Elop promises Nokia's first WP8 phone is coming 'near term'

Elop promises Nokia's first WP8 phone is coming 'near term'Nokia's slide still looks to be a fair way from over – just today the company's credit rating was given another bump downwards – but boss Stephen Elop says the first Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset will be with us “relatively near term”.

Elop wouldn't make the obvious connection to Nokia World, which kicks off in Helsinki on September 5, and yet surely there can't be any other possibility.

It's been a long hard 18 months for Nokia since a newly appointed Elop decided to steer the company away from its MeeGo and Symbian heritage and instead team up with former employer Microsoft and Windows Phone.

Yet despite massive financial losses since then and widespread criticism from a large number of the Nokia faithful – and a fair few former employees too – Elop remains adamant that just because Nokia's Windows Phone gamble hasn't paid off yet, doesn't mean it was a bad decision in the first place.

Speaking to reporters in Oslo this week, Elop said he still felt Nokia was on the right platform. “I don't think about rewinding the clock and thinking about competing elsewhere,” he said. “In today's war ... (between) Android, Apple and Windows, we are very clear, we are fighting that with the Windows Phone.”

With that in mind, it's surely essential that Nokia have something significant to show off at Nokia World – especially considering just seven days later Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5.

Not that Nokia's debut Windows Phone 8 smartphone is necessarily expected to be a direct rival for Apple's next world-conquerer, but at least it'll give the company a chance to steal some headlines before iPhone fever takes hold.

Via Reuters

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Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 19:27

Certainly was a bad plan for the short term and wouldn't have stopped them launching W8 phones so has to be seen as a mistake as pretty much everyone said at the time.
And who didn't think the nokia wp8 were coming near term, he talks much says little.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 15, 2012 at 19:45

“In today's war ... (between) Android, Apple and Windows, we are very clear, we are fighting that with the Windows Phone.”
Well, he can't fight it with Apple - unless I missed something.
With Android? Now and again I contemplated that what-if, but look: Android seems to have little impact on Apple's sales. Android is eating its own - Kindle bites into all other Android tabs, the Galaxy S 2 and 3 are not only Samsung's flagships - essentially they are the Android flagships, also. The ones to beat. And currently nobody comes close.
I reckon the bubble has burst - just not with a bang. It's the iPhone/s and a couple of 'competing' handsets. And a flood of indistinct low- and mid-rangers with whatever OS.
Add to that an economic slump so big people have now decided to pretend it's not really happening... but they feel their house's foundation slipping bankwards.
With hindsight Nokia should have just continued 'as was' - up the Symbian devices. Carry on and finish MeeGo; churn out solid S40 devices. It couldn't have been worse, honestly!
Wait for O'Bummer's reelection and the happy new world order. Then bring something BIG!

As reported this week, Bada is still beating WP! With practically one Wave device. With no advertising to speak of... While MS-Nokia launch the Lumia 900 to multi-million $$$ PR-tunes - on a day when most US stores are closed LOL... To then, drip-drop, admit that Lumia-Land won't be visited by the Apollo Santa.

Yes, the usual "N.B.": WP isn't bad per se etc etc...

And what on earth does "near term" mean? Is Nokia pregnant?

Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 20:24

Maybe Bada has had a lot of advertising in France, still finding Bada success odd.
Besides Nokia have sold more of the devices they all but abandoned...

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 15, 2012 at 20:39

Maybe Bada has had a lot of advertising in France, still finding Bada success odd.
Besides Nokia have sold more of the devices they all but abandoned...


Yes. That reminds me: wonder if there are any sales figures for the Pureview 808?

Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 20:46

Bit early for those I'm guessing plus not actually seen any available for sale in stores...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 15, 2012 at 20:55

Maybe Bada has had a lot of advertising in France, still finding Bada success odd.
Besides Nokia have sold more of the devices they all but abandoned...

Bada success in France has nothing to do with advertising, the phones were given away for free on contracts which were barely any more expensive than SIM Only deals, Bada (despite being an actually okay OS) was given away, it's not some secret hidden gem.

Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 20:58

Ah. Had no knowledge of french phone market.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 15, 2012 at 20:59

Ah. Had no knowledge of french phone market.
I looked it up ages ago when I was as shocked as you are about Bada's sales figures haha :p.

Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 21:14

Explains the anomaly then, mind you companies do that here with low end android and lately wp so it's not entirely unfair comparison point.

Nokia just emailled me saying you can get a free "£120" speaker with a Nokia 800 or 900 atm. Trying to clear out the phones while they still can then.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 15, 2012 at 21:34

Explains the anomaly then, mind you companies do that here with low end android and lately wp so it's not entirely unfair comparison point.

Nokia just emailled me saying you can get a free "£120" speaker with a Nokia 800 or 900 atm. Trying to clear out the phones while they still can then.
is that speaker Mr Elop? He's pretty Lo-Fi :p

Pondlife  Aug. 15, 2012 at 21:44

He'd be worth more in spare parts than that though.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 16, 2012 at 11:03

"My dream is to bring Flash to every device!" ... near term, to be sure :p

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