By Vamien McKalin | May 07, 2013 12:17 PM EDT
Microsoft can rest easy today, as Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, made a statement to Reuters claiming the company is still loyal to the Windows Phone platform, as it is the main driving force for Nokia to compete with Samsung and Apple.
"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 decision 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," Elop told reporters ahead of a shareholders' meeting.
This comes as no surprise, for there is nowhere else Nokia would rather be at this point, since Android is not a good fit and Symbian is rotting in a lab somewhere. For the first time since 2010, the Windows Phone platform is gaining momentum with the release of Windows Phone 8 and Nokia's own Lumia line of smartphones running on the new platform. Since then, growth of the platform has been slowly creeping up along with the sales of Lumia devices, with that in mind, Nokia should be confident in its prospects going forward.
During the first quarter of 2013, Lumia smartphone sales increased to 5.6 million units sold, that's up from 2 million devices sold a year ago.
Stephen Elop's statement:
"At the highest level, we are pleased that Nokia Group achieved underlying operating profitability for the third quarter in a row. While operating in a highly competitive environment, Nokia is executing our strategy with urgency and managing our costs very well."
Nokia is not sitting idly by though, as the company is preparing to announce a slew of new Windows Phone 8 handsets at its May 14 event in London. One of the devices to grace the show floor is the Lumia 928, a slight improvement over the Lumia 920. Rumored devices that could make the show also include the Lumia 925 (CatWalk) the Nokia EOS and a Windows 9/RT-based tablet.
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