Beyond Windows Phone, the company also produces low-end smartphones for emerging markets with the Asha platform, the most recent of which was the Asha 501 released in May.
Although Symbian had its fans, Nokia says Windows Phone allows the company more flexibility to respond to the fast-changing smartphone world. "It typically took 22 months to get a Symbian phone out of the door. With Windows Phone, it is less than a year," a Nokia spokesperson said. "We spend less time having to tinker with deep-lying code and more time on crafting elements of the experience that make a big difference."
Nokia's support for Symbian phones is expected to continue until 2016.
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