Of the three major smartphone operating systems left, Windows Phone is in third place by a pretty wide margin. It makes sense, since it is by far the youngest of the three and hasn’t had the warmest of welcomes because of its youth. Microsoft had to wipe the slate clean and start all over with their play in the smartphone world and they have yet to catch up in terms of software or hardware. Now, with the Mango update they have come quite a bit closer in terms of offering comparable features and services, but still no impressive hardware to back them up. At least, in the US anyway, since Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft there’s been a longing for the smooth curves and soft touch of a Nokia smartphone. With a press invitation that started to hit mailboxes today, that wait might soon be over.
One week from today Nokia and T-Mobile are holding a press event to unveil something “special”. Given that the design of the invitation is very much like the Windows Phone Tiles UI, its possible that this could be the release of the first Nokia Windows Phone in the US. The only curious thing here is why Microsoft wouldn’t be involved in the unveiling of the first in this line of devices, though that could be posturing to make sure it doesn’t look like Nokia is the favorite OEM. Either way the possibility of a Nokia device running Windows Phone is an exciting thought, especially with all the possibilities that lie in the XDA community gets their hands on them. The Nokia hardware is some of the best in the industry in terms of design, I’d love to see what happens once these get played with.___________________