Nokia vice president Bryan Biniak has issued a barely concealed attack on Microsoft, saying it needs to work harder on getting the best apps onto Windows Phone if it wants to sell more smartphones.
In an interview with IBTimes, Biniak said: “We are releasing new devices frequently and for every new device, if there is an app that somebody cares about that's not there that's a missed opportunity of a sale.
"We are trying to evolve the cultural thinking [at Microsoft] to say 'time is of the essence.' Waiting until the end of your fiscal year when you need to close your targets doesn't do us any good when I have phones to sell today."
Biniak went on to add: “It's not just about the hardware, it's about the tools that are on the hardware. You can't sell a phone without the apps, you just can't."
Nokia is certainly not lacking when it comes to hardware. Its new 41-megapixel Lumia 1020 has been widely heralded as one of the best camera phones ever.
But with Microsoft offering a mere 165,000 smartphone apps compared to Apple’s 900,000 and Google’s millions, it seems Espoo may continue to struggle to compete.