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Nokia's Health division is up for sale (again) and Nest is interested • Wareable
Hugh Langley:
<p>Nokia is close to finalizing a sale of its Health division, which is made up mostly of the assets of Withings, the company it acquired in 2016.

Among the interested potential bidders is Nest, the Alphabet smart home subsidiary currently being merged back into Google, according to sources familiar with the matter. Two French companies and one other non-European company are also said to be in the running, as reported by French news outlet Les Echos.

However, following the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a political data firm accessed private information of up to 87 million Facebook users, the French government is concerned that a sale to Google in the current climate could be received badly, say sources.</p>


Nokia never quite figured out what to do with Withings, despite spending €170m on it, <a href="https://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2016/04/26/nokia-plans-to-acquire-withings-to-accelerate-entry-into-digital-health">acquired</a> "to accelerate entry into Digital Health". Its smartphone project had died, and thus it had no convincing consumer-facing business. Whose bad idea was it? Let's rewind to that press release:
<p>"We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market," said Rajeev Suri, president & CEO of Nokia.</p>


Might not want to count on this year's bonus, Rajeev. No way Nokia is getting €170m back on this sale.
nokia  withings 
april 2018 by charlesarthur
I miss Windows Phone • The Verge
Tom Warren revived a Windows Phone he had for an April Fool's joke, and then realised he quite like what he had given up in 2014:
<p>Live Tiles were one of Windows Phone’s most unique features. They enabled apps to show information on the home screen, similar to the widgets found on Android and iOS. You could almost pin anything useful to the home screen, and Live Tiles animated beautifully to flip over and provide tiny nuggets of information that made your phone feel far more personal and alive. I’m hopeful that Apple will eventually take the Live Tiles concept, or even one that was designed for iOS 8, and bring it to the iPhone. Widgets just aren’t enough. Rumors suggest Apple is planning to refresh the iOS home screen soon, so there’s hope that iOS might move away from its static and dull home screen.

Outside of the design features, there was plenty more that showed how Microsoft was truly innovative with Windows Phone. The software keyboard is still far better than the defaults on iOS and Android, and Microsoft even added a tracing option that let you swipe to write words like many Android keyboards do now. The Windows Phone keyboard always felt accurate, at a time when Apple was struggling with its iOS autocorrect.</p>

Trouble is that Windows Phone's principal role was to provide a triangulation against iOS and Android: it wasn't either of them and it did things neither of them did. It was also the most colossal money pit, which burnt through Nokia's mobile division (cost: $1.3bn in losses) and then Microsoft (way past $5bn, probably much more, in losses and writeoffs).

See also ex-Microsoftie Charlie Kindel's <a href="https://ceklog.kindel.com/2011/12/26/windows-phone-is-superior-why-hasnt-it-taken-off/">writeup in 2011 of why it wasn't going to work</a>. (Kindel, who has long since moved to Amazon, said on Twitter this weekend that he stands by his analysis.)
nokia  windowsphone 
april 2018 by charlesarthur
Nokia might give up on wearables (updated) • Engadget
Rachel England:
<p>Less than two years after spending millions repositioning itself in the consumer health market, Nokia has announced a strategic review of its digital health business which comes after news that the company could shed up to 425 jobs in its home country of Finland. Nokia acquired French fitness tracker manufacturer Withings for $191m in 2016 as part of its new digital health strategy WellCare, which is not dissimilar to Apple's HealthKit. The deal came amid a spate of acquisitions by Nokia, buoyed by investment from Microsoft following their Windows Phone agreement.

But despite the company's confident move into the health market, it wrote down $175m of goodwill on the business in the third quarter of 2017, which essentially means Withings' net assets weren't as valuable as Nokia initially thought. Nokia has tried to replicate Withings' previous accomplishments, but what works for a small French startup has clearly not worked for a conglomerate with expectations of huge success. And, there's less demand for wearables now than when they first landed - by the time Nokia got involved, Apple already had a firm hold on the market.</p>

Not necessarily withdrawal, but looks a lot like it.
Nokia  wearables 
february 2018 by charlesarthur
Nokia sells 4.4m smartphones in Q4 2017, surpassing OnePlus, Google and others • Tech Radar
Sudhanshu Singh:
<p>The 4.4 million figure puts Nokia at the 11th position in the list of companies with highest market share. This also means that Nokia sold more phones in the last quarter than a lot of other popular brands. Some of the companies that sold lesser smartphones that Nokia are: Google, HTC, Sony, Alcatel, Lenovo, OnePlus, Gionee, Meizu, Coolpad and Asus.</p>

Amazing. And it sold 20.7m featurephones (over 2017, one assumes.) In total sales - smartphone plus featurephone - it was in 6th spot, with 5% market share. The power of a brand.

