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Nokia Windows Phone 7 phone delayed until 2012?

Nokia Windows Phone 7 phone delayed until 2012?

Nokia’s debut Windows Phone 7 handset won’t land until next year, as the phone maker decides to delay its bid to restore its place at the smartphone top table.

According to an interview with Nokia India’s Managing Director D Shivakumar, conducted by Daily News Nokia, the company just isn’t impressed enough with Microsoft’s OS as it stands to release a handset based on it.

That means that Nokia is prepared to wait until the platform been tweaked to its satisfaction, which could be as long as a year, Shivakumar said.

Announced earlier this year, Nokia’s decision to make phones running Microsoft’s critically lauded operating system followed persistent criticism of its Symbian3 smartphone platform on the grounds that it was unwieldy and offered a sub-par user experience.

The partnership with Microsoft is expected to see the arrival of Nokia branded Windows Phone 7 at much cheaper price points than the current-generation of WP7 powered handsets.

At the time of the announcement of the link-up, Nokia said it will also contribute heavily to the future direction of Microsoft’s platform.

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