In a research note, Avian Securities analyst Matt Thornton says he thinks Nokia is on track to deliver its first touchscreen device, the Tube, in the second half of the year--probably in the fourth quarter. This device, which has been pegged as Nokia's answer to the iPhone, is both Java and Flash-enabled.
Thornton's insight is timely, considering Nokia has been taunted for not having a handset that effectively competes with Apple's 3G iPhone. When Apple CEO Steve Jobs debuted the 3G iPhone earlier this week, he took some swipes at the Finnish manufacturer by pointing out that the iPhone 3G managed to download a website in 21 seconds while the Nokia N95 took 33 seconds to load the same page.
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