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Nokia: Keep Your Hands to Yourself

10:14 AM -- BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress -- Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s answers to questions about touch-screen devices at its press conference today were pretty revealing, even if the vendor didn't say a whole lot.

Nokia is due to launch a touch-screen user interface for its Series 60 operating system in the second half of this year. This would likely mean it will be a year or more before the vendor can introduce touch-screen phones.

CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo declared himself "happy" with Nokia's touch-screen roadmap. Meanwhile, software head Niklas Savander had already said that the vendor didn't want to introduce "gimmicky" touch-screen devices.

This is the problem Nokia faces with touch-screen devices. It doesn't want to be seen to be merely following in Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s footprints but can't avoid touch if other major rivals are also working on the technology, which they are.

Plus, the vendor has many more different phones and gizmos to make touch work with if it plans a widespread launch across Series 60-compatible devices. Savander says that for some devices a touch-screen interface will work, on some it won't, and some might need a just a taste of touch in the UI.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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