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Nokia to bring 41 megapixels of its 808 PureView to Windows Phone


Last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world got a taste of the most powerful camera phone that crams 41 whopping megapixels into an 18 mm-thick, or approximately 0.7 inch, device. While the majority of fans were fascinated by the incredibly impressive feature, many were also disappointed to find that the 808 PureView will still run on an updated version of Nokia’s practically defunct operating system, Symbian Belle. Nokia has responded to this by hinting that it plans to bring the camera feature to a more popular OS of Windows Phone in the near future.

Speaking to Finnish journalists, Nokia’s senior vice president Jo Harlow said PureView will eventually will be adapted to its Lumia models which already run on the Windows phone operating system.

“We’ve been working on this technology for some time, with the intention to mature and commercialise it to take it across our portfolio,” she said. “I can’t say precisely when, but it will not take very long.”

Harlow also admitted the 808 PureView was launched as a way to confirm “significant short term investments in Symbian,” before likely realizing this decision would be the phone’s only major downfall. The original Belle version of the 808 PureView is slated to launch in May, with prices still currently unannounced.

The transition from Nokia Belle to Windows Phone will likely make Lumia phones much more attractive than they previously were, especially to those who want to give the operating system a try. It’s a smart and logical move by Nokia, who should design all their devices to run on Windows Phone as a flagship OS to dominate the market against HTC.

But Lumia phones have generally been on a rather budget-friendly range, so the addition of PureView technology may bump up the retail value to rival high-end Android devices or the iPhone. After all, PureView contains more megapixels than some DSLR cameras on the market today, and even the camera industry has not found a way to make DSLRs a bit more portable.

While Windows Phone remain less popular than its iOS or Android counterparts, the operating system still offers an extremely clean, functional and fresh look much like those of the new Windows 8 platform. Fans of the new Windows look could feel convinced to use the same OS across all their gadgets for uniform’s sake, hoping for something similar to Apple’s cloud capabilities. The Windows look is also available on Xbox 360’s new interface, while Android has yet to venture into its own computer OS but has tablets such as the Kindle Fire running a customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

All of this leaves us wondering: What’s the most important criteria for you when choosing a gadget’s operating system? Will higher camera megapixels, such as the PureView, matter enough to make you switch from one OS to another?