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 The Write Stuff, Ways of Rocking, The Process and Product Frontier, Mentioning Maemo, Delivering Quality, Inviting Change, Views and Reviews, Mentioning MeeGo
Tagged LinkedIn, Maemo, Nokia, Microsoft, Apple, iPhone, Android, Symbian, MeeGo, design, Stephen Elop, forumnokia, WP7, Windows Phone, Mango, Marko Ahtisaari
Nokia’s S40 operating system has long been relegated to non-multitasking offerings in its stable of devices. Simple to implement and use, it’s the ammunition for Nokia’s carpet-bomb-the-developing-world-with-cellphones strategy. Symbian, and then Maemo, and then MeeGo and now Windows Phone 7 have been touted as the operating system(s) for the rich high end (excluding Vertu and some other exceptions).
The thinking seems to have been, “Get low-end Nokia devices into the hands of those who can’t/won’t yet use or afford smartphones, and then migrate them upward when the time is right”.
Great tactic in theory, but it has so far failed to succeed as needed. For Nokia, anyway. Continue reading
Posted in Getting Qt, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged forumnokia, LinkedIn, Maemo, MeeGo, Nokia, Qt, S40, Symbian, Tracfone, Windows Phone 7, WP7
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