An Era Ends With Nokia Smartphones
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In June 2011, Apple was making more smartphones than Nokia and a successful partnership with Microsoft became imperative for Nokia's business. In September 2011, Nokia dismissed 3,500 employees and closed its factory in Cluj, Romania.
Over the past decade, it's become harder to get consumer attention in mobile. LG has experimented with innovative designs over the past couple of years in an effort to attract buyers. Its LG Wing features two screens, one of which swivels on top of the other. And in January at CES, it teased what it hoped would be the world's first rollable phone. The device has a display that extends upward to create a larger, more tablet-like screen. As CNET's Roger Cheng noted, "presumably, the bottom of the phone, when it's in landscape mode, has a mechanism that furls and unfurls the display, similar to how its rollable OLED televisions work -- but on a smaller scale."
This resulted in the company releasing three new smartphones under the Nokia brand and while they were fairly well received, a number of people had their eyes on a high-end flagship smartphone. We learned this was in the pipeline and not too long after the Nokia 8 was announced with its Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. While this hasn't been slated for release in the US, a rumor says a different variant will be coming soon.
After realizing the market trends, Nokia introduced its Symbian operating system. However, it was too late by then with Apple and Samsung having cemented their positions. It was difficult for the Symbian operating system to make any inroads. This is the biggest reason behind Nokia's downfall.
Though Nokia might seem dominant on the phone front, the company occasionally comes up with some new phones/smartphone devices. Here are some of the Nokia smartphones that are likely to be launched in 2022:
When Stephen Elop took the reins of Nokia (NYSE:NOK), the company was flying high, contrary to what Americans may think. The company had 60% market share in smartphones, was selling over half a billion phones, and had potentially the next best thing in its pipeline. Granted, Nokia's U.S. operations were non-existent and the past CEO was ousted for poor performance, but I would trade poor performance with the 300 million consumers in the U.S. for being the leading cell phone maker for the other 6.7 billion people in the world. That is exactly where Nokia was on April 22, 2010, when Stephen Elop came to the show.
What Lundmark is saying may not make sense to us right now because we cannot practically imagine leading a life without smartphones, but companies like Elon Musk-led Nuralink are working on devices that can be implanted into the brain. Such devices can be used for communication with machines and other people.
Now it is at this point that I must confess that I have been a devout Macintosh user for more than 10 years. I also must confess that there are many within the mobile community that disagree with me on the importance of this event, especially my friends from Finland.
However, while Apple and Google made smartphones accessible to end users, providing them with increased screen real estate, user-friendly interfaces, and multiple apps, BlackBerry continued to focus on its enterprise customers. When those enterprise customers allowed their employees to use their own devices at work, BlackBerries started disappearing, being replaced by Android devices and iPhones.
At the same time, RIM underestimated how quickly the smartphone market was moving. iPhone released an updated product every year, and soon other smartphones arrived with similar features. In 2010, RIM released the Playbook tablet, which didn't include native email, calendar, or contacts apps, making it useless to the company's business users. In 2015, BlackBerry tried making Android devices, but this too wasn't successful. 2b1af7f3a8