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Interview: Elop On Windows Phone, Steve Jobs, Googorola & More

With less than 50 days left before Nokia World where Nokia promises a huge show, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has been on frequent trips around the globe to prepare for the arrival of the first Windows Phones and see how Nokia’s been doing around the world. He was in China recently and in India yesterday taking to the media about how well the dual-SIM Nokia devices are doing in the country.

Interview: Elop On Windows Phone, Steve Jobs, Googorola & More

The guys at Sina sat down with him to quiz him about Nokia’s Windows Phone plans, the Google-Motorola deal, Apple after Steve Jobs and how will Nokia aim to distinguish itself in the market post the arrival of Windows phone devices.

Among other things, the key points from the interview are:

  • Nokia Windows Phones will be available in Q4, and follow a staggered rollout with one country after another getting the devices. Nokia is in talks with operators in China to determine when would it be a good time to bring the Windows phone devices to the country.
  • The Nokia N9 will play a key role in China.
  • On the chances of Microsoft acquiring Nokia – He sees Nokia acting as an independent company in the long term.
  • On differentiation between iOS/Android/WP – Windows Phone is a people focused OS, compared to other which are App focused.
  • On the future – He says that Nokia is not only a hardware player, but will also work on software and services. Some of which will be available on other Windows phone devices, while some will remain Nokia specific.
  • On Googorola – He thinks that participants of the Android ecosystem will be very concerned about the acquisition.

Here is the full interview:

If you were listening carefully you’ll see how Elop was asked specifically about the Sea Ray, but he was careful not to use that name in his reply. It is quite certain that Nokia will be announcing its first Windows Phone device(s) on October 26th and will start shipping them very soon afterwards, the real question is which will be the lucky countries that’ll get first dibs on it.

[via: @nokonpar]

Stephen Elop On The Google Motorola Deal – ‘Watch out’ Android Manufacturers

We’ve heard from the major Android manufacturers, we’ve also heard from Nokia on the Google acquiring Motorola Mobility deal, but this time its the turn of Nokia’s CEO to chime in with a warning to Android manufactures to ‘watch out’.

Stephen Elop On The Google Motorola Deal - 'Watch out' Android Manufacturers

Reuters has been able to track a few comments he made about the deal in a seminar in Helsinki, and here’s what he had to say:

“If I happened to be someone who was an Android manufacturer or an operator, or anyone with a stake in that environment, I would be picking up my phone and calling certain executives at Google and say ‘I see signs of danger ahead”


“The very first reaction I had was very clearly the importance of the third ecosystem and the importance of the partnership that we announced on February 11, it is more clear than ever before,”

Both statements don’t differ very much from the official statement Nokia put out day before that effectively said the same thing, although as an undertone. However drawing an inference and reading something in such a cut and dried form from the proverbial horse’s mouth is an entirely different thing. While Elop’s very direct statements are somewhat expected of a man trying to push the Windows Phone ecosystem, that fact doesn’t make them any less true.

The @Selop CNBC Interview: ‘Those Rumours Are Baseless’, & Other Interesting Tidbits

Nokia’s stock is taking a tumble, it was a virtual freefall and Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop had to step in to halt the bloodbath. All of this, triggered by one rumour that Nokia was in the process of being bought out by Microsoft.

At the D conference, @Selop spoke to CNBC to clear the air about the rumour, calling it baseless and explicitly denying any talks of sale between Nokia and Microsoft. Infact in the 10 minute interview he tried to instill confidence in Nokia and came across as very confident and sure. He clearly believes in the direction he’s taking Nokia and had no problems taking tough questions head on.

I cannot wait for June 21 and Nokia Connection when he takes the stage once more, but for now here’s the interview: