Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jul 2012 18:32 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia just posted its quarterly results - including shipped devices - and it's not looking good. Massive losses, sales dropping, and no growth in Lumia sales in the US. The company is losing money hand-over-fist, and with Windows Phone 8 still months away, the company warns the next quarter will be just as bad.
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RE: Will Windows 8 change things?
by ricegf on Sat 21st Jul 2012 16:44 UTC in reply to "Will Windows 8 change things?"
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

A smart strategy (before the Feb 11 debacle) would have been:

* "Symbian Forever" at the low end to keep milking that cash cow

* A wide range of quality Android phones in the middle, with Qt baked in to run newer Symbian apps and keep those loyal Nokia customers when they move up

* A modest number of MeeGo phones led by the lavishly praised N9 at the high end - since it already had Qt, toss in Dalvik for Android apps aka RIM's Playbook for across-the-product-line software compatibility.

That was the winning play.

Instead, Olap trashed Symbian on-stage with Ballmer and promised underwhelming me-too Winphones in just under a year.

What to do now? Well, try to influence whether Google or Microsoft buys you. That's about the only option left AFAICT.

I weep in memory of a once great company.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

S40 is what brought and brings most money. Symbian was hardly a cash cow, just a minor part of what Nokia sold, with quite bad return of investment (seriously, R&D costs for Symbian alone were larger, 2-3 years ago or so, than the entire Apple R&D budget; all for mediocre results) and constantly dwindling unit costs. It was hardly viable already back then.

And "Qt everywhere" sounds nice, but Nokia tried to push people to make Qt apps for Symbian for two years or so, also with a then-solid promise of being able of smoothly move to Maemo/Meego. Hardly any apps resulted, nobody cared.
Things similar to "Qt layer" on top of main OS greatly delay Android upgrades; and here it wouldn't even be in Android-native APIs.

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