End of an era: Nokia won't be making phones anymore, says CEO
posted by Daniel P. / Nov 14, 2014, 7:50 AM
First off, as sad as this sounds, and despite some unsubstantiated rumors, Nokia doesn't plan on making phones anymore. "We are not looking to a direct consumer return to handsets per se," were his actual words. Still, there is a silver lining, and it is that there is an extremely high interest in licensing the brand, he added, so at some point in the longer term the Nokia name "will return to the consumer world." Now, whether this will be with phones, or other devices and maybe services, remains to be seen, but the hopes that Nokia will quickly start churning out Android handsets seems dead and buried now.
beta app for Android and iOS this ship had sailed, as the app offers options lacking in Google Maps, like offline navigation, but whatever rocks the boat. Nokia's CEO expects that all three business units - Networks, Technologies and the mapping business - will be returning to growth and profitability very soon, but it's the end of the line for Nokia phones piece that strikes us the most in the end.As for the other aspects of the company, the CEO mentioned that it won't have its HERE brand of navigation software compete directly with Google Maps, but instead rely on third-party licensees like Amazon, Microsoft or Yahoo, in business-to-business partnerships. We'd say that with the release of the
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Screw you elop for killing nokia's mobile division. Anyway good luck to nokia on their Networks, Technologies and mapping business
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 7:54 AM 36
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Good luck also for M$ to succeed selling any device in the future, Nadella can stop hoping for success starting today.
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 7:58 AM 5
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Actually I think after Ballmer's exit, Nadella is pretty much focused on next generation computing, comprising of totally cloud based mobile computing, with newer features that may or may not be extremely innovative. I certainly hope neither he nor Rajeev Suri would not fail their respective companies and even set new standards for the industry. Microsoft and Nokia Siemens are actually great players in this aspect; they're just out of form.
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 8:07 AM 2
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Meh. Nothing was said about Nokia working with a third party contract manufacturer, like Pegatron, Foxconn, etc. At face value, it seems Nokia is exiting the phone biz, but there is some wiggle room. Phones are in Nokia's DNA.
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 9:41 AM 2
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Now I feels like going with WP/Microsoft is the most pathetic move ever made by Nokia (my opinion). It just completely killed nokia off. Very sad indeed.
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 8:02 AM 15
So much for joining MS. Well, it'll be interesting to see what happens in 2016, after the license expires.
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 8:07 AM 3
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Economic suicide ... Nokia story must be taught in all business and management schools. Feel deeply sorry for us as customers. We lost the best phone hardware ever!. FU flop, microbitch, and the idiot Nokia board
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 8:14 AM 16
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Not killing, transferred nokia's mobile division to MS. If you want Nokia, buy Lumia.
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 11:31 AM 2
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@tiara6918 just for the sake of Knowledge could you please elaborate on how exactly Elop killed Nokia. Start at the very beginning before Elop or WP came into the picture how well Nokia was doing, walk us through the events that took place up to the point that MS bought the division educate us in detail. Thank You.
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 11:53 AM 2
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This^.... I find it awkward how everyone claims to be a fan of Nokia as a company, but fail to realize that Nokia was in a downward spiral before Elop/Microsoft stepped in. Reminds me of the United States' economic financial crisis with President Obama at fault! I guess when some people lack comprehension about the issues at hand they tend to point fingers in any direction. Maybe this is how they find comfort. However, when the curtains go up, Elop couldn't have sold Nokia's devices division to Microsoft without approval from the board of directors. Obviously, an agreement was made between the powers that be.
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 6:28 PM 2
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I think you are right nokia was already losing marketshare. But the wrong choice(Microsoft) killed them. Android would be better for them. Maybe they where to proud because they bashed android at the time
posted on Nov 14, 2014, 7:22 PM 2
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for starters, htc is still a standalone company. where is nokia mobile now? its with microsoft because they cant handle it anymore. they are pussies saying that they cant beat competitors. they under estimated the power of the NOKIA label. since the n9 launch, and then the lumia 800/900 launch , EVERYONE EVEN TECH SITES WISHED NOKIA TO GO ANDROID ROAD. THEY DIDNT EVEN TRIED IT. they never did an android device. ANDROID WAS FUKCING FREE! but windows phone needs licensing fees. if i were at the board, i'll release the n9, followed by lumia 800 windows phone version AND a lumia 800 android version. then watch which is more profitable at that time. there are nokia outlets everywhere back then before samsung finally won the android battle (in numbers and popularity that is). if only they did android,even just one device, people will still buy the reliable trusted nokia than the rest.
posted on Nov 15, 2014, 1:20 PM 1
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"for starters, htc is still a standalone company." Exactly, but lets not point out this lil fact. Even with Samsung bringing the most profits in Android land, each separate OEM is still making phones, still have their name. Just that fact alone.....Nokia might have been better off going with Android. Nokia's name was bigger than HTC or as big. Its probably bigger than a majority of OEM's that make Android devices.
posted on Nov 15, 2014, 6:12 PM 0
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Just look at the marketshare of android. If nokia was on the android wagon samusung probably wouldn't be nr1. Nokia was the nr1 phone manufacturer with symbian but ios was quickly getting ground so was android. Nokia had the biggest name and there where allot of people who where just buying nokia devices because of there name. But ios was easier to handle with a better polished os. Android became better over time and nokia did to little to late to keep up with the 2 os's. Then they where bashing on both os's about being a hype and all. And if i remember correctly they where bashing android completely about that it wasn't any good. I loved nokia but the 3300 music was my last one. As i tried the Sony Ericsson t630 and loved the ui as it was really fast and symbian was slow as hell. For business you could do more with symbian but that wasn't needed for me at the time as i was only 14 yrs old. I was always tempted to go back but it was just to slow
posted on Nov 16, 2014, 6:28 AM 0
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