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No Plans to Launch Android-Powered Nokia Smartphones

by GULLIVER - on Dec 3rd 2012 - No Comments

A few days ago Nokia posted a job on LinkedIn seeking a “Principal Software Engineer, Embedded Linux Middleware,” who would work on “embedded Linux device software and hardware drivers for our exciting new products.” This made people think Nokia is switching to Android, or at least, there will be an Android-powered...

Nokia Pulse to Come to Android and iOS

by GULLIVER - on Feb 20th 2012 - No Comments

Nokia not only produces smartphones, but also software and apps. All in all, Nokia was established as a paper company, and those who judge about Nokia focusing on its fails and only, I have to remind this company is everywhere and in every area of our life. If you don’t believe, I’ll recommend that you recall the first phone you had or the apps you use every day. If my words don’t persuade you, the novelty I am going to introduce to you, will entirely change your attitude. Nokia Pulse known as the social service of Nokia products will be launched for Android and iOS.

As Nokia says, Nokia Pulse is the new way to check in. This app is deeply integrated with Nokia Maps. Besides sharing statuses, photos and links within your close groups, you can also share locations. When the company launched this social app for the MeeGo-based Nokia N9, we wrote an interesting post on it. You can check it out for detailed information.

As for Android and iOS, MeeGo’s example clearly shows it’s not hard for Nokia to create Nokia Pulse for other platforms. I think the company is on the right track, because if it’s something social, it must be available for everyone and work on any platform.


Why Suddenly US Starts Loving Nokia?

by GULLIVER - on Dec 2nd 2011 - No Comments

Superheroes always have their anti-heroes, otherwise their existence becomes senseless. Recall any comics and you’ll see there are always super heroes loved by everyone and evil heroes rejected by the public. And when the main hero triumphs over, the story ends, because the hero can’t go on without a competition — that’s the credo of his life. The same thing happened with Finnish mobile manufacturer, Nokia. This company was leading in all phone markets and lost its glory. At the moment it’s difficult to imagine Nokia was once popular in the US, but it was so and US senior citizens will confirm my words. Anyway, it’s never easy to permanently dethrone a king unless you decapitate him, as he can always come back and turn everything over.

As you guessed, Nokia popped off because it was alone in the long run, in other words Nokia began dying as it always happens with superheroes. Years passed and the public came up with new heroes calling them Apple and Android. Many people started to worship them and many people found a new embodiment of God in them (forgetting their former idol, Nokia).

Apple and Android are the right mapping of our times; the Cupertino-based company is controlling everything in its activity, inside the company everything is planned in details and all people obey. In short, Apple is a perfect example of discipline. On the other hand, we are dealing with Google, which is known for its democratic views, and involves people by its openness. In practice, such projects always succeed and Android wasn’t an exception. As a result Google’s mobile operating system dominates the market and has already conquered half of the world.

Small companies try to preserve their existence in this panorama, and manage to stand the competition. But on the whole, big companies take the lion part. The same was with Nokia (though we can’t call it “a small company,” in this case its popularity doesn’t mean anything). And in the last few years the “once most popular mobile brand in the world” was not being able to get back its glory. Want it or not, Nokia’s back, and people have already started consuming Mango instead of Apple and sweetmeats.

Chapter 1: Discovering the tumor

Yes, Nokia spared no effort to find out why US smartphone users dislike this brand. If this “disliking” referred to the US and only the company would probably decide to leave it in peace and focus on other regions. Sadly though, the tumor spread and the countries where Nokia was once a leader began denying Nokia products.

Nokia forgave its competitors for all these losses, but when European mobile operators started preferring Android- and iOS-based smartphones, Nokia decided to act, i.e. take certain steps. By “steps” I mean the decision Nokia had to make concerning the choice of the operating system its handsets should run to win the battle.

This was the question of the day, because Nokia realized its main problems come from Symbian^3, while it was thought to be the key feature of Nokia smartphones. Beyond doubt, it was hard for Nokia to ban its native platform and choose another one. Moreover, it had a limited choice — either Android or Windows Phone. We even didn’t discuss iOS, because Apple will rather dig its own grave than share iOS with anyone. Well, many people thought Nokia tended to merge with Android — this would be the biggest coalition in the mobile history. But Nokia, as always, preferred to attack on different fronts at a time. (Such a strategy always makes a panic among enemies.) It worked. Nokia decided to treat the disease using several methods simultaneously.