The Google Pixel sold 3.9m, since you ask.
smartphone  Nokia 
february 2018 by charlesarthur
Nokia plans to cut up to 310 jobs, halt VR camera development • Reuters
Jussi Rosendahl:
<p>Nokia plans to reduce up to 310 jobs from its Nokia Technologies unit and halt development of its virtual reality camera “OZO” and hardware, the Finnish company said on Tuesday.

The unit has about 1,090 employees and the potential cuts are expected to affect staff in Finland, the United States and Britain. Nokia employed about 102,000 employees as of end-June.

The unit will continue to focus on digital health and patent and brand licensing business, Nokia said.

“The slower-than-expected development of the VR market means that Nokia Technologies plans to reduce investments and focus more on technology licensing opportunities,” it said in a statement.</p>


In other news, IDC <a href="https://twitter.com/fjeronimo/status/917341525956231170">says</a> the company sold a grand total of 1.5m Nokia-branded phones in the first half of 2017. Its <a href="https://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2017/10/10/nokia-focuses-on-patent-brand-and-technology-licensing-and-targets-faster-growth-in-digital-health-with-sharpened-strategy-for-nokia-technologies">new focus</a>: "digital health" following its acquisition of Withings. Wish them luck.
nokia 
october 2017 by charlesarthur
Apple agreed to pay €1.7bn to Nokia for patents • Nokiamob
"Stipe":
<p>In <a href="http://nokiamob.net/2017/07/27/q2-17-nokia-beats-forecasts-technologies-up-90-on-yearly-basis/">today’s financial results</a>, Nokia mentioned that it had increased cash inflow thanks to an “up-front cash payment of approximately EUR 1.7 billion, part of which was recognized in the second quarter 2017 results.” When Nokia announced back in May that it settled all litigation with Apple, they also said that they will update its capital structure optimization program, as one reader pointed out, which means Apple agreed to pay a big one-time amount.

We contacted Nokia to confirm if the “up-front cash payment of €1.7bn ($2bn) (of which a part was recognized in Q2 results)” is from Apple, and Nokia’s PR team confirmed that and invited us to join the investor webcast at 2pm CEST here for more details.

We can conclude that Nokia scored a good deal with Apple.</p>


Nokia confirmed it's from Apple in the conference call. Hardly as if Apple can complain the amount is confidential, given its size and those involved.
apple  nokia  patent 
july 2017 by charlesarthur
Xiaomi goes old school to reclaim smartphone crown in China • Bloomberg
<p>Xiaomi Corp. pioneered an online flash-sales model that lifted it to dizzying heights and made it Asia’s most valuable startup, but it’s since fallen on hard times. Now it’s counting on old-fashioned retail to make a comeback, and that’s proving a much stiffer challenge. 

The smartphone maker is going through a major transformation after missed targets prompted a bout of soul-searching by billionaire co-founder Lei Jun. From Harbin in the chilly northeast to glitzy eastern Shanghai, it aims to build 1,000 “Mi Homes” by 2019 - about twice Apple Inc.’s global store count - that will rake in an envisioned 70 billion yuan ($10bn) in sales by 2021.

Xiaomi - which has no real track record running stores or armies of sales reps - wants to set an upmarket tone for its brand by building its own signature outlets. But it’s taking on surging rental and labor costs, while rivals Huawei, Oppo and Vivo have sewn up prime locations by striking deals with hundreds of thousands of resellers.</p>


Oh suuure Xiaomi can make retail outlets work. Suuuuuure.

In related news: Xiaomi <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/nokia-chinas-xiaomi-sign-patent-053759497.html">signed a patent deal with Nokia</a>. It's a cross-licensing deal, apparently, though I'd think the money mostly goes to Nokia.

Upshot: Xiaomi's smartphone margins just got worse, and I don't think they were necessarily that great to start with.
xiaomi  retail  nokia  patent 
july 2017 by charlesarthur
Nokia sues Apple for infringing technology patents • Reuters
<p>Nokia Corp said on Wednesday it had filed a number of lawsuits against Apple Inc for violating 32 technology patents.

The lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding.

"Since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple's products," Nokia said in a statement.</p>


This story brought to you by the year 2011.
nokia  apple  patents 
december 2016 by charlesarthur
Nokia's phone brand lives again • Counterpoint Technology
Neil Shah:
<p>featurephones will sell more than 350m units this year globally, and close to 300m units next year - close to US$6bn in revenue opportunity.

Currently, Nokia-branded featurephone business [being sold by Microsoft] has close to 11% share of this market, from a peak of 34% before Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices business.

<img src="http://www.counterpointresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Global-FP-Market-Share.png" width="100%" />

To get back to 25% level would be the mid-term goal for HMD which is in turn around a billion dollar in revenues.

The featurephone business will bring in cash flow to launch an “Android” based smartphone portfolio in 2017.

Close partnership with the number one mobile phone manufacturer in the world, Foxconn (FIH), brings greater scale, manufacturing advantage from start and will be pivotal to smartphone portfolio resurrection.</p>


Just for context - more than a billion smartphones will be sold this year, at prices on average much higher than for featurephones ($20 average selling price). Would love to know the profit margin.
nokia  featurephone 
december 2016 by charlesarthur
Blackberry: meditation at the grave • Medium
Jean-Louis Gassée:
<p>I realize that this is easy, after-the-fact theorizing, but technology didn’t kill Nokia. Human error did. This wasn’t “seeing but not seeing”, as in BlackBerry’s case; Stephen Elop’s memo shows he clearly understood the war of ecosystems and the need to jump to another platform. But he made an incomprehensible mistake: He Osborned Nokia.

Turning to Redmond, we don’t have to look far for the cause of the failure of the Windows Phone platform. Initially, Android’s aim was to prevent a Microsoft monopoly in the smartphone space by creating an OS that wasn’t just more competent than Windows Mobile (an aging Windows CE derivative), it was free. This killed any hope for Microsoft to build a smartphone licensing business. The company improved its mobile operating system (now called Windows Phone), but was never able to get a licensee of any size.

Today, Microsoft’s handset business is effectively nonexistent. For the future, company execs loftily say they’re going to focus on phones for enterprise, a ‘paradigm shift’ that they are betting will make Windows 10 Mobile competitive.

Neither technology nor humans are to blame here. Failure came from an insurmountable business model obstacle.</p>


History now shows that the table stakes for developing a competitive mobile OS are about a billion dollars. (You can extract those numbers from HP's acquisition of webOS from Palm, from BlackBerry's BB10 efforts, and probably somewhere in Microsoft's accounts.) But that's only the beginning; then you need handsets that will run it, and a broader strategy to build an ecosystem that will act as a virtuous circle. Get it wrong, and the writedowns are multiple billions. The downside is far greater than the initial cost (though the upside is, hey, an ecosystem).

Question now is which other platforms will demonstrate this. Wearables? IoT? AI assistants?
blackberry  ecosystem  nokia 
october 2016 by charlesarthur
New Nokia smartphones confirmed for Q4 2016 • AndroidAuthority
Rob Triggs:
<p>The company didn’t spill any details about the specifications of its upcoming smartphones and tablets, nor their targeted price points. However, a rumor that appeared earlier in the year suggests that Nokia is planning two premium phones, which will be powered by Android 7.0 Nougat. The Nokia smartphones are reported to feature 5.2 and 5.5-inch QHD OLED displays, a Snapdragon 820 processor, a 22.6MP camera, and a metal body with water and dust resistance.

Along with high-end smartphones, HMD is expected to unveil two new Nokia feature phones in the next six months. Nokia also completed a $191m acquisition of Withings in May, opening up an avenue into the connected halth market. Clearly Nokia is working to get itself back into the smartphone game, but are you excited to see what the company has to offer after all this time?</p>


So this time Nokia *is* going to go Android. Let's see how that goes.
nokia  smartphone 
august 2016 by charlesarthur
Why is the Nokia 105 cellphone a favourite among ISIS fighters? » NBC News
Alexander Smith:
<p>The must-have cellphone for ISIS fighters in Iraq doesn't have apps or a camera, and ships for less than $30.

The small and simple Nokia model is frequently used as a trigger device to set off ISIS' improvised explosive devices, known as IEDs, according to a <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/most-isis-bombs-built-civilian-components-researchers-n525426">Conflict Armament Research report</a> released last month.

As part of a study looking at civilian components in ISIS bombs, CAR documented 10 of the phones captured from members of the terror group in Iraq in December 2014.

The research showed the terror group "consistently" used the Nokia 105 above all others "in the manufacture of a specific type of remote controlled IED."

Two phones are used in the bomb-making process: one to call the other, which then sends a signal to a circuit board and sparks the explosion.

There are plenty of other cheap, durable phones with long battery life that ISIS fighters could use — and yet this particular model, also branded as the Microsoft Mobile 105 after the tech giant bought Nokia in 2014, shows up again and again.</p>


I'm sure there'll be widespread condemnation of Microsoft for aiding terrorists any moment now.
isis  nokia 
march 2016 by charlesarthur
Nokia's Ozo VR camera marks a rebirth for the phone giant » WIRED
Maurizio Pesce:
<p>The Ozo is set to be unveiled on November 30 in Los Angeles, and expected to cost around $50,000. That’s about three times the price tag of the GoPro Odyssey. However, while the GoPro’s footage must still be assembled in laborious post-production processes, the Ozo can generate a full 360-degree stereoscopic video in real time. Thanks to HD-SDI connections on the body, the camera can stream 1.5 Gbps of compressed RAW footage to store data from the streams from the eight lens, broadcast full 360-degree panoramic video, and also stream a low-res feed for monitoring. The camera is Wi-Fi enabled, too, allowing filmmakers to control the system remotely in real time while shooting.

Nokia’s bold move into virtual reality is a clear statement that the Finns are still alive, and that they’re more interested in the projected $150bn dollar VR industry than they are in the mobile handset industry.</p>


It's less a "rebirth" - Nokia's network business has been doing OK - than a new direction, but the point about the VR industry compared to the handset business is a good one. And this is clearly aimed at content producers, a smart move.

So... when does Apple update Final Cut Pro to handle VR? Or will it introduce something entirely new?
nokia  ozo  vr 
december 2015 by charlesarthur
Who killed Nokia? Nokia did » INSEAD Knowledge
Quy Huy, INSEAD Professor of Strategy and Timo Vuori, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Aalto University:
<p>Nokia’s fall from the top of the smartphone pyramid is typically put down to three factors by executives who attempt to explain it: 1) that Nokia was technically inferior to Apple, 2) that the company was complacent and 3) that its leaders didn’t see the disruptive iPhone coming.

We argue that it was none of the above. As we have <a href="http://knowledge.insead.edu/strategy/what-could-have-saved-nokia-and-what-can-other-companies-learn-3220">previously asserted</a>, Nokia lost the smartphone battle because of divergent shared fears among the company’s middle and top managers led to company-wide inertia that left it powerless to respond to Apple’s game changing device.

In a <a href="http://knowledge.insead.edu/sites/www.insead.edu/files/images/asq_2015_print_vuori_huy_distributed_attention_and_shared_emotions_in_innovation_process.pdf">recent paper</a>, we dug deeper into why such fear was so prevalent. Based on the findings of an in-depth investigation and 76 interviews with top and middle managers, engineers and external experts, we find that this organisational fear was grounded in a culture of temperamental leaders and frightened middle managers, scared of telling the truth.</p>


Ex-Nokia people on Twitter disagree pretty strongly. And it's hardly as if Apple was led by a gentle consensus-seeking always-relaxed paragon. (We don't know how frightened its middle managers are/were, either.)
apple  nokia  smartphone 
september 2015 by charlesarthur
Microsoft takes $7.6bn Nokia writedown and cuts 7,800 jobs » FT.com
Richard Waters and Richard Milne with the collateral damage:
The job cuts will include 2,300 of the 3,200 remaining Nokia handset workers in its home country of Finland, adding to a decline in the pulp and paper industry that has led some to dub it the new “sick man” of Europe as unemployment and public debt levels have risen.

Microsoft took on 25,000 workers with the acquisition in April last year, inflating its headcount to 128,000. By the end of March this year it had cut its workforce back to about 119,000.

“In practice, this means the end of Nokia’s old business in Finland,” Juha Sipilä, the country’s prime minister, told a hastily-convened press conference on Wednesday. The situation is so serious in the country, which has been mired in recession for the past three years, that the new centre-right government has called for an extra budget in September to help the affected workers.


