Nokia to bring a range of tablets, “hybrid devices” as investors are running out of patience

Nokia to bring a range of tablets, “hybrid devices” as investors are running out of patience
Nokia promised it will bring a range of tablets and “hybrid” smart mobile gadgets to the market, in the words of Nokia’s former chief executive and outgoing chairman Jorma Ollila. Nokia was earlier expected to introduce a Windows 8-based tablet, and Ollila’s words seem to confirm that. The announcement should also alleviate pressure from investors who are running out of patience, but there was no clarity on exact release dates or exactly what Ollila means by hybrid devices.

"Tablets are an important one, so that is being looked into, and there will be different hybrids, different form factors in the future," the chairman said.

With a 27 year record of work experience at Nokia, Ollila is leaving the company this year and finds the reason for its decline in being too slow to adapt to the new smartphone realities of the market. Ollila was once credit for transforming the company from a rubber boots maker to the world’s biggest smartphone maker, but then took the blame for overlooking the smartphone revolution. Nokia’s Risto Siilasmaa will take over Ollila’s position.

Nokia has lost a staggering 90% of its value in less than five years. Two thirds of that drop was in the mere year or so after Stephen Elop announced the transition to Windows Phone.

The Finnish company is expected to come under fire from investors at a meeting scheduled for today. Credit rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Fitch have also dropped their outlook on Nokia to “negative” and the company’s stock is now rated as “junk” after Nokia reported catastrophic drop in Symbian sales last quarter and Windows Phone was not yet capable of compensating.

source: Reuters

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1. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

shouldve stuck with meego but get the bbm license from rim...if that makes sense...

25. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

no it dosn't

2. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Right now the only platform that gives profit for smartphone makers is android and nokia decided to.......

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

How about iOS, given the fact that Apple only produces 1 model a year and having millions of it? If profit is what you're talking about, then iphone with iOS makes a lot of it since it is sold in very high price.

11. aneelamdani

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

iphone is a luxury brand, and luxury when gets subsidised will sell millions in any given economic situation.

21. TrainFromUkraine

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

iPhone hasn't been the luxuxry product since 2007. Its full retail as well as subsidized prices are on par with Androids.

24. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I wouldn't disagree with that, actually. Even though the iphone is average, it's still branded and seen as a semi-luxury product (apple) because of overpricing. Since there's so many of them it's not an exclusive product as apple likes folks to think it is, either

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

iOS is a singular manufacturer on a 100% locked down and extreme profit driven OS. It was never a choice for nokia, so why even bring it up?

3. HugeTroller

Posts: 80; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Windows Phone is the right path. Elop ftw

5. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I agree with you, it's a right track but what keeps them dragging down is killing symbian and meego. They should have not make a note of giving up symbian because it's their cash cow even if there's android and iOS. I hope nokia will get into their senses and revive meego as an alternate OS as what other companies are doing right now. You can't compete with WP alone for it's not that popular yet. And also, it's still on the process of development.

7. jlscott777

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree, they should not have made a big deal about dropping Symbian and Meego to go with WP but I have an idea that was done to placate Microsoft and get their support and money to help the transition. After all its just like pol

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i strongly agree with you! MeeGo has a Potential, but since it is linux based, MS blocked it for their own OS. Symbian on the other hand shouldn't be abandoned! they should at least use it for there mid range device! Nokia is being blind! they said that they will give what the costumer wanted! they should not abandon MeeGo/Maemo just for MS! same with Symbian! MS has a lot of restriction and its really a BullSh!T! you cant send music via bluetooth, etc.!but i like MS because its really beautiful! but i hope that "Meltemi OS" is real and will be out on Nokia World this September! and also the "SmarterPhone OS" for there low-end device! :)

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

give the customer what they wanted? They didnt kill meego/ symbian needlessly, it was a dying brand. The only reason it had the market share it did is because symbian was on all their feature phones as well. They were losing profit per device and selling less devices every year. had they stuck with those 2, they would have been dead in the water anyways, it would have just taken longer. Nokia isnt dead... and they are not in that much trouble. calm your horses. They had to burn the old city to make way for the new one.. and it takes time to rebuild. People are so impatient. MS is paying them hundreds of millions a year for their WP7 love on top of the higher profit per device that they get per WP7 smartphone. This wasnt some rash decision that they didnt think out. They knew they were going to crash before they became healthy again.

31. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Agree with your assesment 100%! What more I can't wait until they release a tablet! And hopefully it has the L900 form factor! That will be totally awesome!

20. Dr_fajardo

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

they r talking about windows 8, not windows phone 8. will be awesome if a tablet has the same windows that my computer (with a few change) and will be a killer tab

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

windows 8 will be on tablets. They will have a desktop mode on them. Thats the big draw.. a tablet with true PC functionality. W8 will look the same on phones, tablets, PC's, Xboxes, Fords, and whatever else they install on to. And the higher end devices will be desktop compatible.

26. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

THIS! Imagine docking your tablet with a keyboard and doing all the things a laptop could do. That is the future true mobility.

