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Nokia (NOK) to Delay Keyboard-Equipped Lumia, Leaves Market Open for BlackBerry (BBRY)

March 1, 2013 9:09 AM EST Send to a Friend

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Looks like BlackBerry (Nasdaq: BBRY) is going to continue its role as sole supplier of QWERTY keyboard-equipped mobile devices. At least, for a while.

Reports have Nokia (NYSE: NOK) eschewing a plan to launch a keyboard-equipped Lumia smartphone. Plans for such a device have not been ruled out, Bloomberg noted this morning.

One executive speaking to Slash Gear said that Nokia was still gauging demand for such a device and that the company doesn't want to be on the "wrong side" of that movement. The exec noted that Nokia receives "a lot" of requests for a device with a keyboard, though that number has been declining recently.

Nokia's Lumia lineup runs on Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows Phone 8 platform.

Comments came from the Mobile World Congress, which is taking place in Barcelona, Spain.

BlackBerry is slated to release its Q10 mobile device in the coming months. The device will be the first to run BlackBerry 10 on a smartphone with a keyboard. BlackBerry's current Z10 runs a touch-only interface. The company has been known in the past as having a strong following of users whom enjoy using a keyboard on their smartphones.

Shares of Nokia are indicated for a lower open Friday.




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