I woke up today to the announcement of Nokia ‘s new flagship, the Lumia 925. After excitedly clicking through the link to check out specs of the new flagship, I suddenly felt drained of all excitement. There really was nothing significant to get excited about the new device. Just imagine if the HTC One had been announced as having the same display size, camera, processor and internals as the HTC One X. Meh! That is exactly what Nokia did with the 925 – it has exactly the same internals as the older 920. Oh; it’s got a slimmer, nicer body, an AMOLED display instead of LCD, and new camera gimmicks. Sigh.
Right now, I am far more excited about the Nokia Asha 501 than about the Lumia 925. Much more. Maybe it’s just me though. If I had the limited resources that Nokia has, rehashing a flagship model without significant improvements on features would be out of the question. Honest. It was just in March that we tried to make sense of HTC’s four flagships in the space of a year. While Nokia hasn’t gone that far, the 925 following the 920 with almost same specs looks disturbing already.
Then when I thought the day couldn’t get worse, BlackBerry announced that it’s popular messaging client BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) would hit iOS and Android for free in about two months time. Under normal circumstances, that might have been good news. Well, it still is good news in a way. Now, more millions of smartphone users can chat and connect with BlackBerry smartphone users via BBM. Except that it is looking like very soon the number of BlackBerry smartphone users to chat with will dwindle drastically. At the end of the day, we might have BBM users across iOS and Android only.
Why? BlackBerry devices are currently not competitively priced. Many BlackBerry smartphone users are still on that platform because of BBM. With scores of more affordable Android smartphones in the market, I foresee lots of BlackBerry smartphone users migrating to Android when it’s time to replace their current phones. They will eat their cake and have it – at the expense of BlackBerry. I know its a dilemma for BlackBerry. Like Nokia, they have limited financial resources, but WhatsApp was going to eat their instant messaging lunch. It is like being between a rock and a hard place. Perhaps what BlackBerry can do now is review their smartphone pricing strategy. Perhaps.
Or I am just a doom sayer and too cranky. Whatever. Today has been a bad mobile news day for me. I worry about Nokia and BlackBerry. I shouldn’t, as I have no stakes in either company, but then I worry all the same.