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  • Nokia looks to re-enter mobile business  [View news story]
    Exactly . Alcatel make phones already , check the Flash Plus
    Jul 14, 2015. 09:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Strong N1 Tablet Sales Confirm Nokia's Global Brand Appeal  [View article]
    Nokia still has expertise in the design of phones , if not in tablets . They still own all the patents . And they can hire good engineers , Microsoft has fired so many of them . On manufacturing and marketing , I agree .
    Besides Apple do the same , with the same company Foxconn , and see how successful they are . As long as the product is of good quality , it does not matter who manufactures it .
    Jan 10, 2015. 09:03 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Strong N1 Tablet Sales Confirm Nokia's Global Brand Appeal  [View article]
    The past mistake by Nokia , besides the "burning platform" stunt was not to produce Windows phones , it was to manufacture ONLY Windows phones and get tied up with a company itself on a learning curve and lacking OS upgrades for far too long . A frequent occurrence in business partnership when one of the partner or both are trying new things , the other one suffers , nothing unusual . But past is past as long as mistakes are not repeated . Now I believe that Nokia has the correct business strategy and well if Windows 10 and maybe Windows phone 10 ??? prove to be successful , we could see also new Nokia Windows tablets and Nokia windows phone besides Nokia Android phones (after 2015) and android tablet . Not with WP current 5% market share of course . In the immediate , the important thing was not to let the Nokia brand name disappear in the consumer market and adopting an OS that has 80% market share for now was the best way to do that . I am glad to see good sales for the N1
    Jan 10, 2015. 08:56 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia unveils Android launcher app  [View news story]
    So true.....
    Jun 19, 2014. 06:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Sends A Message To Microsoft  [View article]
    @ Mark
    Very good article , thank you . I also mentioned in a recent post the possibility that Microsoft might be scuttling the deal with Nokia under MFST new CEO . Unlikely but possible . We will have to wait until end March . If that happens Nokia would get USD750 mils from Microsoft . This would be bad news for Nokia and especially for Nokia employees and us Nokia shareholders .
    As for the X series android phones , I would find strange that MFST was not aware of it at all , does not mean they had to approve it . It could be interesting for MFST and Nokia when and if the deal goes through to be abble to have Android phones running Here , Skype , free Office 365 , and One drive . Perhaps that is not technicaly possible on Asha Phones . Anyway let's wait and see .
    Mar 2, 2014. 08:43 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft ups Windows mobile reach; Nokia launches Android phones  [View news story]
    The most likely scenario is that those new Nokia android phones are released with the blessing of Microsoft . As Andreas highlighted WP8 market share is stalling , hardly surprising given that that OS improvement must be Microsoft last priority at least so far , then Android has 75% market share , 42% of it in China alone so can't be ignored , and then those 35,000 Nokia employees transferring to Microsoft must be kept busy somehow . Nokia is still number two worldwide in total number of phones sold that could significantly help them , I mean Microsoft , to regain market share . Another possible though unlikely scenario is that the Microsoft B.O.D is postponing if not cancelling the deal , could that be possible ?
    Feb 24, 2014. 11:03 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung extends smartphone crown  [View news story]
    Looking at the war of OS , I think that Microsoft/Nokia have the potential for the highest growth if they can add more apps . Apple makes good phones by now no doubt , but price remain an obstacle . Compared to MS/Nokia even an iPhone 4S where I live is
    still more expensive then a Lumia 925 which has a larger screen and much better camera .Buying Apple is buying the ecosystem first ... the apps ....
    Android has a huge appeal especially to young people because of its almost infinite capability for customisation and its open system philosophy. But the cost of this is complexity of use , malware and bugs in apps causing the phone to freeze ,squandering of hardware ressources ( bloatware ), fragmentation that affects upgrades ,and so on . More an OS for would be geek then a tool for business where dependability is key .
    Faced with those 2 , MS/Nokia offers the best compromise . Robust OS , fluid and speedy , no fragmentation , best use of hardware ressources at every price point from the 520 entry level to the upcoming 929 very high end . With more apps on the way , Vine and Instagram added recently , we should see MS/Nokia continue its meteoric growth .
    Nov 16, 2013. 02:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung extends smartphone crown  [View news story]
    Thank you Hope128
    Nov 16, 2013. 01:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Samsung extends smartphone crown  [View news story]
    Samsung has an horrible business ethics and I will never buy anything from them . As for Android 80% market share 41% of it comes from China and Chinese don't have access to google services so google can't make money there . Chinese phone work on Baidu instead . Meaning google android has 48% market share , Baidu 32% market share , total 80% .
    Nov 15, 2013. 11:27 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will This Company Grab Nokia's Phone Business From Microsoft?  [View article]
    For your information , I am French and since 1997 I have only used Nokia. Yes exactly Nokia high end Symbian phones in 2009/2010 were way under reasonable expectation , not enough memory , CPU underpowered , cheap casing . The mid and low range were very good . I may be Nokia fan but am not a blind cheerleader . You have no proof that had Elop not been CEO things would have been any different , Under OPK Symbian market share went south from 65% to 30% but that's ok right ? And at a time when iphone or Samsung were only starting , so opposition was not strong ..... Yet ... Symbian under elop was just going down the same way as before. . Yes Nokia was crumbling when Elop took over, they still had cash but going down more more . So ok his memo had some effects and was not diplomatic but saying that his memo was responsible for the demise of D&S is grossly exaggerated . Anyway we must agree to disagree . Salut .
    Nov 15, 2013. 10:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will This Company Grab Nokia's Phone Business From Microsoft?  [View article]

    and one more thing : you have no idea how low Nokia had gone on their smartphones not lower end feature phones prior to Elop joining . Perhaps you should read the Nokia discussion boards in 2010 . I had an E75 , was very very slow every 2 weeks it ran out of.memory , the casing was falling apart , the keys on the sliding keyboard were breaking , in short it was a piece of junk only the software was good . And a friend had an E75 as well , for him when receiving a message or call from X it was displayed from someone else Y . Tell you this without the billions of MFST, Nokia D&S was dead in 2011 courtesy of OPK .
    Nov 14, 2013. 10:45 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will This Company Grab Nokia's Phone Business From Microsoft?  [View article]

