Nokia to use Symbian and Windows together for long time

According to the Nokia (NOK1V.HE) it will continue to sell smartphones using its legacy Symbian software for a long time after its first phones using Microsoft’s (MSFT.O) Windows go on sale.

Symbian is due to be replaced by Microsoft’s Windows Phone over the coming two years under a plan announced in February.

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According to the Purnima Kochikar, head of developer relations at Nokia”We will be selling (Symbian) devices long after Windows Phone devices from Nokia have already started to appear,Earlier this week research firm Ovum forecast that Symbian phones will continue on some markets into 2016.Over the past weeks we have been evaluating our Symbian roadmap and now feel confident we will have a strong portfolio of new products during our transition period i.e. 2011 and 2012,They will also include improvements in hardware performance such as GHz+ processing capabilities and faster graphics speeds” .

Nokia has said the its first models using Windows Phone platform at the latest in 2012. Nokia didn’t specify how long it would continue to offer Symbian.

Nokia’s current top models, the N8 and the E7, use 680 MHz (megahertz) processors, while rivals top models already use 1 GHz (gigahertz) and faster processors.

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