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Nokia tries N9 ahead of Windows

business Updated: Jun 21, 2011 21:53 IST

Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop unveiled a new smartphone on Tuesday that uses software the firm plans to ditch, a move analysts said would probably condemn the device to obscurity.

At a telecoms conference in Singapore, Elop reiterated that Nokia would launch its first smartphone using Microsoft's Windows platform later this year, even as he unveiled the new all-screen N9 smartphone, which uses a platform called MeeGo. The model — Nokia's first and last to use MeeGo —can be navigated by a single finger swipe and comes in black, cyan and magenta colours in a polycarbonate design.

Once the undisputed leader in hand phones, Nokia has rapidly lost ground in the smartphone market to Apple's iPhone and Google's Android devices, and at the low end of the market to Asian rivals such as China's ZTE and India's Micromax.