Nokia boss Stephen Elop has repeated Nokia's commitment to getting its first Windows Phone handset on the market before the end of the year, but says production won't hit significant volumes until next year.
Speaking at the Nokia Connections event in Singapore, Elop repeated his claim that Nokia already has working WinPho prototypes being tested, but those hoping for a glimpse of the upcoming hardware were left disappointed.
With clouds hanging over Nokia following troubling financial results for the first quarter, Elop has been vocally on-message recently in playing up the Windows Phone partnership with Microsoft. And there was no change to his tune today.
“We have shifted our organisation,” he stated. “We have a new strategy and we are focused on delivering results.”
It's clear that Nokia intends to do everything it can to squeeze the last bit of life out of Symbian until its Windows Phone operations get off the ground, and Elop promised as many as 10 new Symbian smartphones over the next year, and support for the OS until 2016.
He also revealed that the Symbian Anna update would be heading out to existing Symbian^3 smartphones in August after debuting on the Nokia E6 and X7, which are set to go on sale in the next few weeks.