Nokia may once again extend its reach beyond phones, as the company’s CEO has made it clear that a tablet is a real possibility.
In an interview this morning with ABC News, Stephen Elop said,
“We have not announced any tablets, but I think the opportunity is very clear. People today increasingly are looking for a common digital experience between their smartphone and tablet, with a PC, and with their gaming platform, and so there’s clearly an opportunity across there. This is something that we’re looking at very closely.”
A Tale of Two Windows
Smartphones from Nokia run Windows Phone, which Microsoft specifically created for this class of devices. Unlike Apple iOS or Google Android, Windows Phone can’t be extended to run on a tablet.
So if the Finnish phone maker decides to offer a tablet, it would have use Windows 8. It would most likely choose Windows RT, the version of this operating system that has been modified to run on ARM-based processors, rather than x86 ones.