Nokia – a headless beast

Nokia 6650 foldIt really makes me sad to see Nokia do what it does best for years … shoot itself in the foot, and then smile and brag about it. I have had a few Nokia phones over the years, and it’s always been the same. Nokia creates a great and quality device, Nokia screws up – with either software or far too less memory or processing power that clouds all the other ways in which the device shines. And that’s how they got where they are, and that’s how they’re pushing the stone down the hill still…

I’m talking about the new Nokia – Microsoft partnership. It makes no sense to me. What I always expected, if Nokia was to jump the “sinking” Symbian ship, was that Nokia would start building Android devices. It would make much more sense. Android is a lot more like Symbian than WinPho. Nokia could create its own UI on top of it, and offer their own services through their Android devices, but even others! For example, give their excellent Nokia maps for free with Nokia devices just like they do now, but sell it to other Android users. And the obvious part is – Symbian is, even now, in essence open source in the same way, just like Android is. Development lead and done by a company, source shared with the world. It’s not that selling WinPho devices is bad, but it’s what every other device manufacturer does. Planning to relatively quickly replace most of your own smartphones in the market with new models and your own platform with a third-party one, and while you’re still the market leader… I’m.. stunned.

Articles like Wired’s that announce death of Symbian aren’t completely misleading, because Nokia surely will not completely abandon Symbian in the near future. I just can’t see any other operating system taking its place in small feature phones Nokia still diligently makes. But, if something did irreversibly dismiss Symbian off the playing field and to the small league, I think this is it.

Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems this wasn’t such a great move, and I feel that Nokia brand is further fading, just like its name is fading from this picture below. But hey, at least these two are enthusiastic…

Hey, at least these guys seem happy

The rest will move to Google anyway… Which is not bad.. not bad at all…


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