    Elop did not say the burning memo was an error , he said it had some effect . But Symbian was rapidly falling anyway . The memo main effect was more on developers not so much on sales as 99% of Nokia customers don't read this kind of news , it was not the Cuban missile crisis , right ?
    You have seen the curves on the decline of Symbian that predated
    the arrival of Elop . You are putting all the blame on Elop but the bottom line is that Nokia was mortally wounded due to OPK previous stewardship and Elop or no Elop wouldn't had changed much . And then there was the feature phone issue . To his credit Elop did a proper restructuration The WP strategy had been decided by the BOD , maybe it was a mistake but I don't think so .
    Now maybe Elop was not perfect but put it squarely , I don't think anyone would had done much better with the same deck of cards.
    Nov 14, 2013. 10:16 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will This Company Grab Nokia's Phone Business From Microsoft?  [View article]

    Yes we will see how Tizen takes off . In my opinion if Samsung abandon Android , it will mean their phone division collapse , just like BB . Unless they sell their tizen phones to gullible Asians pretending it's Android. With Samsung any cheating is possible .
    Nov 13, 2013. 07:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will This Company Grab Nokia's Phone Business From Microsoft?  [View article]

    Thank you . Let me look at numbers only on S60 which I agree is the Symbian we are interested in .
    a) Elop , burning platform memo , was by no mean saying that Symbian was "terrible" . The statement was that other OS , namely Android and IOS were gaining market share and Symbian was loosing market share and it was time to change that . That statement and the official announcement of Nokia partnering with Microsoft in Feb2011 was just an acknowledgment of a situation that existed before Elop joined as CEO and was soon followed by a statement that Nokia will continue to support Symbian . In fact Symbian phones were still sold after Feb 2011 and in Q2 2011 sold almost 24 millions units .
    b) I can see that Nokia Symbian smartphone sales were rising throughout 2010 peaking Q4 2010 with the release of the N8 and E8 , I suppose . Here you may have a point . But how long would that have lasted without a proper ecosystem ? And those phones were still sold , I repeat again , after Nokia marriage with Microsoft .
    I believe the BOD and their hired gun Elop saw the writing on the wall , .. that sooner or later Symbian would die fighting Android and IOS , so they did not kill Symbian , they just got an alternative solution . ... and funding from Microsoft . They had to make a decision . Why they did not choose Android is stated in one word : Samsung . Looking at HTC and Motorola today , they were arguably right .
    c) Certainly the N9 and Meego were good phone and OS but Meego had no ecosystem and the N9 was Android Trojan horse at Nokia . Given the stated policy of cooperation with Microsoft that was not acceptable .
    Windows phone had a small market share and still has though much lesser so , look now , more then 10% in Europe , and growing in the US . In the US , the bastion of Apple , one in 4 customer choose a Windows phone over an IPhone .. Not bad . In few Europe countries WP beats IOS in market share .
    As I said Nokia collapse in feature phones sales (and Symbian sales) , because of cheap androids , did not give them the profitability to wait .
    But don't say Elop killed Symbian , he did not . Android and IOS did
    Nov 12, 2013. 02:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will This Company Grab Nokia's Phone Business From Microsoft?  [View article]
    Hey Logic

    I disagree on few points. let me explain to you why
    A) It is Nokia BOD who decided to implement the alliance with Microsoft , and they hired Elop to implement the policy . Do you think Nokia BOD chose someone working at Microsoft by chance ? Blaming Elop is like blaming the gun for a murder rather then the murderer instead.
    B) Symbian or Nokia had still 30% market share when Elop joined . Yes sure but on which phones ? The low end phones S40 not the high end S60 on the E series or N series . And you know why ?Because OPK had been using the same processor for the entire range of Nokia phones to make stupid savings. So low and mid range Nokia were excellent and responsible for the vast majority of Nokia 30% market share . Was this range ditched by Elop ? No .
    It was not . You can still buy Asha right ,? What Elop ditched instead was the high end Nokia , those were underpowered , lagging memory and were not selling . I know , I had an E 75 , wonderful software S60 , very underperforming hardware .
    C) Meego was never started seriously ,nor for the unique Nokia running on Meego the N9's the sales publicized . So we don't know . In any case Meego had a very poor ecosystem even by Symbian standard.
    D) android ? The choice offered by Microsoft and perhaps Google was probably their OS exclusively certainly in the case of Microsoft in return for cash injection of 1billion and change in Nokia . Besides who is making money on android besides Samsung ? Nobody . Oh yeah Sony and LG make 50 mils per quarter , outstanding , I am impressed ... but that is not profit , that's 200 mils per year one fifth of what Nokia got from Microsoft per year . Nokia on android would have been crushed by Samsung on the high end and by Chinese Indians on the low end as simple as that .
    E) with hindsight going with Microsoft was almost certainly the right decision , at the end Nokia failed because their symbian feature phones sales went south and that is what made them unprofitable . not because of windows phone .
    Of course you may not agree but that's ok
    Nov 11, 2013. 11:30 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment