After supply chain problems, Nokia ships E7 smartphoneNokia's Symbian software was recently knocked from its perch as the most popular operating system for smartphones by Google's Android. This week Nokia will launch the E7 phone, which the company hopes will help it regain market share it lost after supply chain disruptions halted shipments of its newest smartphone offering.

The world's biggest cell phone maker by volume, Nokia last postponed the delivery of its E7 in December in order "to ensure the best possible user experience," the company said in a statement. The E7 is similar to the company's flagship N8 model, but has full slideout keyboard, The New York Times reports.

Nokia has a lot riding on its latest launch: According to many analysts, the E7 and its previously released N8 model contain the company's newest version of the Symbian operating software. Nokia began shipping the E7 the past few days and company executives affirmed that consumers would be able to purchase the smart phone by the end of this week.

Nokia's supply chain has been a source of contention at the company. Nokia recently replaced its chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo with Stephen Elop from Microsoft after a slate of weak product offerings and continued delays resulting from a segmented supply chain hurt the company's profit margins.  
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