A few of days ago most of Nokia’s staff shifted to Microsoft offices, now that it’s owned by Microsoft (they bought it for over $7 billion). Slowly Nokia will become Microsoft as they merge together which I firmly believe was Nokia’s biggest mistake. If they had adapted to Android as soon as other manufacturers did they would be far better off right now. They joined Android way too late, and with two low-end devices.
My first phone was a Nokia 6210, I actually had my eyes on an Alcatel device but couldn’t afford it. Before my first phone I had the longest crush on the Nokia 7110, I wanted it so badly but was too young to own a phone. I bought a few Nokia phones after that until I switched to Sony Ericcson(K800). Then became one of the first adopters of Android with the hTC Desire four years ago.
Let’s take a few steps back and remember what Nokia’s VP had to say about Android back in 2010, “Above and beyond the issue of all these Finnish boys who may be peeing in their pants in the depths of the harsh Finnish winter”. That was his response when asked whether they were planning to release Android running Nokias. He meant the companies that adopted Android were finding a solution but destroying their reputation.
I guess Nokia had to pee on itself to launch their first 2 Android-based devices. What happened with Nokia is a great example of when your ego is too high, it might kill you. They had the biggest market share in terms of volume shipped back in 2010. Today they probably don’t have 5% of total smartphone market penetration.
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