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Ed Hansberry
Ed Hansberry

Nokia's Woes Mount

Nokia has been in the news a lot this week and little of it is good. The company has a new CEO and is obviously trying to turn things around, but will it be successful?

Nokia has been in the news a lot this week and little of it is good. The company has a new CEO and is obviously trying to turn things around, but will it be successful?Last week I told you one of its software engineers claimed that Nokia puts hardware above software, to the extent the two teams don't work together as well as they should. Their market share is expected to take a quick dive in the next two years as iOS and Android gain steam.

One of the more recent rumors is Nokia is going to be switching to Windows Phone, or at least adding it to the stable of operating systems it uses along with Meego and Symbian. This one didn't make a lot of sense to me given Microsoft's strict hardware requirements and Nokia's pride in the hardware side of their devices. Nokia's PR confirmed to me that they have no interest in Windows Phone though. What is interesting about this rumor is it represents a failure of Symbian and a lack of interest in Meego. If a rumor came out that Apple was considering using Windows Phone, people would laugh it off because they have iOS and don't need anything else right now. People were willing to believe Nokia would look elsewhere because they see the company is in a bad position.

Apparently even those that buy Nokia phones don't particularly care for it. FierceWireless is reporting that Nokia came in dead last in a smartphone consumer satisfaction survey behind all other manufacturers.

Last, but not least, Sony Ericsson has disclosed that there are no plans to release any new phones with the Symbian OS on it. They will remain a part of the Symbian Foundation, but what's the point if they aren't going to use the platform?

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