Chapter 2: Getting rid of the disease

Before that Nokia had invited Stephen Elop, who was the president of the Microsoft Business Division at that time. This person is known for his “plain mind’ and the ability to make right decisions in difficult situations. Nokia haters called Elop a mole and assumed he agreed to take up that position to sell the Finnish company to Microsoft.

In contrary to this, Elop sold his shares of Microsoft and completely got involved in Nokia’s problem. There was no time and the “doctor” had to start the surgery immediately. He started.

While many fake friends were waiting for Nokia’s death, those who sincerely believed in Nokia knew it’ll come back.

Secondly, Nokia (no, starting here we must say Stephen Elop) analyzed the opportunities of both operating systems and came to a conclusion Android devices act and look the same. So if Nokia had chosen Google, it’d become the next bucket filling water into Google’s mill. Microsoft was in a more beneficial position as there were no many manufacturers cooperating with it and Nokia had all chances to become its main partner. I guess you understand what it means. Finally their negotiations successfully ended and the world saw one of the biggest unions.

This announcement was made back in April and from that time on the entire mobile world (including Nokia fans) didn’t believe the Finnish company could succeed. Sometimes it seems to me I was the only one who believed in Nokia (not being devoted to it at all).

Now you probably think I’ll say Nokia launched the Lumia 800 and the story ends. I must disappoint you, as Nokia was slier — it announced the Nokia N9. A phone with a stunning and buttonless design, but with one “defect.” A defect called MeeGo. Of course, this is a pretty nice platform, but MeeGo didn’t have future and the N9 is the first and the last smartphone with this operating system. Geeks were gradually getting interested in what phone the whole world was talking about, and wondered when it would be launched. Well, Nokia announced the list where its new flagship should appear. There was joy all around, but many people were more happy for another thing — they wanted this phone to “criticize” Nokia’s product once again. But it didn’t happen as Nokia turned out to be smarter and left out a lot of countries from that  list. As a result, the Nokia N9 went only to those countries, where Nokia remained a leader. Almost the whole Europe and the US were looking forward to the day Nokia would launch the phone in their territory, while Nokia was firm in its decision.

When almost all conversations stopped about why Nokia isn’t offering the N9 in their countries, the company announced its first Windows Phone Mango-flavored design, the Nokia Lumia 800, a phone with the same appearance as the N9, but with Mango inside. Yes, Nokia blew all minds up.

The Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 are smartphones in which nobody can pick holes. They are unique in terms of design and exceed many other smartphones on the market. Plus, WP Mango has come with many improvements and even Android lovers accept the huge job Microsoft developers have done.

Having a perfect product (I mean a high-end smartphone with a perfect OS) both companies started its promotion. I have no wish to introduce sales numbers in the UK or in other countries where this handset is launched, because you know it better than me, but I want to note — Nokia didn’t launch the Lumia 800 in the US. Caprice? Call it however you want, I think this is the most correct strategy — you do not like Nokia, so it’s OK, right?

Chapter 3: New life

Many geeks used to think Nokia has a goal to snatch Android and iOS users, but Stephen Elop is smarter than you think, guys. To clarify the situation, Stephen Elop announced Nokia is aimed at first-time users. Let each platform remain with its users, Nokia will attract those who will hold smartphones in their hands for the first time in their life. Do you know what happened? The second biggest carrier in the US is already in negotiations with Nokia and most likely will offer the Lumia 900 4G next year. Yup, Nokia hit the target!

Plus, Nokia is actively working on Symbian and it will soon launch Belle update. MeeGo is not forgotten as well, and though there are rumors we’ll see other devices running this OS, the N9 remains very popular. Moreover, it has already got PR1.2 update. Not that cool?

Totally, Nokia didn’t make real changes in its devices. I mean if you look at the posts where Nokia’s old and new handsets are compared with the best products on the market, you’ll see their key features are almost the same. They are the following:

  • Stunning style
  • Beautiful screen
  • Great camera
  • Integrated social networking
  • Bing Music
  • Easy browsing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Free sat-nav
  • Powerhouse performance
  • ample storage.

So what can US consumers say against the Nokia Lumia 800? I guess you’ll keep silent, folks, because this handset is perfect.

