Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 11:54 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Nokia has just posted its results for the fourth quarter of 2013 - this is the last set of quarterly results which include the devices division, which has been sold to Microsoft. The parts that remain at Nokia are doing relatively well, but the holiday quarter for Lumia was a letdown.

Exactly how much of a letdown we can't say, since Nokia has - curiously, but tellingly - stopped reporting Lumia sales (update: Nokia has confirmed it sold 8.2 million Lumias). However, they do state that Lumia sales in the fourth (holiday) quarter were down from the third quarter, but up from the year-ago quarter, meaning they sold anywhere between 4.4 and 8.8 million Lumias during the holiday quarter of 2013. Tweakers' Arnoud Wokke has done the math, and concludes Nokia sold between 7.55 and 7.98 million Lumias (update: Nokia has confirmed it sold 8.2 million Lumias). Average selling price dropped again, most likely due to the popularity of the low-end 520. This gives Nokia a smartphone market share of about 2-3%.

All in all, the devices division, with its crashing Asha sales and struggling Lumia sales, was a clear stone around Nokia's neck, kept somewhat afloat by cash injections from Microsoft. However, those injections apparently weren't enough, and by now, we can conclude that Microsoft was effectively forced to step in and buy Nokia's devices division - lest someone else do it.

With this being the last quarter in which Nokia reports on its devices division, an era has come to an end. Now it's up to Microsoft to try and see if they can make something out of the Lumia brand - however, without the Nokia name, that's going to be a very tough sell.

Just ask the Surface department.

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RE[2]: Cheap phones
by WereCatf on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 13:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Cheap phones"
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Sadly, it's all about status, not if the OS is any good ;)

How would you define "good" with regards to kids or the average populace? Easy access to APIs don't mean nothing to them, nor does easy access to stuff outside of walled gardens, nor does access to low-level filesystem specifics -- they have absolutely no use for any of such stuff. On the other hand stability? Well, that's a useful thing for them, and all the current major mobile-OSes are more-or-less stable and solid. Easy access to some popular chat apps? Check. As few viruses and malware-laden apps as possible? Well, there Android actually draws the short stick!

Really, iOS, Android and WP are "good" OSes for the general populace if you just bother to look at them with their needs and wants in mind, not your own. Your ideals and needs and wants don't mean none to them and them being different than the general populace's don't mean the OS ain't "good" for them even if it ain't "good" for you.

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