Nokia executive: youths “fed up” with iPhones, Androids too complex

Nokia executive: youths “fed up” with iPhones, Androids too complex
When you can’t beat them with products, you can beat them with words. It seems that that’s the kind of approach taking over at Nokia as competition from both Android and the iPhone tightens up. The Street expects Apple to deliver another record breaking quarter with iPhone sales nearing 30 million, and Samsung has just announced it’s already sold 300 million phones with such success fueled by the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S series, but Niels Munksgaard, Director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales at Nokia Entertainment, begs to differ. 

The executive thinks that in reality, iPhones and Androids are not popular with one particular group:

“What we see is that youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones. Everyone has the iPhone,” Munksgaard said in an interview with British tech blog Pocket-lint. “Also, many are not happy with the complexity of Android and the lack of security. So we do increasing see that the youth that wants to be on the cutting edge and try something new are turning to the Windows Phone platform.”

Of course, that’s where Nokia would fit in. Interestingly, Munksgaard also complains about the lack of differentiation in products.

“The marketplace is extremely crowded. I refer to it as the sea of sameness," he said. "When you walk up to a retail shelf at Phones4U and see the number of black mono-blocks sitting on the shelf, it is very confusing to the consumer. We want to deliver services and phones that are different.”

Nokia indeed has tried to differentiate in the Windows Phone world with apps like Nokia Mix Radio, but by large you’d find it hard to tell a Nokia Windows Phone UI apart from all others as Microsoft keeps a tight grip on that.

The Finns were dethroned from the smartphone throne by both Samsung and Apple in recent quarters, and are eager to regain their positions. With this said, what’s your opinion on the market, are you content with the customization you get on a Nokia Windows Phone? Are you or your younger pals “fed up” with the iPhone and Android?

source: Pocket-lint



1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

so nokia claims people think that androids are to complex but yet they still millions upon millions a year. and they think that ppl are sick of iphones -__-

40. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Android only started selling because Apple was too expensive for most and Symbian suck(mostly due to bad marketing strategy)

48. SleepingOz unregistered

I was expecting Belle this month but it got delayed, as always! And if you think that Symbian sucks because of bad marketing, you sure are in denial, nokia fanboy. It's time to wake up!

52. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

and as i said it 'Sucked'.....

55. SleepingOz unregistered

The os in itself SUCKS! Even the "final" leaked version of Belle lags as hell on the N8. It's sure not because of bad marketing or whatever!

46. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

That is why Android and iOS combined control 80%+ of the U.S. smartphone market - because of the complexity. Yeah, right. Keep it up, and Nokia will be joining RIM in the race for failed business model.

2. BlazinEmperor

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

LOOL! I'm fed up with smartphones in general, especially Android powered ones... My LG OPTIMUS BLACK has grown weaker by the month, Android Gingerbread has worn out it's innards, So I got a Nokia 701, & it works pretty good, I saw one on youtube running 33 apps without stuttering, though I haven't bothered to stress mine that much.... I just like the seriousness that have gotten into Nokia this year, and I give credit to Accenture for giving us Symbian^Belle...

37. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

here's your problem...its an LG

39. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

i despise LG phones.

49. GeekMovement unregistered

I've always had bad experiences with LG phones.

41. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

i use an LG Optimus 3D and it actually sucks(and Lagg's everyday with its dualcore)

3. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

if people are fed up with Androids and iPhone, then why both Android and iPhone still hold the top spots for best smartphones, OS, and market share? Nokia is looking like Window's pimp right now..

42. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

its all about marketing and availabilty....Nokia's been silent even when symbian was thier main platform while Android was marketed now Android is the standard(which was symbian's position)..Nokia, new comer....iPhone @ the top(in terms of quality which we all know Android lacks)

4. BlazinEmperor

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

People buy Android phones because their friends cooked up fairy tales about Android OS. 70% of FANdroids use low-end devices, so they don't really get the real Android experience & most of them I know are fed up. But I don't think people are fed up with iOS though...

11. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

You must know everything...

23. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

even I bought Android on the advices of my friends and family and ANDROID IS PATHETIC!! I've "Samsung Galaxy S2" and its Awfully pathetic even when u hold it in your palms u never get the feel of holding an expensive device. Bloody Bugger!! I seriously Trust & love Nokia or HTC phones!

28. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Ummm.... what?

47. SleepingOz unregistered

haha, I really doubt you have the GSII. Nice trolling attempt though.

56. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Really? awfully pathetic? your moaning makes me really wonder what phone do you really own to criticize a phone of that caliber, 23carat gold plated C7 maybe?

31. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

prove 70% is low end

44. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

look around you..

43. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

True TaLk..

5. BlazinEmperor

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Trends come & go, market shares rise & fall.... And those market shares are ESTIMATES... In the real world, there are more Symbian powered phones than any other OS.... Stop thinking like a fish, the world is made up of 7billion people, U.S.A isn't the WORLD!

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Its not? There are more symbian phones out there for sure, because they put a version of symbian on dumbphones. But this is only talking about smartphones.

18. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

There's no "symbian version" on dumbphones. S40 used on Nokia's dumbphones has a bit similar UI, but it has nothing to do with Symbian, and phones running it are not counting among Symbian ones. The fact is, that Symbian is the most used mobile OS in the world:

25. hepresearch unregistered

S40 is Java-based, not Symbian-based.

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if you say so hep, i believe ya. :) i thought that it was basically the same system, just stripped down. that is not correct?

53. hepresearch unregistered

nope... not correct... Java is, well, Java... from Oracle. Symbian is actually a derivative of EPOC, which started developing in the 1990's as the OS for Psion PDA devices, and eventually was renamed "Symbian" at version 6.0, when it became officially open-source. The first Symbian smartphones were an obscure Ericsson device that I do not remember exactly (R380, I think...), and the Nokia 9210 Communicator with Series 80. In 2002, Series 60 started out as a UI overlay for Symbian phones, adopted first by Nokia for Symbian 6.1 on the Nokia 7650, and the appearance and navigation of Series 60 was actually the basis of Series 40, in a rather loose interpretation, as well. Series 40, though, came out after Series 60 and ran on Java, not Symbian, in order to provide better feature phone experiences at the time (replacing early Series 30 builds and other proprietary Nokia UI's). Nokia also introduced the proprietary Series 80 and Series 90 UI's for Symbian 6.0 and 7.0s, which did not garner as much popularity, and were later rolled back into Series 60 in its 3rd and 5th editions, then renamed "S60" (Symbian 9.1 through 9.4). Sony Ericsson also used Symbian for their early smartphones (pre-Android) along with the UIQ platform. Eventually UIQ was discontinued, and rolled into Symbian^3 (Symbian 9.5) in 2010, along with the discontinued S60 3rd and 5th Editions. Symbian^2 was developed to work with the MOAP(S) UI on many Japanese FOMA phones in 2010, replacing the use of earlier versions of Symbian (7.0, 8.1b, 9.1, 9.2) as the underpinning for MOAP(S) over the years. Symbian Belle is the latest build of the so-called Symbian^3, but it is technically Symbian version 10. I imagine it will be the last of Symbian we ever see. So, Symbian is, in fact, a smartphone platform that competed mostly with Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry... and in recent years attempted to compete with iOS and Android, but to no avail. Hence the replacement of Symbian^3 with Windows Phone Mango...

54. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Belle is not the last Symbian version. We already know about its successors: Carla and Donna.

58. hepresearch unregistered

I doubt they will ever be commercially released.

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