Nokia needed to replace its aging smartphone platform, Symbian which commanded over 40% of the global smartphone market. Nokia had a logically and technically sound transition plan.
By adopting Qt as a developmental platform, the plan was to migrate from Symbian to MeeGo, with both platforms supporting Qt.
Nokia’s new CEO, brought in by the Board, pronounced Symbian a burning platform, abandoned the migration path to MeeGo, and announced the adoption of Windows Phone 7 as their primary smartphone platform.
Then, Nokia rolled out a handful of smartphones running the new platform.
Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 right after Nokia launched their first range of Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones, also announced that Windows Phone 8 is not backwards compatible with v7.5, saying that the new OS is completely different.
Millions of Nokia Windows Phone users are disappointed, to say the least.
Plus, in all probability, the same way that the bottom fell out of Symbian sales after the “burning platform” speech, sales of Nokia’s current Lumia phones will likely stall because of the lack of updates.
I have tempered my emotions and calmly watched the Nokia saga unfold. With each passing day, it was clearer and clearer what was unfolding.
Never before have I seen such wombling and fumbling of this sort by any company I know. Apparently, Nokia announced the demise of Symbian knowing fully well that Win Phone 7.5 was a dead end? Why didn’t they push Symbian for one or two more years and then start off once and for all with Win Phone 8?
What sort of local gin were these guys smoking? Here is the consistent destruction of everything Nokia had built for years. Here is the consistent violation of common sense and all business principles.
Here is the new Nokia – a poor shadow of its old self. Nokia shot itself in the foot with the “burning platform” speech. Nokia has shot itself in the foot again with Windows Phone 7.5.
So, its a fresh start again with Win Phone 8. After that fresh start with Win Phone 7.5.
There’s not much left to the imagination how Nokia will end up on this reality show – dead, bought over, or eternally consigned to being a struggling small player. Just like one-time number one, Motorola, now is.