On the one hand, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasuvo put thousands of his company's fans at ease when he went on record as saying, "we don't have plans to do Windows in mobile at the moment." Nokia's not about to leave the Symbian faithful in a lurch just because half the tech world is excited that Sony Ericsson's making a Windows Mobile handset.
If you want to make a Symbian fanboy mad, though, just point out that Olli threw "at the moment" in at the end of that quote. Never say never, especially where a foothold in the American market is concerned, right?
On the other hand, Olli also confirmed second half of this year as the launch date for Nokia's finger-friendly S60 Touch user interface. You know, the one that will power a new breed of touchscreen Nokias without irking millions of loyal S60 users (seriously - 20.4 million Symbian smartphones shipped in Q3 2007 alone). That sounds great, until you watch the Gizmodo video of S60 Touch being previewed at MWC this week.
If iPhone wasn't already alive and kicking, I'd be pretty jazzed by this S60 Touch preview. But compared to iPhone's UI - and I'm talking solely about the UI here, not the power or expandability of the OS itself - S60 Touch ain't lookin' so hot. This is just a preview, and a render (not a full prototype) at that. But it looks like Nokia and Symbian have some serious work to do before touchscreen N-Series handsets start shipping later this year.
Then again, only 1.1 million iPhones shipped in Q3 2007, so Symbian's got a 2000% advantage without S60 Touch. Granted, not all 20 million Symbian devices shipped last quarter were Nokias, but it stands to reason that they can take a little more time for R&D without worrying about Apple putting them out of business just yet.
Read IntoMobile on Nokia's S60 Touch launch date or watch Gizmodo's S60 Touch video.