There’s been a crazy fog of speculation surrounding my previous employer for the past few years, and I’ll admit I’m guilty of contributing. Many of Nokia’s moves during that time have been unusual, counterproductive and even downright bewildering… so it’s hard to blame anyone for wondering what the heck platform-torching CEO Stephen Elop has really got in mind.
Nokia has always been a leader in hardware. That’s not even open to debate. Their serious failures have been, increasingly of late, in softer areas. Operating systems. User experience. Marketing. In no time Nokia’s failure to execute on iPhone-driven paradigms caused it to fall from leader to follower to company-with-a-questionable-future.
No need to rehash any more history, though, right? Let’s talk about the company’s future… and why my pessimism started to evaporate tonight. Continue reading
Posted in Delivering Quality, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged Android, Apple, design, forumnokia, iPhone, LinkedIn, Maemo, Mango, Marko Ahtisaari, MeeGo, Microsoft, Nokia, Stephen Elop, Symbian, Windows Phone, WP7
I’m going to confess something that’s likely to cost me Twitter followers, kill future career prospects and launch a mild Comment war:
I’m not much of an app user.
And I can’t understand those who are, either. Well, I can align with the casual user. The few utilitarians out there. Those discriminating sorts who reserve their precious device storage space for more valuable content. Like songs, photos and LOLcats. Continue reading
Posted in Just for Fun, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Smooth Codings, The Cat Corral, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews
Tagged Android, App Store, AppCentral, Appia, Apple, AppUp, forumnokia, Intel, LinkedIn, Maemo, MeeGo, Microsoft, Nokia
This is going to seem odd coming on the heels of an article covering the 2011 Texas Linux Fest… but bear with me.
When Forum Nokia informed its Champions that we would be granted free access to Microsoft’s 2011 MIX event, I greeted the email with a smile. I understood the motivation: the new partnership between Nokia and Microsoft. But I didn’t know how I would personally fit into the event. Yes, the bulk of my professional experience has been with Microsoft development tools, but more recently I’ve been supporting the open source Maemo and MeeGo communities. Not only that, but there was no way I could come up with the funds for the trip to Las Vegas. Continue reading
Posted in Into Outreach, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Cat Corral, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged Android, developers, forumnokia, Intel, Las Vegas, LinkedIn, Maemo, MeeGo, Microsoft, MIX11, Nokia, Symbian, WP7
The choice buzzword since the February 11 Nokia-Microsoft deal (satirically tagged on twitter as #NoWin) is ecosystem. Stephen Elop’s vision apparently stops short of a Linux-powered mobile solution. Either the newly-minted Nokia CEO can’t see how to monetize it or thinks it hasn’t happened fast enough for him– pick your choice of pundit assessments here.
The strategy that Nokia had originally described when migrating their Maemo efforts to the joint MeeGo venture with Intel was that the added value for their corporate bottom line would come from a combination of lower internal OS development costs along with a customized user experience on top of the MeeGo core… one that was promised at one point to “knock our socks off”. Who could reasonably argue with such a concept?
Obviously, Nokia’s board of directors and their recent replacement for Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. Continue reading
Posted in Addressing Retention, Gamespace, Getting Qt, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Out There, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged Akademy 2010, Android, Apple, Blackberry, disapora, ecosystem, forumnokia, Intel, iOS, iTunes, KDE, LinkedIn, Linux, MeeGo, Microsoft, Nokia, Ovi, Qt, RIM, WebOS, Windows Phone 7, WP7, Xbox
Propagating a novel operating system (OS) can often be a frustrating chicken-vs-egg scenario, as many abandoned platforms and even current ones like Linux can demonstrate. An OS won’t gain many converts without a reasonable stream of ready-made applications as well as the necessary ecosystem support (especially device drivers). In open source contexts, this is compounded by Digital Rights Management (DRM) and similar sticky, usually legal, bogeys.
Maintaining a compelling closed ecosystem, such as Apple has chosen with its various OS offerings, certainly goes a long way toward solving those hurdles. On the other hand, Google’s breadth of services, brand recognition and sheer size have quickly carved out secure toeholds for the more open Android and undoubtedly Chrome OS. And there are already several well-established (although shrinking) platforms occupying the rest of the market slots… so where’s the space for upstart MeeGo?