Also in the story:
“It’s a repudiation of the Ballmer strategy to buy Nokia,” said Ken Dulaney, an analyst at Gartner. Microsoft should have acquired BlackBerry instead to focus on its core business users, he added — a strategy that the company backed on Wednesday, as Mr Nadella announced a narrowing of the handset division’s focus to making handsets for workers and a smaller number of “flagship” devices.


Yes: Microsoft really should have bought BlackBerry. Wouldn't have cost much more, and would have been a valuable asset adding to what it's trying to do. Love to know the discussions that happened, or didn't, over that.
microsoft  nokia  blackberry 
july 2015 by charlesarthur
September 2013: The deal that makes no sense » Stratechery
Ben Thompson, back in September 2013:
Early this morning Microsoft acquired Nokia for €3.79 billion (plus €1.65 billion for patents). It is a deal that makes no sense.

While industry observers love to pontificate about mergers and acquisitions, the reality is that most ideas are value-destroying. It is far better to form an alliance or partnership; most of the benefits, none of the costs.

A partnership similar, in fact, to the one formed just two years ago between Microsoft and Nokia.

From Microsoft’s perspective, that was a brilliant deal; Matt Drance <a href="http://www.appleoutsider.com/2011/02/11/nokia/">characterized</a> it as “Microsoft Buys Nokia for $0B,” and he wasn’t far off. The premier pre-iPhone phone maker, with what was even then one of the best supply chains, distribution networks, and brands in the world would be exclusively devoted to Windows Phone.

There is nothing further to be gained by an acquisition.


Actually, turned out to have negative value, financially speaking. (The whole post is very well worth re-reading in hindsight.)
nokia  windowsphone  microsoft 
july 2015 by charlesarthur
Microsoft could write off billions on Nokia deal as early as Wednesday » Computerworld
Gregg Keizer:
It's not known how much of a write-down Microsoft will take, as companies have some flexibility in how they account for such balance-the-books moves. Three years ago, Microsoft had $6.4bn of goodwill related to the aQuantive acquisition before it wrote down 97% of that.

In its April 2015 filing, Microsoft said it carried $5.5bn in goodwill from the Nokia deal, as well as another $4.5bn in intangible assets. Because "goodwill" is the difference between the purchase price and the actual assets, tangible or otherwise, the $5.5bn, or something close to it, would be the likeliest number.

If Microsoft does write off the majority of the Nokia purchase - which ultimately cost it $7.9bn by the time the deal closed in the first half of 2014 - it would be but the latest move by the company to recast the acquisition.


<a href="https://theoverspill.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/oh-and-also-microsofts-warning-it-might-write-down-the-mobile-division/">Told you it was coming</a>. And <a href="https://theoverspill.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/windows-phone-microsofts-really-good-reason-to-keep-it-going-isnt-about-phones/">why it will stick with phones</a>, despite their being a money pit.
microsoft  nokia 
june 2015 by charlesarthur
April 2010: Nokia exec: phones to make system cameras obsolete » Reuters
Tarmo Virki:
Fast developing cameraphone technology will shortly make SLR system cameras and even professional cameras obsolete, the sales chief of the world's top cellphone maker Nokia said on Tuesday. "They will in the very near future revolutionise the market for system cameras," Anssi Vanjoki said in a speech in Helsinki.

"There will be no need to carry around those heavy lenses," Vanjoki said, pointing to a professional photographer taking pictures of him.

The proliferation of smartphones with picture quality comparable to most pocket cameras has boosted photography around the world, but they have so far not challenged real system cameras due to phones' smaller size and weaker technology.

Vanjoki said high-definition (HD) quality video recording was also coming to cellphones within the next 12 months.


Wasn't wrong. Yet the other elements of the smartphone business were more important.
nokia  camera 
june 2015 by charlesarthur
Sizing up the suitors for Here, Nokia’s map business » TechCrunch
Ingrid Lunden:
One former longtime senior employee of Here estimates there are around 300 different location attributes, with corresponding historical databases, that can be tracked using Here’s technology. They include more obvious mapping and location-based applications such as driving directions and street maps, but also spatial data technology used in video and gaming applications.

“It’s incredibly difficult to get the type of mapping data that Here has. Base geometry and 20-40 road attributes are relatively easy to collect. However, to collect the 250+ attributes needed for the best navigation experience requires a combination of field teams and user-generated content,” notes entrepreneur Kurt Uhlir.

