Nokia seeks tablets with eye on Windows 8

Nokia could tiptoe into the tablet market as the next step beyond its Windows Phone based Lumia range.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop told reporters in Sydney, Australia yesterday, the company is looking "very closely" tablet, but has not announced anything official, according to the Australian Financial Review.

"We are looking very closely at the market right now that Microsoft has put in place the tablet surface, so we try to learn and understand what the right way to participate and would be the time."

Elop also dangled the possibility of an Android tablet, saying that there were advantages to the size of 7-inch screen made popular by Android devices. When reporters asked if Nokia would Windows or Android, the CEO has given the green light for Windows. But a PR executive reminded that no formal decision has yet been taken, AFR revealed.

However, a Windows tablet would be a logical choice given the relationship with Nokia Microsoft. The Finnish phone maker has spent the past year rise in its Lumia Windows Phone devices. And despite this reminder conservative PR representative, Elop has played up the integration from a Windows tablet.

"It is important to note that the ability of the company is something that every user is looking for," said Stephen Elop. "So when you think about Lumia 920, running Windows Phone, Windows or with a tablet PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a sufficiently integrated experience. Our first focus on what we see clearly in the side of Microsoft. '

This is not the first time Nokia has dropped hints about a tablet Windows. October 1, 2011 in Interview with the Financial Times, Stephen Elop teased the idea of ​​a tablet Windows, pointing to a "clear synergy" with the Nokia Lumia environment running on tablets and PCs in the future.

And in November 2011, the head of Nokia France said that the company would have a Windows 8 tablet on the market in June 2012.

Until now, it was everyone talking and no tangible product. But Nokia Windows tablet could be much closer than Elop is letting on.

Recent rumors suggest that the company could launch a tablet running Windows RT earlier this year. If this information is correct, the 10.1-inch tablet come with a special key cover with its own battery. Supported by AT & T, the device would also offer a cellular connection with HDMI and USB ports.Of course Nokia would compete with tablets even he does with smartphones. Both markets are dominated by Apple and Android. Instead, Nokia is looking to challenge BlackBerry for third place in the smartphone wars.

Elop has played the number and variety of applications designed for phones Lumia as superior to those available for the BlackBerry. Nokia now offers approximately 125,000 applications against only 6000 when first Lumia phones debuted, according to the CEO.

BlackBerry world but can contain about the same number. Last September, the BlackBerry has announced that his shop was home to 105,000 applications.
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