Nokia will hold fire on a Windows Phone powered handset until at least October, it has been claimed.
Last week, the Finnish phone maker, which has always used it used its proprietary operating systems in its mobiles, broke with time-honoured tradition to announce a partnership with rival Microsoft.
The deal had been expected to result in handsets running the current iteration of Microsoft’s platform Windows Phone 7 hitting the market this year.
However, according to the Guardian, in fact, Nokia will not be launching its debut handset until a wholly new, updated version of the operating system arrives. This could mean a wait until October at the earliest, when it is expected that the as yet unnamed upgrade is released.
The “strategic agreement” between the tech giants comes amid cracks in Nokia’s business model that has seen its Symbian operating system lose market share to Android and Apple in recent years.
A minor update to the Windows Phone operating system is expected in March. New features it will bring to the OS include copy and paste, deeper Twitter integration and Internet Explorer 9.