Nokia have unveiled their first MeeGo-based smartphone at the Nokia Connection event in Singapore today. The Nokia N9 is also the first ever buttonless mobile device, relying purely on touch input, and will be released sometime “later this year”.
Microsoft will no longer release further iterations of Zune hardware, but will instead concentrate on integrating Zune software and functionality into other devices like the Xbox and those running Windows Phone 7.
As Nokia and Microsoft were announcing their “broad strategic partnership” which will introduce Windows Phone 7 as Nokia’s principle operating system (as widely rumoured) Apple was evading rumors that the company will introduce an entry-level iPhone along with the release of the iPhone 5 this year.
Nokia is “standing on a buring platform” surrounded by innovative competitors and lax production schedule, according to a memo from company head Stephen Elop. In the memo Elop says that Nokia must take a “radical change in behavior ” to survive in the smartphone market.