Ain't no party like a Nokia and! The software giant behind Windows Phone and the financially troubled Finnish phone flinger are getting together for a soiree in Germany -- but will the guest of honour be a ?
Nokia plans to launch its first smart phones using Windows Phone software before the end of the year. The launch can't come soon enough: Nokia just announced an, and Windows Phone increasingly looks like Nokia's last chance to stay in the game, as Apple and Android continue to devour the smart phone market.
The party takes place at gaming get-together Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, on 17 August.
Nokia and Microsoft promise a special location, live music, and free booze for party-goers, as well a raffle. A raffle! Sounds like our kind of party, and indeed our console-loving compadres from GameSpot UK will be hitting Gamescom for all the latest gaming news, reviews and videos at gamescom.gamespot.com -- followed by hitting the hottest parties for a few rounds of technically illegal cocktails, Naked Twister and Pin The Tail On The PR.
It'll be a serious letdown if Nokia don't unveil a Windows Phone at the Gamescom event -- otherwise what's the point of the two companies teaming up to host the party? At the same time, we'd have expected Nokia to have a standalone event to launch the new line of phones rather than do it at a gaming conference.
If 17 August is the date we've all been waiting for, it's much sooner than we'd previously thought. Previously, we were expecting the first Nokia Windows Phone devices at Nokia World, the company's annual gathering in London, which isn't until October. Perhaps Nokia and Microsoft will announce the first Windows Phones in August, then show them off in the flesh at Nokia World.
The first hint at the WP7 phone is Nokia's briefly glimpsedprototype, based on the newly announced . Nokia's latest phone is the , running Symbian software, while the latest update to Windows Phone 7.5 -- known as -- has appeared on a . Nokia devices will have Mango built-in from the get-go.
Are you excited about the prospect of a Nokia Windows Phone in just over two weeks? And if a new phone isn't on the cards, what else could Nokia and Microsoft be working on? Stick your party hat on and kick it 'til your shoes fall off in the comments section or on our Facebook page.