The recent article here rhetorically asked Why MeeGo and that’s not the point today. Rather, I want to cover what’s going on in porting and packaging, and what that might mean for MeeGo’s possibilities. Continue reading
Posted in The Write Stuff, Ways of Rocking, The Process and Product Frontier, Mentioning Maemo, Inviting Change, Views and Reviews, Mentioning MeeGo
Tagged LinkedIn, Maemo, Nokia, Linux, Apple, Intel, packaging, Android, Google, N900, Moblin, MeeGo, ARM, AMD, forumnokia, Lenovo, Ideapad, platform, porting
There was a time when cell phone operating system Symbian was on a roll. Utilized by numerous device providers and championed by global giant Nokia, it provided the basis for a smartphone revolution. And appeared unstoppable.
But Symbian had its roots in traditional user experience, and its proponents seemed surprisingly blindsided by the explosive growth of touch devices in the late 2000s. With its laser focus on the trend-setting demographic, Apple managed to quickly lay waste to the cell phone status quo with its now-iconic touchscreen iPhone. A victim of its own success, Symbian has since struggled to find its way and shows signs of having peaked in global share. Continue reading
Posted in Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged AMD, Android, Apple, forumnokia, Google, iOS, LinkedIn, Linux Foundation, MeeGo
The current analytical buzz about Nokia’s mind and market share issues tends to be pessimistic, presupposing that the company has no chance of reclaiming its former glory days due to the unwitting tag-team onslaught of Apple and Android. But this negative assumption arises from ignorance and forgetfulness.
It’s certainly true that customers have a stubborn inclination toward brand loyalty that can be difficult to unseat. But Nokia was once on the positive side of that equation in areas where it now struggles (or has given up altogether). What could keep it from returning to that former glory?
Nothing, actually. Continue reading
Posted in Addressing Retention, Delivering Quality, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Monday Musing, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged AMD, Android, Apple, Artisan 835, ATI, Epson, forumnokia, fulfillment, Hewlett Packard, HP, Intel, iPhone, loyalty, Motorola, Nokia, Nvidia, Quality, RAZR
Twitter buddy Jonathan (@atmasphere) Greene alerted me to a Wall Street Journal post today that claims Nokia is actively shopping for a new chief executive officer. If true, this shouldn’t come to anyone as a surprising development. The current CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (OPK), has been under fire for over a year now while Nokia has struggled against stiff competition, largely from Apple, RIM and various devices running Google’s Android.
OPK had been groomed by previous CEO Jorma Ollila for just that position, assuming the helm of the world’s largest cell phone manufacturer on 1 June, 2006. It seemed the right decision at the time: from there until 2008 Nokia’s stock value rose as innovative devices were released even while the company reinvented itself with extreme reorganizations.
But the first two years of a new regime typically benefit from residuals of the one prior. 2008 to 2010 can’t be credited or blamed back to Ollila’s term. Rather they provide the measurements for OPK’s performance, and the numbers aren’t good. To get an idea, check this chart comparing Nokia’s stock to Apple’s over the past 5 years. Or Nokia versus RIM. The divergence at 2008 is remarkable… and humbling for Nokia. And even though RIM hasn’t been exactly stellar, it’s still in the positive for the period. Continue reading
Posted in Great Governance, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged Android, Anssi Vanjoki, Apple, CEO, Google, Jorma Ollila, Nokia, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, OPK, RIM
Device reviewers are an interesting bunch. They form a fairly tight-knit community yet individually can be as competitive as any triathlon participant. The reviewer who gets his or her hands on some heretofore unknown prototype is treated with both admiration and jealousy– and often a rallying defense by the community when one gets busted.
Such has been the case recently now that Nokia has reached its limit of patience with gonzo blogger Eldar Murtazin. The name should be familiar to most readers but for the sake of others, Eldar is the hard-hitting Russian Mobile-Review editor-in-chief known for a knack of getting access to devices so far in advance of production they sometimes seem like homebuilt projects. Many maemo.org members have long wondered about this ability, as well as the lack of a strong response from Nokia to previous incidents. Continue reading
Posted in Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged Android, Apple, Eldar Murtazin, Gizmodo, iPhone 4, MeeGo, Mobile-Review, N8, Nokia, prototype, Symbian
This particular article has been fermenting for a while, and it took some stimulating discussion during Akademy 2010 to kick it into publication.
I’ve been curious about where the value-added bits will be for mobile device manufacturers in the near future, especially as smartphone technology is pushed down to a near entry-level. Continue reading
Posted in Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Out There, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged Android, Apple, ARM, battery technology, Intel, Maemo, MeeGo, Moore's Law, N900, Nokia, Symbian