“Here has proprietary collection hardware and software that is unmatched, even by Google. Plus, they have the most extensive patent portfolio covering collecting and creating spatial content for current generation of maps and dynamic data. Here also has the foundational patents covering usage of spatial data for creating video games, movie content and the upcoming ADAS vehicle applications.”


Unmatched even by Google? Protected by patents? Such talk is heresy.
here  nokia  maps 
june 2015 by charlesarthur
Nokia faces lengthy arbitration over LG patent royalty payments » Reuters
Jussi Rosendahl:
Nokia said the arbitration with LG is expected to conclude within two years. Shares in Nokia rose 1.4 percent by 1204 GMT (8.04 a.m ET).

"This is becoming a more and more common model. The companies won't go to the court but instead let an independent party decide," said Nordea analyst Sami Sarkamies.

He estimated that the Samsung deal, expected to conclude later this year, could eventually mean Nokia receives 100-200 million euros of additional royalty payments annually, on top of retroactive payments.


Seems to be related to 4G patents; Nokia signed a similar deal with Samsung a while back. For LG, means that profitability in the smartphone side becomes that little bit more elusive - especially after the back payment.
nokia  lg  patent 
june 2015 by charlesarthur
Nokia targeting Apple, Alibaba and Amazon in maps-unit sale » Bloomberg Business
Nokia Oyj, the Finnish company selling its money-losing maps business, is trying to drum up interest from some of the biggest names in technology including Apple Inc., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Amazon.com Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said.
Those companies as well as Facebook Inc., a group of German carmakers, and private-equity firms are among the companies looking at Nokia’s maps operations, known as HERE, highlighting the ubiquity and utility of location-based services. Nokia is seeking more than €3bn ($3.2bn) from a sale of the unit, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information.


Bought it for €8.1bn in 2008; valued at €2bn in the accounts last year. Big lossmaker; the question is how any company that bought HERE would be able to make the purchase worthwhile in monetary terms.
nokia  here  maps 
april 2015 by charlesarthur
Microsoft to cut 9,000 Nokia jobs in China » MarketWatch
Microsoft plans to shut two mobile-handset manufacturing plants in China formerly run by Nokia Corp., cutting about 9,000 jobs in total, various reports said Thursday. Microsoft, which bought Nokia's handset business last April, scheduled the closure of the plants - located in Beijing and the southeastern city of Dongguan - earlier this month and plans to ship some of the manufacturing equipment there to Vietnam, according to a report in the government-run Beijing Youth Daily.

It quoted an unidentified Microsoft China executive as saying the closures and transfer of production capacity to Vietnam would likely be completed by the end of March. The layoffs are part of an estimated 18,000 job cuts which Microsoft announced in the wake of its purchase of the Nokia unit for $7.2bn.


At one time, <a href="http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2015/02/microsoft-fires-another-9000-ex-nokia-employees-now-in-china.html">according to Tomi Ahonen</a>, it was the largest and most modern handset manufacturing facility in the world. Not sure when that time was, though. Think there are probably lots more factories making handsets now.
microsoft  nokia  china  factory 
february 2015 by charlesarthur
Is Windows RT dead? Microsoft stops making Nokia Lumia 2520 » PCWorld
Microsoft could be close to pulling the plug on Windows RT with its decision to stop manufacturing the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet.

The Lumia 2520 tablet was the last tablet remaining running Windows RT with Microsoft not making its Surface 2 tablet. Microsoft didn’t provide the specific date it stopped making the Lumia 2520 tablet to Dutch publication PCM, which broke the news.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets are still being sold through Verizon Wireless in the U.S. starting at $499.99 with a two-year commitment, and for $599.99 without a contract.

That could bring a quiet end to Microsoft’s experiment with Windows RT, which was built for tablets and PCs based on ARM processors. The first tablets with Windows RT shipped in 2012, but the response has been poor, with PC makers like Dell, Asus, Lenovo and Samsung abandoning devices with the OS. Microsoft last year cancelled plans to launch a small-screen tablet with Windows 8.1 RT.


The "Surface mini" just missed its window of opportunity by about six months. Now it would be impossible without gigantic corporate customer buy-in to sell them. But Apple and IBM look to be going after that business, if it exists.
windowsrt  nokia 
february 2015 by charlesarthur
Nokia publishes maps on your iPhone, leaves Lumia in the shadows >> IT Vikko
This is a link to the Google Translation of <a href="http://www.itviikko.fi/uutiset/2014/12/17/nokia-julkaisee-kartat-iphoneen-jattaa-lumiat-paitsioon/201417325/7">this page</a> (the headline is from the Bing translation, but it doesn't have a static URL):
Nokia is not planning to upgrade in the near future the Here Maps application for Lumia phones. "When Nokia made handsets, we were a little different. Now, we are developing application on the basis of a realistic markets."


