Stephen Elop has really made his mark on Nokia with the company passing over Symbian software responsibilities to long-term business partner Accenture and of course, turning to Windows Phone for its primary smartphone platform. You couldn’t blame the CEO for feeling the pressure as the firm attempts to turn its fortunes around and a Pocketnow reader has drawn attention to a recent interview he gave on Finnish TV channel, YLE.
During his 20 minute stint on the box, Elop put an end to speculation as to whether the manufacturer would be releasing its first Windows Phone devices this year. The Nokia bigwig revealed that there’s a pressure on everybody involved “to have those first devices out this year.” He didn’t give away a specific launch date but added: “It is possible we’ll see the first new phone in the last quarter of this year.”
Elop also said that the company was seriously considering joining forces with Google but was “significantly worried that it would be simply us participating in somebody else’s world with little chance of making our products different from everything else that going on.” However, word on the street is that Nokia could still fall into the arms of Android should its Windows Phone collection flop.
We’ve already heard that the Nokia W7 and Nokia W8 might be two of the first handsets to get out of the firm’s Windows Phone door, with Elop also confirming other rumours that, “the year 2012 is when we’ll see a portfolio of [Windows Phone] products shipping in volume.” Exciting times ahead.