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Nokia Betting On Meego For US, N8 For The World; Plans To Ship Over 50 Million Symbian 3 Devices

Under tremendous pressure, and facing calls for his resignation, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is betting big on the N8 handset and Symbian 3 to help the company recover marketshare, and have something significant to show in the highly competitive smartphone market currently dominated by Apple's iPhone, and the spread of Android. Saying that it is clear that the current situation is very tough at the high end of the market, Kallasvuo warned investors that things won't be easier in Q3. However, he offered hope, saying that the N8,the first Symbian 3 device, will begin shipping towards the end of Q3. Nokia is planning a broad launch, though the more meaningful launches are expected in Q4. Optimistically, Kallasvuo said that the "N8 will mark the beginning of the renewal" and it will "have a user experience superior to any smartphone Nokia has produced." Of course, saying that the user experience will be superior to any other Nokia phone isn't saying much. All of this sounds like the build-up before the N97 launch. Remember that Nokia also has a partnership with Intel for another platform - the Meego. Kallasvuo took the opportunity to, in his own words, "set the record straight on 4 key points": 1. There will be a family of Symbian 3 devices, of which over 50 million will be shipped, "conservatively". The family of Symbian 3 products will be available in Q4 this year. 2. "We have made a lot of changes about how we approach development in the…

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