Ouch. Harsh divorce; the parent doesn't want to see its child any more.
lumia  microsoft  here  nokia 
december 2014 by charlesarthur
The Innovator’s Stopwatch. Part 2 >> Asymco
Horace Dediu:
As diffusion proceeds through each adopter category, the product is re-positioned to address each group’s presumed behavior. Innovators (first 2.5% of the population) are offered novelty, a chance to experiment and uniqueness of experience; early adopters are offered a chance to create or enhance their position of social leadership; the early majority build imitate the leadership of the early adopters and justify it with productivity gains; the late majority are skeptics but, given a set of specific benefits, join the earlier adopters. Finally the laggards reluctantly agree to adopt as their preferred alternative of not adopting disappears.

The theory suggests that a firm can be successful if they modify their marketing and perhaps product mix to accommodate these adopter categories in a timely manner.

If this is the case however, why is it that those who have access to these data (i.e. who is buying and when) not to do the right thing?


Really you have to read it for the graphs, showing the rise and fall of Palm/WinMob, Nokia, Samsung (projected), and the rise of China and India. But what about Apple?
smartphone  apple  nokia 
december 2014 by charlesarthur
Samsung plans to cut smartphone models by up to 30% in 2015 >> WSJ
Here we are in November 2014:
Samsung Electronics said it would reduce the number of smartphone models it offers next year, part of a move to cut costs to combat declining profit.

The South Korean technology major said it would cut the number of models by about 25% to 30%, Robert Yi, head of investor relations, said during a presentation in New York. His remarks were confirmed by a company spokesman Tuesday.

Samsung didn’t disclose the exact number of models that would be affected by the reduction.


Yeah, so cost-cutting. But now - with thanks to <a href="http://twitter.com/WhatTheBit">Stefan Constantine</a> - <a href="http://www.intomobile.com/2011/04/04/nokia-launch-40-devices-2011-least-30-them-smartphones/">let's revisit Nokia in April 2011</a>:
An unnamed Nokia Executive, in an interview with the Hindustan Times, has said: “We will be launching 40 models in 2011 of which at least 30% would be smartphones.” This news isn’t exactly making us bust out the champagne because that’s right around how many models Nokia has been releasing every year for the past five years. The Finnish firm has consistently told us that they’re going to take a “more wood behind fewer arrows” approach, meaning that they’ll come out with less new models, but said models would be further refined, but we’ve yet to actually see that materialize.


"Fewer models" seems easy to say, but when your business has been about "lots of models" is hard to do.
samsung  nokia 
november 2014 by charlesarthur
Nokia partners with Foxconn to take on Apple with tablet device >> FT.com
Daniel Thomas:
Ramzi Haidamus, Nokia’s technology chief, said the N1 tablet would be as good as Apple’s iPad mini but cost less. He added that it was just the first consumer product that would be designed and labelled as Nokia devices.

“It’s the first of many coming – more SKUs [items for sale], more sizes, more features,” he told the Financial Times in his first interview since becoming head of Nokia’s technology division three months ago. “We will go beyond tablets for sure.”

Nokia is prohibited from making smartphones until 2016 under the terms of the sale of its handset business to Microsoft. But Mr Haidamus said that “we will be looking at going into the cell phone licensing business post-Microsoft rights”.

The N1 is the first Nokia-branded consumer device brought to market following the sale of the Lumia and Asha businesses to Microsoft. Nokia did not manufacture tablets. 
The company said it would be the first tablet operated by a “predictive engine” that gradually learnt a user’s habits and created customised shortcuts to commonly used apps, contacts and web content.

The tablet has a 7.9 inch screen, a 2.4Ghz 64-bit quad-core processor, 2GB of memory and 32GB of storage.


Foxconn also makes lots of Apple devices, and is <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-20/blackberry-enlists-foxconn-to-make-phones-as-sales-plunge-1-.html">partnering with BlackBerry</a> too. Big ambitions. Can't see Nokia's tablet making much impression on the Chinese market though.
nokia  tablet  foxconn 
november 2014 by charlesarthur

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