4. aneelamdani

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

a few things that can be done by elop is that they should try investing some time in meego, meego design brought lumia range in spotlight in actual. plus. getting some stake in RIM or any sort of security protocols would also help stem them in corporate arena. Andriod isnt Nokia's way of playing, what if every one makes the same diapers, how can you compete on margins then. WP is fine, its that peple are so connected to Andriod and IOS they dont want to move on, win 8 should break it if only compelling devices are there. Shareholders should be pateint Nokia is already on a make or break situation by year end anyhow.

15. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

totally agree with you! android is a s**tty and laggy OS in my experience(I've tried Samsung Galaxy 2) but android doesn't have restrictions and its free! iOS on the other hand is really wonderful is really smooth like WP and i adore them with that! but they both have restrictions! you cant send music which is i consider the most important! i hope on WP8 they will remove those restrictions and few limitations! and they shouldn't kill MeeGo/Maemo and Symbian! they should be there back up OS like samsung did with Bada and WP and soon tizen! nokia should go beyond the limits! but they wouldn't play the android game! because the only android manufacturers who gain benefit with android is samsung, google, asus and huawei! huawei on the lower market, Chinese market to be exact! and most of the android player like sony, HTC, LG and many more do not have many buyer than those like of samsung!

27. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Android is not free! The OEM's still have to develop skins to fit on the OS and tweak it or whatever. Someone has to work on that in the back. When an update comes out they still have to work on it. Equals not free. Meanwhile Nokia went with an OS they could partner with. Not just use the OS. They got MS in their corner to help in every aspect from marketing to R&D. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Unfortunately for Nokia they did indeed overlook the explosion of the smartphone. Maybe perhaps they were so far ahead with 'feature' phones that they took their eye off the ball and lost out on the smartphone race due to being complacent. As bad as that may have been they then made their second big mistake by deciding to run with windows mobile,an os far behind its competitors and one nobody actually wants. The first mistake overlooking smartphone is formidable if they made the right moves to rectify it,however their decision to run with the windows platform which is a sales flop is unforgettable they have been the agents of their own unfortunate demise .

9. aneelamdani

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

i dont think so that windows phone is a mistake. for the fact that when IOS and Andriod were released they id took time to take care of the markets. Just imagine how the donuts and Froyos were before Gingerbread came. Things take time, and Windows Phone has performed well enough in the terms of market response. Mango has been fine and acclaimed well, what is lacking is the fact there there is no expandable memory, no Bluetooth transfers and lack of so called apps that i dont know hwy is so important. hope all this would get addressed in win 8

16. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

AGREE! WP isn't really a mistake! it has a different environment which is refreshing because iOS and Android really look the same! and ope WP8 will change what WP7/7.5 dont have! they should give expandable memories, and bluetooth transfer which is really important to a user like me! apps are growing so i got no problem with it! the only mistake they made is killing MeeGo/Maemo and symbian! atleast they made meego/maemo as there back up OS on High-end phones and symbian on mid-range to low-end phones! and i hope that Meltemi is real and will appear on nokia world this september and so is "SmarterPhone OS" for entry level smartphones! i just cant wait! hope they will really satisfy what a nokia fan wants!

10. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

@neutralguy am not forgetting ios. I said smartphone makers not maker if you read it again. Only apple makes profit from ios but its different in android.

12. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Its all upon the Nokia world this year. I will Nokia being in the competition again all they needs to combine their assets like pureview, swipe UI and Symbian features to windows phone 8. Right now all the good things are scattered. One more thing, how hard you may criticize windows phone os. Windows 8 tablets will blow out any iPad or android tablet out there.

13. MrOmkar

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

I think , range of Windows 8 tablets with perfect pricing is only way in front of Nokia to recover quickly!

17. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Give me a Lumia that can dock into a tablet,and in turn become a laptop,then... LINSANITY.

29. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I concur. I think every manufacturer should have something like the Asus PadFone, but with more universal connectors and peripherals

23. jimjam unregistered

Should have kept symbian/Meego for Europe and started WP8 for USA. Their mistake was sacrificing symbian worldwide to try to break into the US market which they lusted after. Symbian was never popular in the States but wildly so in Europe. Nokia should ensure their phones come with their legendary penta band radio. I am tired of phones not working on one band or another. Would have bought a Lumia 800/900 if it had a decent radio in it. Also you can't launch your phones without internet sharing/wifi hotspot. Now you lost my sale of a nokia 710 for that (since i'm on tmobile and it was either the nokia or the radar). Finally make sure your phones have the legendary battery life of your old symbian phones. At least better than android and ios. Really nokia has some great things going for them ... nokia drive free sat nav with downloadable maps, great design, pentaband radios, great battery life. Just being too slow getting it all together into a decent phone.

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I think your points are right on the mark. I am anticipating the crop of WIndows Phone 8s to show Nokia's capabilities. PureView with better cameras (the 900's, despite being Carl Zeiss, is disappointing. Not bad, just not as good as expected. Speaking from experience as an owner), good screens, better resolution, great design, good battery life, and of course, the best signal reception in the business

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