News are circulating about Nokia and Windows Phones, and how the two will work together in the near future. First, in an interview with AllThingsD, Chris Weber, President of Nokia USA, said that Nokia will quit Symbian and the low-end phone businesses from North America and focus solely on Windows Phone in that geographic region.
According to Weber:
When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc. It’ll be Windows Phone and the accessories around that. The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesn’t matter what we do (elsewhere).
We’ll develop for North America and make the phones globally available and applicable. In fact, evidence of that is that the first Windows Phones that’ll ship are being done by our group in San Diego.
Second, that the Nokia Sea Ray might not launch in the United States: “A very reliable source told us that the US will not get the Sea Ray device that was leaked. If you’ve forgotten, it’s the Windows Phone that looks like the Nokia N9. Our source tells us T-Mobile and AT&T are getting Windows Phone devices that are affordable, while Verizon is getting a high-end model,” reported unofficial TheNokiaBlog.
The above piece is actually somewhat consistent with Engadget’s report yesterday saying that Nokia currently has no plans to bring the Meego-based Nokia N9 to the US. However, a leaked video embedded below from MyNokiaBlog shows off some of the upcoming Nokia Windows Phones. Here’re a few still-shots of the two new phones from the video:
Looking closer at the video and you’d also notice there are several customised built-in apps from Nokia. From the image on the right, you can see on the Start Screen several tiles not found on your regular Windows Phones – Time/Clock Tile, Ovi Tile, and a Navigation Tile. According to Mary Jo Foley, it’ll be the next version of Windows Phone, rumored to be codenamed “Tango”, that will bring Nokia’s innovation to Windows Phones. According to Mary Jo Foley:
A couple of my sources are now saying that Tango is real and it is, indeed, the next version of Windows Phone OS.
One of my contacts who asked to remain anonymous said he believed there would be at least one and maybe two Tango releases hitting before the Windows Phone 8 Apollo release. He said Tango was “all about Nokia” and focused on hitting the lower-price point for Windows Phones that Microsoft and Nokia execs have been promising. My contact also said the Tango release may be focused largely or even exclusively on the Asian market.
Another of my contacts said that Tango and Sea Ray (the codename for Nokia’s expected first Windows Phone) are often mentioned in the same breath. But Tango is an operating system update and not a handset, said the contact who asked for anonymity, said. (Sea Ray is expected to be running Mango when it debuts, most likely later this year.)