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Nokia Maintains Commitment To Symbian For Time Being

Finnish phone maker Nokia plans to offer Symbian based devices for the next two years, reaffirming its commitment towards the Linux based mobile platform.

People had wondered about Nokia's plans for its current Symbian based handset line-up when the world's largest mobile phone maker announced its plans for making smartphones based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform.

According to Reuters, Nokia's chief financial officer Timo Ihamuotila commented that the company will continue to capitalise on the market for Symbian phones as long as it remained profitable.

The company will continue to deliver Symbian devices until it finishes its transition to the Windows Phone 7 platform, a move that could take as long as two years. Nokia has not yet made an announcement regarding the first WP7 smartphone device to come from its stable.

The Nokia executive's comment helped the company's shares to rise by around 2 per cent in the European stock market. The company's shares had slipped down by more than 20 per cent after it had announced its partnership with Microsoft.

Nokia has been experiencing severe setbacks in the smartphone division thanks to intense competition from Apple and Google. The company's Windows Phone deal with Microsoft will make billions of dollars for Nokia, CEO Stephen Elop had said when announcing the move.