London had become the defacto destination for the annual Nokia World event after it took place at the same venue, both in 2010 and 2011. However, change is afoot at Nokia and Nokia Conversations has just revealed that Nokia World 2012 will take place in Helsinki this year, on September 25-26.
(Nokia House, Espoo)
This is the first time that the annual extravaganza will happen on Nokia’s home turf, Finland. It was at Nokia World ’11 that Stephen Elop revealed the Lumia series, calling them the ‘first real Windows Phones’ but it will be Nokia World 2012 where we’ll see the first real ‘Nokia Windows Phones’. The Nokia-Microsoft partnership was announced one year ago and by September 2012 Nokia would have had a good 18 months to work with Microsoft to bring a distinct Nokia flavour to their devices.
The second half of the year is also the rumored time frame for the next version of Windows Phone, Apollo. Apollo is the version that is rumoured to bring hi-res screens, multi core processors, NFC and all the other much awaited functionality to Redmond’s OS. I have no doubt that we’ll be seeing Nokia Apollo devices at Nokia World 2012 making it the most exciting and important Nokia World, yet.
If you are planning to make the trip, the Helsinki weather in September is still fairly pleasant with about 7 hours of daylight.