More rumors on the upcoming Nokia Windos Phone 7 smartphone just came in. The latest bit of online gossip has it that despite the long wait the Nokia W9 might not be as innovative as you would have hoped.
When Stephen Elop went on stage in February to talk about the switch to WP7, he said that the Nokia contribution to the platform will be worth billions, rather than millions. In fact word is Microsoft is going to pay them billions for choosing their mobile platform. But if Nokia's contribution is indeed to become so precious, they would need to bring plenty of innovation to the platform and make more people consider switching to it.
Nokia W9 Sea Ray
However, industry analyst Eldar Murtazin was quoted saying today that none of that will be happening with the Finish company's first WP7 smartphone. Reportedly, it will be packing the same chipset and screen as its competitors and it won't bring anything new on the software side.
The only novel part about the Nokia W9 (or whatever they decide to name it) will be the design. And as the first leaks show the design, too, will be almost identical to that of the MeeGo-powered N9.
Here's hoping that this doesn't end to be true as it would be a real shame. Plus, Nokia promised to introduce their Ovi Maps free navigation to WP7, so the bit about no software differences sounds rather odd.