Nokia and Microsoft have signed an agreement which will see Windows Phone become the primary smartphone operating system for Nokia phones. This was all announced back in February, but the details have been fleshed out and we now have a little more detail. It also means that both Nokia and Microsoft can begin the work of creating phones together, and also shows how this is a bit more in depth than a normal OEM deal (OK, I’m speculating here as I’ve never looked at commercial contracts between OEM’s and software producers, but judge for yourself).
- Windows Phone will be Nokia’s Primary Smartphone platform for the agreement duration (believed to be 5 years)
- Windows Phone will use Ovi Maps as the mapping solution built in to the OS
- Nokia phones will use Bing as the primary web search provider
- Nokia will pay royalties to Microsoft for using the OS on it’s phones.
- Microsoft will pay Billions to Nokia for the deal, and for access to Nokia’s patent portfolio.
- Nokia will bring it’s worldwide experiences with carrier billing and translation to Windows Phone
- Nokia will have a central app store for developers and users to publish and buy to Windows Phone, Symbian and Series 40 apps.
- Microsoft will waive the $99 Developer registration fee for Nokia developers who have had an app published.
- Nokia and Microsoft hope to have the first devices ready by the end of the year
You can view the press release here.
Stephen Elop said that Nokia will also have a “laser focus” on delivering great Symbian devices this year, and the Symbian Anna announcement just last week talked about a series of OS updates planned. There has also been a mention of some things focusing on Microsoft cloud services, and mobile business (i take to mean business centric devices), including new features for Symbian.
The rumors are out that the W7 and W8 will be among the first devices we see (W7 based on X7 and W8 based on N8 with 12MP camera). In about 6 months from now we should be starting to know what the first Nokia Windows Phone devices are. I’m excited to find out.