Nokia has just seeded the whole smartphone & tablet market to Android. Microsoft will never deliver a viable mobile platform. iOS, Blackberry, WebOS, and Windows Mobile are destined for niche player status.
I know many religious users of high end Nokia phones, but not one who'd ever use Windows Mobile. Nokia would've fared far better as a late entry into the Android market. All their current high end users will now migrate to Android, leaving them only their new Microsoft fans.
Echoing Blazecock Pileon: this seems like the last, best shot for Nokia to have any significant part in where mobile communications is going over the next decade or two.
So not only does the new plan bless Nokia’s internal confusion by breaking the company in half, one of the daughter units (“Mobile Phones”) has two incompatible missions, one of which (the smartphone end) is at cross-purposes with the other daughter unit (“Smart Devices”). Another indicator of the those cross-purposes that both units have missions involving Symbian. So, which unit is going to own the Symbian codebase? Are they going to fork it? [...]
[T]he only level on which this dog’s breakfast of trying to do everything at once makes any sense is if Elop wants to preserve that possibility [of a fifth platform, presumably Android]. Could we be looking at a clever scheme to collect transfer payments from Microsoft with one hand (“Smart Devices”) while the other hand makes the real running with low-cost Android smartphones? I don’t know – but one thing to keep an eye on will be relative staffing levels. If most of the talent and the bodies go to Mobile Phones, might be the actual goal is for Microsoft to be taken for a subsidy-sucking ride by Smart Devices, buying time and capital for the other business unit.
There are other mobile ecosystems. We will disrupt them.
There will be challenges. We will overcome them.
Success requires speed. We will be swift.
And it has this great dinky video with Elop talking about this change as a dinky GarageBand loop plays.
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