Nokia to Cooperate with Third-Party Developers onto Windows Phone

by GULLIVER - on Nov 14th 2011 - No Comments

Nokia’s working hard to make its upcoming Windows Phone smartphones as popular as possible. In this regard, Microsoft and Nokia have the same goal, because popular Nokia smartphones mean market share for Microsoft. But it’s more than just a simple market share indicator, because it also means Android and iOS will yield their positions.

Well, earlier we learned that the purpose of Nokia’s cooperation with Microsoft is to make the Finnish company’s high-end smartphones more popular. Thus, Windows Phone must run only on high-end devices. As we see, both companies like what they are doing. Take the latest news, which says Microsoft Apps will become available for Symbian Belle-powered devices. Moreover, the company unveiled the Nokia Lumia 710 at Nokia World 2011 and it is difficult to call it a high-end device. So obviously, this cooperation’s gone deeper than expected.

Now it’s gaining another momentum as Nokia announced it’s going to attract developers to its marketing strategy to help smartphones based on Mango get firmly entrenched in markets where it’s particularly strong (for example, China). This is more than important, because apps have always been one of the main features affecting consumer choice. Apps play an important role, because even if the platform’s a good one the absence of apps can make it completely useless. So I guess the involvement of third-party developers is the right decision.


Nokia N9 Wins Three Nominations in Swedish Gold Mobile Awards

by GULLIVER - on Nov 12th 2011 - No Comments

Though the Nokia N9 is the first and the last MeeGo-based smartphone in the world, it has a long way to pass. The device is not launched in many desirable countries like the UK, France and others, but retailers do their best to bring it to their consumers. Expansys, which is very popular in the globe, has tried something similar and succeeded. As a result, currently the phone is available in the statewide, though it will cost much to buyers. Moreover, the Nokia N9 is currently getting a PR1 update, which includes many bugs fixes and brings the handset to a level up. As you see the Nokia N9 doesn’t stop and every week it causes joy. This time things are more than joyful, because the Nokia N9 has won three nominations in Swedish Gold Mobile Awards.

We know the advantages of the Nokia N9 from top to toe, and there are not so many geeks disliking this phone. I know many Android and iOS fans that don’t mind to get this smartphone. That’s not accidental, because both designers and the developers have done a great work, and now we can enjoy the phone even just holding it in our hands.

Well, that’s enough to praise the Nokia N9, because its prizes say a lot about themselves. The Nokia N9 has won Best design…. Best camera… And…. Best mobile of the year 2011 in Swedish Mobile Awards.” Though it’s a little bit difficult to agree with the camera nomination, but other prizes are quite acceptable. Though when we were comparing the Nokia N8 and Nokia N9 cameras, the latter didn’t yield its older brother.


Nokia Aims at First-Time Smartphone Users

by GULLIVER - on Nov 2nd 2011 - No Comments

We’ve already talked about Nokia’s future plans, which are also very much based on the US. Though it’s very difficult to reach the peak of the glory, Nokia will do its best; the Finnish company’s already been there and felt its taste. This is why these days we have concentrated all our attention on what Nokia‘s doing, what acquisitions it’s making and how much its partners are investing. Another thing that we are very curious of is the strategy Nokia will pursue to fulfill its cherished goal.

Nokia’s good in featured market and is the sole leader there, this is beyond doubt. Nevertheless, mid-range and high-end smartphone market is inhospitable towards Nokia. But things seems to be changing; if earlier Symbian^3 was the main reason for such an attitude, now the company has switched to Windows Phone, so there’s no any real reason.

Well, we all know Nokia’s working hard to involve U.S. carriers; it’s the main task at this moment. But it doesn’t mean Nokia will make an offer, that will make carriers refuse their existing relationships with other manufacturers. On the contrary. Nokia’s Executive Chris Weber said the company is aimed at first-time buyers. I guess that’s a good decision, because regardless of the fact Android is a too complicated platform for smartphone users, those users as well as Android and iOS lovers will hardly ever give it up and go for another operating system, which is less popular, but more effective (while Windows Phone offers easier ways to achieve the level of functionality).

If you’re a Nokia fan (or a neutral smartphone user) let us know whether Nokia has made the right decision or there’s still something missing.


