Nokia axe Symbian in North America – Windows Phone 7 the future?

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For a long time now Symbian OS has felt dated, many experts think the operating system has played a big part in Nokia’s lack of impact in the high-end market and earlier this year Nokia revealed that in the future a lot of its smartphones would use Windows Phone 7 instead, well today we have a pretty substantial update on the situation which affects North Americans.

According to a recent article posted on AllThingsD, Nokia has confirmed that plans have been put in place to stop selling Symbian-based smartphones and feature phones in the United States and Candada, instead Nokia is planning a marketing push and putting their money where the mouth is with Windows Phone 7. We can also confirm that the Meego-based Nokia N9 will not get a U.S release either.

Below we have added a quote from Nokia’s President, Chris Weber, he said:

“When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc” and also went on to say that “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).”

As you can say this is a massive statement which seems to suggest that if Nokia fail with Windows Phone 7 they will not be able to succeed in today’s feature phone and smartphone market, we could be misinterpreting what has been said by Mr Weber, however what else could this mean.

Weber goes on to say that North America is Nokia’s priority as this is a key market for Microsoft, it also seems as if Nokia feel that success in North America will play a big part in global success. This makes sense but it does mean that Nokia is relying on Microsoft’s mobile operating system very heavily, we wonder why Nokia decided against dabbling in the Android smartphone market as so many other manufacturers have seen success here. In terms of call quality, general phone usage and camera clarity Nokia has a lot to bring to the table, do you think gambling on the success of Windows Phone 7 will pay off?

So far we only know of one Nokia device to run Windows Phone 7 which is on the way, this is codenamed Sea Ray and you can find out a lot more about this device here, what do you think of Nokia’s future plans?

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