Symbian, Meego, Windows Phone 7: Confused about what’s happening with Nokia these days? Stephen Elop, president and CEO of Nokia, and Joe Harlow, Nokia smart phone team leader, went on stage this evening in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress to clarify Nokia’s new relationship with Microsoft. They did not show any new hardware, however.
According to Elop, that while Nokia is profiting from their relationship with Microsoft because they will no longer be developing software in house, Microsoft will profit as well because “we’re contributing the fact that we’re making Windows Phone a challenger.” Microsoft is “is placing a very significant bet on Nokia for the delivery of the location-based services.” Nokia will add its content to the Windows Phone marketplace.
When Harlow took the stage, she indicated that a Nokia-Windows Phone 7 device may arrive sometime this year, but that Symbian will not be going away in the short term. And the first Meego device will still be released this year along with a “significant investment”, as they make the transition to Windows Phone 7. First priority of that transition: beat Android.