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Nokia CEO Says First Windows Phones Coming in Next Weeks

By Diana ben-Aaron
October 04, 2011 8:22 AM EDT

Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop said the Finnish mobile-phone maker will introduce devices based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 7 in coming weeks.

“We are excited that you’ll see the first examples of what it means for Nokia to put unique software capabilities forward, so that our products and platform are well differentiated,” Elop said at a technology trade show in Helsinki.

Nokia’s mobile phones will have more map features in the future, allowing users to input custom data, Elop also said.

The phonemaker today showed a video, marked with the logo of Fjord, a consultancy, that displayed what Elop described as “very early work” in “augmented reality.” In it, a camera viewfinder was superimposed with information such as descriptions of buildings, a historical time-line, friends’ locations and a neighborhood bulletin board. Elop showed a similar video at an event in August.

Elop withdrew from the MeeGo system Nokia was developing with Intel Corp. (INTC) and chose Windows Phone over Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android as a platform to compete with Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone. He said there are questions about how open Android will be after Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.

Nokia is also closely following Intel’s attempts to build a new mobile system partnership based on Linux software, the executive said.

The phonemaker agreed to buy Navteq, a mapmaker, for $8.1 billion in 2008.

To contact the reporter on this story: Diana ben-Aaron in Helsinki at dbenaaron1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net

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