Stephen Elop re-affirms Nokia’s commitment to Windows Phone

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Reuters report that Stephen Elop has re-affirmed Nokia’s commitment to Windows Phone as their platform in their battle to restore the company.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a shareholder meeting he said:

"We make adjustments as we go. But it’s very clear to us that in today’s war of ecosystems, we’ve made a very clear decisions to focus on Windows Phone with our Lumia product line. And it is with that that we will compete with competitors like Samsung and Android."

While Nokia has seen plunging sales of their feature phone and ASHA line, there have been recent evidence of real traction with their Lumia offerings, with sales increasing 27% in Q1 2013 compared to Q4 2012, and expected to increase at a similar rate in Q2 2013.

Nokia’s Lumia handsets have also been critically well received, and the company appears to be ready to launch a new set of high end offerings for the summer ahead of an OS refresh in the fall of 2013.

Nokia currently dominates the Windows Phone ecosystem, and recent research by AdDuplex has revealed around 80% of Windows Phone 8 handsets run on the company’s hardware. While many ex-Nokia fans would have preferred Nokia use Android in their handsets, it is unlikely the company would have held such an influential position on that OS.

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