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Nokia to say "adios" to Symbian in North America

It seems as though Windows Phone 7 just can't catch a break these days. The smartphone operating system is actually losing market share as Apple and Google make gains with iOS and Android respectively. In addition, we just reported today that the head of the Windows Phone Partner Group decided to leave the company to pursue other endeavors.

However, two recent developments should give Microsoft at least a little hope for Windows Phone 7. Ina Fried of AllThingsD reports that Nokia will completely abandon its Symbian roots in the United States and Canada when it launches Windows Phone 7 based smartphones later this year. By sticking solely with Windows Phone 7, Nokia will be able to focus as much energy on the North American market as possible and help put a tourniquet on the hemorrhaging of market share and profits

“When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business,” Nokia Inc. President Chris Weber told Fried. “It will 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).” 

Weber also touched on the marketing campaign that Nokia is kicking off to make its presence known in the U.S. market. “Without getting into numbers, it is significantly larger than anything we have done in the past and the most we will invest in any market worldwide,” Weber continued. “They are putting their money where their mouth is.”

Although Weber explains that he won't get into the numbers game, earlier reports suggest that Nokia will spend over $130M globally to launch its Windows Phone 7 handsets.

In other Windows Phone 7 news, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha hinted that although this company right now is focused solely on Android-based smartphones, there could be room for Microsoft's offering in the future. However, Jha says that his company wants a sweet deal comparable to the one that Nokia managed to secure with Microsoft

"I think we're completely open to the notion of Windows as a platform," said Jha according to Fierce Wireless.

Jha went on to say that iOS and Android would be the dominating smartphone platforms for the foreseeable future. When it comes to Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry OS/QNX, and webOS; things get a bit murkier. He definitely doesn't see room for all three in the marketplace. Given that Jha is even considering Windows Phone 7 for Motorola smartphones, it appears that he feels that it will be the strongest of the three “lesser” competitors in this segment.

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By Flunk on 8/9/2011 9:05:59 PM , Rating: 3
Adios is Spanish for goodbye.

The "Nokia to say goodbye to Windows Phone 7 in North America" line doesn't really jive with the article that says that they're going to switch over entirely to Windows Phone 7.

RE: Typo?
By Brandon Hill on 8/9/2011 9:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks, it's been fixed. Was supposed to be Symbian in the subtitle

RE: Typo?
By koenshaku on 8/9/2011 9:33:23 PM , Rating: 2
Well this is hopeful news considering I was interested in WP7, but I didn't get one because of the subpar handsets they lunched with and a OS that wasn't mature enough. I have always loved Nokia handsets and hated how there was no market for their higher end phones here. I look forward to the MS nokia announcement on the 17th more now :D

RE: Typo?
By StevoLincolnite on 8/10/2011 2:17:30 AM , Rating: 2
Personally... I'm yet to ever even use a smartphone let alone buy one. (Never used an iPod/Zune either.)
However as primarily a gamer on both the Xbox 360 and PC... The Windows Phone 7 does seem attractive to me as it can tie into the Xbox 360 and PC platforms.

Maybe Microsoft could launch the "Halo" game for phones? I would probably run down right now if they could launch a big AAA franchise on Windows Phone 7 and make it successful.

Otherwise I'm pretty content sticking with a dumb phone, only make calls and send messages don't need anything more for that.

RE: Typo?
By themaster08 on 8/10/2011 2:47:03 AM , Rating: 3
Halo on WP + online gameplay functionality = an absolute win, and I'm sure it would attract many gamers to the Windows Phone platform.

RE: Typo?
By Mitch101 on 8/9/2011 10:52:17 PM , Rating: 2
Nokia and Motorola joining the Windows Phone 7 camp thats pretty huge both have a major following. I'm excited to hear Motorola joining the Microsoft side I have always loved their phones.

For one Android is dominating the smartphone market and well deserved but they have major patent issues ahead. Here today but possibly gone tomorrow. Others can make the license costs so high that Android benefits everyone else except those distributing it. Microsoft alone might make enough to run Windows Phone 7 division solely on License fees they get on Android sales. If Apple is able to get a slice of the pie it might be too costly to sell Android based phones because you have to pay Microsoft and Apple and whomever else is in there.

And does anyone really care that Charlie Kindel left? Didn't know him and his job is done with Windows Phone 7 as far as I can tell. Glad to see someone chase their dream. He did us well but him leaving doesn't hurt as the direction has been set.

As much as many like to paint a grim death to Windows Phone 7 It looks like the next couple months they are coming out swinging. 7.5 looks to add everything anyone would complain about and the hardware is going top notch from Nokia and Motorola and everyone else will need to put their best foot forward. But does it need dual cores not at all but I bet if they were cutting edge with the tech many would be sold on the e-pen*s factor of having more power than whats needed.

I enjoy Microsoft Office, Windows 2008 integration, 25gig free clouds, free locator service, and look forward to more X-Box 360 integration. I'm happy despite Windows Phone 7 being the underdog or even hated. Much like my First generation Zune still lives as a wireless music sync in my car. The best device doesn't always win in sales but my satisfaction with Windows Phone 7 is something I cant get with any other device and Ive tried with my Wifes Samsung Epic 4g. Great device but without Office its just good.

RE: Typo?
By idiot77 on 8/9/2011 11:19:09 PM , Rating: 2
Symbians, I heard they were wild rides.

RE: Typo?
By Belard on 8/10/2011 12:20:05 AM , Rating: 2
Ever see them in action in real life....? :)

They are fun... but I don't think they are talking about the same thing.

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