re: Former Nokia Exec Slams Elop And Windows Phone
"The big mistake Elop made was underestimated how fast carriers and consumers would jump ship..."
Google "Osborne Effect". Many of us quite accurately predicted how fast Nokia would fall once Mr. Elop dissed his cash cow while promising a much better product in 12 long months, as the curve is well-understood. That Mr. Elop didn't know this proves the author's point - he's simply not competent to run Nokia.
And while Windows Phone is arguably a better product than Symbian, it's simply not competitive with Android and iPhone in the mid- to high-end market due to being intentionally limited by Microsoft, e.g., to a low-res screen and single-core CPU. And Nokia is at Microsoft's mercy to remedy these shortcomings - yet Nokia under Elop has bet the farm, while Microsoft makes more profit from each Android sold than each WinPhone. See the problem yet?
And Microsoft has now decided on ANOTHER OS reboot, to a new and heavier kernel that's incompatible with existing WinPhones being sold *this year*. For Nokia, it's the Symbian disaster all over again - "wanna buy a phone that will be obsolete in 6 months?" "Uh, no thanks - ooh, shiny iPhone! Look at all the Droids!"
A better strategy would have been to *add* Android to the current product lines, while targeting cross-compatibility. Promote Symbian running Qt at the low end, Android with Qt extensions in the mid-range, and MeeGo running Qt with a Dalvik engine to run Android apps at the high end. This is a compelling story, provides a long-term support story for Symbian and MeeGo fans while competing in the 50% of the market that is Android rather than the 1% that is WinPhone. And you keep your developers - *all* of your smartphones run Qt, which Nokia had extensively promoted - while adding the huge Android ecosystem to your mid- to high-end phones (see Amazon Prime for a taste of how a well-executed strategy may have looked, then check Amazon's latest earnings report).
Just saying. But if you check Nokia's stock price over the past 18 months, I don't think I'm alone.