Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirms Nokia Windows Phone devices due next weekAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
The wait for the first Nokia Windows Phone devices has been a long one, but it looks like that wait will finally be coming to an end next week. Speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit late yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed that Nokia will reveal "new devices running Windows Phone" at Nokia World, which takes place on October 26th and 27th. No other details were given.
Windows Phone isn't the only mobile platform that Ballmer touched upon during his time on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit, as the CEO was also asked what he thought of Android just hours before Samsung and Google's big Galaxy Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich event. "You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone, but I think you do to use Android,” Ballmer answered, adding that it's "hard for [him] to be excited" about Android devices. When asked about Apple, Ballmer described the company as a "good" but "different" competitor.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has said in the past that his firm's first Windows Phone products would be debuting sometime in Q4 2011 and, although many had already suspected that Nokia World would be selected as the launch locale, we won't complain about getting confirmation of what's on tap for next week's event before making the trek to London. As usual, we'll be bringing you all of the news on the new Nokia Windows Phone(s) as it happens at Nokia World 2011, so keep it locked to PhoneDog for more.