Nokia plots Symbian 4 Nseries smartphone

Nokia plots Symbian 4 Nseries smartphone

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.’


Written by Mobile Today
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