Questions and answers on Nokia’s next steps

Nokia has been in the news since their announcement of adopting the Windowsphone OS as their primary smartphone platform months back. The news has not necesarilly gone down well with some people and questions have been asked over and over again.

Nokia has made available an FAQ addressing the key questions. Enjoy.


Does Nokia still dictate what features, UI design, etc. Symbian is going to have or is that in Accenture’s hands now?

Yes, Nokia still dictates the features and UI design for Symbian, the team at Accenture will be responsible for executing that vision and roadmap.

How will this outsourcing to Accenture affect the future releases of Symbian software such as Anna? Will there be delays?

The plan for future software releases are still on schedule, they are not affected by recent events.

If Symbian were to be successful in the upcoming years, will Nokia consider going back to Symbian as a main platform?

In order to build the best smartphones and best smartphone ecosystem on the planet, Nokia is committed to the Windows Phone platform going forward.

When Nokia acquired Symbian, you said “This is the way forward”. Today with this collaboration with Microsoft, you are again saying “This is the way forward”. Why should we believe you?

Technology moves at a fast pace and as times change, companies need to move with them. Nokia is determined to build the best smartphones and we believe the best way to do so right now is with the Windows Phone platform.

When will Symbian activities be moved to Accenture?

The transfer is planned for completion during the last quarter of 2011.

After all these steps, I still can’t see where Nokia is going. I can’t see the vision or the special trend that can carry Nokia forward

The vision is to:

  • Create the best smartphones in the world using the Windows Phone platform, and to deliver the next 150 million Symbian devices.
  • Connect the next billion consumers to the internet.
  • Create future disruptions in the industry.

What about Qt and MeeGo, where will they be developed?

Nokia’s Qt and MeeGo programs will continue to be developed in-house at Nokia, it’s only Symbian which is moving to Accenture.


Do these answers take care of the questions you have been asking about Nokia’s recent changes to their smartphone strategy?

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  1. The answers have been more obfuscating than illuminating.

    I sense Nokia – while proclaiming the wisdom of the Wp7 alliance – still want to maintain a backup plan-in case that alliance breaks down. Why bet the significant porton of your future on another company?

    Afterall, not all marriages have an idyllic ending in. real life…

  2. in my own humble opinion, I totally support nokia’s move to WP7 but however their efforts in the meego segment should not be allowed to be flushed down the drain. I think they should in conjunction with intel try as much to disrupt the market as soon as it has gotten a firm footing with WP7 probably by the 3rd quarter of 2012.

    We have seen the likes of RIM coming out with a new OS ‘QNX’ in which intends to transition newer devices to and Microsoft taking a bold step in creating a totally new OS. Nokia can do the same and not rely On just one OS for its devices. It should definitely leverage the meego ecosystem with its growing advocates and also look inwards at the current S40 OS which it can improve to make it a much more capable OS for consumers who require a simpler device

  3. Why all these noise about adopting an OS. Many companies adopt OSs and don’t make noise about it. HTC is making WP7 amongst other platforms and are doing well. Same goes for Samsung, LG etc. As I see it, nokia is trying hard to justify its dumping of symbian. I feel all these noise is not necessary. They can just go on making WP7s, Symbians, even Androids, then study the sales and focus more on whichever brings in more profit.

    Please nokia, we don’t need words, show us results. The only results so far have been the improved symbians which we must say are impressive.

    @martinkem

    Lest I forget, s40 phones are non OS phones. They are not smartphone. I hesitate to call them dumb though.

  4. @DeolaDoc,i am getting blisters on my palms – clapping for thai point of view yonder!

    Like I once predicted, there will (soon) come a time when you can CHOOSE the OS to run on your phone. This is already happening with dual-boots, to some extent.

    Then the noise about one OS surpassing the other will just be like a sneeze in a thunderstorm..irrelevant!

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