The introduction of Nokia Asha 310 is clear evidence that the gap in the user experience between entry-level smartphones and feature phones is blurring. This phone mimics to perfection key aspects of a smartphone including touch/gesture UI, support for various connectivity solutions, storage footprint, and most importantly support for more popular applications and multimedia content.
Device vendor Nokia has poached Taiwanese rival HTC’s EMEA president Florian Seiche. Seiche will head the Finnish firm’s European sales team from June 15, while HTC will replace him with EMEA VP product and operations Phil Blair.
Nokia has made strides in restoring its reputation among its UK consumers, according to research from YouGov. The market research expert’s Smartphone Mobile Internet eXperiences tracker (SMIX) shows that the Finnish firm substantially improved its levels of customer advocacy and loyalty during the last three months of 2012.
Today the Informer feels like he has woken up in a parallel universe; one in which Apple is being vilified for its quarterly financial performance, while Nokia recorded an actual profit.
Struggling handset maker Nokia has posted an operating profit of €439m in 4Q12, up from a loss of €954m recorded in the same quarter of 2011. Despite the turnaround, the Finnish firm saw quarterly sales drop year-on-year from €10bn to €8.04bn.
Finnish handset firm Nokia has announced plans to cut its global IT workforce by 300 employees. The firm will also transfer part of its IT activities and up to 820 employees to Indian outsourcing firms HCL Technologies and Tata Consultancy Services.
It’s a lament often made by those at the heady heights of their careers, but who is it tougher on: the bright stars or the team they work with?
As a sign of the tough times the Finnish handset manufacturer is going through these days, Nokia has agreed to sell and lease back its head office building in Espoo, Finland. The firm said that it sold the office because “owning real estate is not part of Nokia’s core business”.
Embattled handset manufacturers Nokia and RIM are now locked in a dispute with each other over patents in the US, Canada and UK. The two firms are fighting over intellectual property they have licensed to each other since 2003, which enables phones to connect to wifi networks.
Operators in the African region are not capitalising on an opportunity to foster entrepreneurial skills and provide opportunities to young people, according to Anne Shongwe, founder and CEO at educational games developer Afroes. Speaking at the Entrepreneurial Incubator Hub at AfricaCom, she said that convincing mobile operators to support her business has proven to be challenging.
Struggling handset maker Nokia has posted its fifth consecutive quarterly loss. The firm recorded an operating loss of €576m for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The loss dwarfs the €71m loss the firm posted in the same period in 2011. Net sales also dropped 19 per cent year-on-year from €8.98bn to €7.24bn
As is usual on the morning of the launch of an iPhone, there were queues outside Apple retail stores so long that even the Parisian paparazzi struggled to capture the scenes with their hi-tech lenses. But although the majority of those sleeping rough for several nights to be among the first to own the slightly thinner, slightly taller and slightly faster version of last year’s phone were hardcore Apple fans, an increasing proportion were opportunists, lining up to be caught on camera in their promotional t-shirts or selling their space in line for four figure sums.
It’s that time of year again readers: Back to school. New shoes; new backpack; new Windows Phone 8 device?
Yep, they’re finally here – – those first Windows Phone 8 handsets, launched in that awkward window between the end of August and the annual Apple product frenzy that takes place in early September. As if Windows Phone champion Nokia didn’t already have enough to worry about, handset king Samsung delivered the Finn a ringing slap across the face by announcing its own WP8 unit six days earlier.
In an effort to consolidate its position as the third biggest player in the smartphone ecosystem, Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia has unveiled two devices running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform.The move comes less than a week after Samsung pipped Nokia to the post with a view of the first Windows Phone 8 device to be seen.
Beating Microsoft partner Nokia to the punch, Korean handset giant Samsung has unveiled the first Windows Phone 8 (WP8) handset. The ATIV S handset was showcased at the IFA 2012 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. It has a 4.8in display and runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.
The decline of the once largest handset manufacturer in the world, Nokia, is showing little sign of abating as the firm posted a net loss of €1.41bn in the second quarter quarter of 2012. The loss is almost four times as much as that made by the Finnish firm in the same quarter a year earlier (€368m loss). The firm also saw a 19 per cent year-on-year drop in net sales, down to €7.54bn from €9.28bn in 2Q11.
Perseverance is the word which comes to mind following on from the release of Nokia’s 2Q12 results, and subsequent results call. Overall shipments marginally rose by one per cent to 83.7 million quarter-on-quarter, nothing like the huge drop in shipments seen from 4Q11 to 1Q12. Feature phones have performed better than perhaps expected, with shipments actually up quarter-on-quarter by four per cent to 73.5 million. Smartphone shipments were down by 14 per cent quarter-on-quarter, and although Lumia shipments hit a high of four million units, Nokia has still not plugged the gap in sales left by former Symbian devices. ASP for smartphones increased quarter-on-quarter by six per cent to €151, while the overall ASP decreased by six per cent owning to a decline in ASP for feature phones.
Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia will shut down two of its four regional sales offices in China as part of its restructuring plans. The news comes in the same week that the firm has slashed the price of its flagship Lumia handset, and the news does not bode well for the company’s 2Q12 earnings announcement, due to be held on Thursday.
A group of ex-Nokia executives has set up a start-up firm aiming to design, develop and sell MeeGo based smartphones. MeeGo is a free Linux-based mobile operating system project that was first announced at Mobile World Congress 2010 by Intel and Nokia. It was designed to go toe to toe with Android and iOS in the top end smartphone space.
Consumers have shown that they are willing to pay a premium for a smartphone if the device is good enough. But they have not been enticed by low-cost smartphones, as it seems that many consumers in developed markets view their smartphone as both a crucial part of their lives and a status symbol. And at the end of the day, if they’re stuck with a phone for a 24-month contract, they want a good one.