Thoughts on Nokia’s US Strategy

by GULLIVER - on Oct 31st 2011 - No Comments

Nokia has announced its first smartphones running Windows Phone Mango, the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710. We are all aware of it. What we don’t know is how the company will have back its glory. Seems easy? Don’t be mistaken. The days when a phone with a stunning design and a pair of eye catching features was sure to guarantee success for the manufacturer are left in the past. Presently the smartphone market’s growing at the speed of light; the leading software companies monthly release about 50 handsets in different designs, features and for all types consumers. But Nokia has a CEO called Stephen Elop, so let’s try to guess what this man thinks concerning this.

If you wonder, I decided to talk about this inspired by a post written on TechCrunch, and I have some ideas on how Nokia will conquer the US. There are many people who don’t believe and trust in Nokia; these are people whose brain is controlled by Android/iOS. So the first thing to do is to change the attitude towards its products. Look, there are currently only two carriers (AT&T and T-Mobile) in the U.S. offering Nokia’s smartphones, and they are all low-end or mid-range devices. So it’ll be better to involve more and more carriers, retailers and other interested parties.

Second, Nokia shouldn’t focus on backbiting any platform, because that’s a market and there are different companies with different offers. Nokia is one of them and is offering its own products. I believe this will be a good direction for Nokia to take. Of course, it’ll need much money on promoting its smartphones, but it shouldn’t be a big deal considering Microsoft’s announcement. In case you don’t remember, Microsoft announced it’ll spend £20 million on marketing campaign for Nokia phones.

These are just two versions or ideas, call it however you want. I know many of you don’t agree with me, so I wouldn’t mind listening to your ideas.

Stephen Elop Hinted at Windows 8 Tablets

by GULLIVER - on Oct 28th 2011 - No Comments

Yesterday Nokia CEO Stephen Elop gave an interview to This Is My Next and hinted at the potential Nokia-built Windows 8 tablet. Though we have to admit that he didn’t say anything certain, his words were more than just dodging the question he was asked.

When Stephen Elop was asked about Nokia’s role as a consumer electronics brand, he said:

“The user experience of Windows 8 is essentially a supercharged version of the Nokia Lumia experience that you saw on stage today. And you see the parallels and opportunity for commonality from a user perspective. You say wow, this is more than just smartphones, there’s a broader opportunity here. And clearly we see that broader opportunity as well, without specifically commenting on what that may mean in the future.”

Altogether, the topic of the conversation was the idea of a strongly-branded, unified user experience coming by the way of Windows Phone, which is not offered by Android. So when he said Windows 8 is a supercharged Lumia experience, everybody understood that the development process of Windows 8 tablets is underway, and they will be less customizable than, say, Android.

Nokia Music Requires no Registration

by GULLIVER - on Oct 28th 2011 - No Comments

Apple has iTunes, Google will offer Google Music soon and all Android-powered smartphones will use this music service directly from Android Market. And now, Nokia has announced its native service, Nokia Music.

Nokia Music is a radio-based Mix Radio service offering the users a choice of hundred channels. By the way, the channels vary by genre. Unlike other similar services, Nokia’s music service doesn’t require registration or any payment for listening to music. Moreover, each channel offers 50 tracks, but they are refreshed every week. It also has a special channel where you can meet all the new releases.

Nokia’s consumers can even listen to music when out of coverage — the app will cache 200 songs on your device or 4 channels providing two hours of non-stop playback. Nokia Music has a special app, live gigs allowing users to see when their favorite band is playing. Besides, they will learn all the necessary information on where they can purchase tickets from.

This is just one of the many features that make Nokia superior over Apple and Google. We’ll see how this will affect Nokia’s sales numbers.


Almost Half of Symbian Users to Buy WP-Powered Nokia Device

by GULLIVER - on Oct 17th 2011 - No Comments

Nokia’s first smartphones running Windows Phone platform will appear this year. Moreover, the date they will be unveiled is coming closer and the smartphone market’s getting more and more sensitive towards every new announcement Nokia or Microsoft make regarding it. AllAboutSymbian took a poll asking Symbian users how many of them will switch to Windows Phone. Almost half of the respondents said to buy these handsets as their next smartphones.

According to the poll, the 49.22% of Symbian users would consider purchasing a Windows Phone from Nokia. But when we look at the dark side of the moon, we see a huge number of users that will not get a Windows Phone powered device. This is for sure.

Of course, we are dealing with a custom poll, which can’t completely show the actual situation. But let’s not forget that many users are disappointed with Symbian, so if Windows Phone doesn’t offer something attractive and different from it (the same goes for  Android or iOS), they will get their next smartphones taking into account other factors.