about Symbian and Nseries. The Nokia N8 will be our only Nseries
device on Symbian 3. Of course, we never comment on future products, but a
Symbian 4 Nseries device is a strong possibility. A very strong possibility.’
Nokia declined to say whether Vanjoki's statment represented a U-turn in policy. A spokeswoman told Mobile: 'In his
first day as the head of our mobile solutions unit, Anssi Vanjoki alluded to
the possibility of an Nseries device based on Symbian 4. I cannot comment
beyond what Anssi has said.'
In the same piece, Vanjoki
said he was committed ‘perhaps even obsessed’ with returning Nokia to its
former number one spot in high-end devices’ but warned that ‘as a challenger
now, we have a fight on our hands.’
He added: ‘Achieving
this will require performance and efforts over and above the norm. This is a
role I’ve personally been preparing for over the last 20 years. We have all the
assets — including R&D and product development – at our disposal under one
roof – to produce killer smartphones and market changing mobile computers.’
Launching a defence of
Symbian, Vanjoki said the operating system will continue to be ‘our platform of
choice’ for Nokia smartphones.
He acknowledged Symbian had
faced problems. ‘Symbian has taken a lot of criticism lately – some of it fair,
some not,’ he said.
However, in defence of the operating system, he
added: ‘But what is consistently overlooked is that Symbian still accounts for
more than two-fifths of the global smartphone market.’ He pledged to ‘win back
supporters’ to the Symbian camp.
Vanjoki also clarified
MeeGo’s role as ‘a computer operating system’ taking mobile technology ‘into a
new world of connected devices.’
He said the operating
system was ‘looking awesome. We believe it will power the computers of the
future. And the computers of the future will not be tied to a desk or even a
lap – they will fit in your pocket.’