Is Nokia Doomed?
Dec 20, 2010, 19:04 (3 Talkback[s])
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"There's been a lot of discussion regarding whether or not Nokia
is Doomed or not. The people who say Nokia are doomed basically
point out that Nokia doesn't have any attractive products at the
high end, and at the low end the margins are extremely thin. The
high end products suffer from the Symbian being essentially dead
(even Nokia is recommending that developers not develop native
applications for Symbian, but to use Qt instead), and Nokia doesn't
have much of a development community following it, and it certainly
does have much in the way of 3rd party applications, either
targetting Symbian or Qt at the moment.
"So what do I think of the whole debate between Tomi and Scoble?
First of all, I think there is a huge difference in American and
European assumptions and perspectives, and a big question is
whether the rest of the world will end up looking more like Europe
or America vis-a-vis two key areas: cost of data plans, and whether
phones become much more application centric."