Nokia Not Just Making WP7 Hardware; Sharing Software, Too
When Nokia finally breaks onto the Windows Phone 7 scene later this year, the smartphones it releases will be understandably equipped with some custom Nokia WP7 apps; that’s hardly cause for surprise. What’s interesting, though, is that the company says it won’t be keeping such apps on a short leash, instead making sure they’re available to users on WP7 smartphones from other manufacturers.
That means that any sort of app that Nokia comes up with should be just as accessible to users of HTC, Samsung, or LG models. The company couldn’t be much clearer as to its intent, with its Senior Vice president of Developer and Marketplace promising “every Nokia App will be available on every phone.”
To be fair, Nokia users may get their hands on some of the company’s more desirable apps in advance of those using other hardware, but everyone will get a chance eventually. Just what sort of apps could we expect? Nokia’s big on mapping, with Ovi Map a notable hit, so a Bing Maps competitor may arise. The company also has its eye on financial transactions, so mobile payment systems could be in the works.
Does this make you less likely to pick up a Nokia Windows Phone, if you can just get its software elsewhere, or does it endear you to Nokia’s efforts to reinvigorate the platform?