Sad news was spread today morning, wasn’t it?
Some argue that it’s good news but I bet you, those who know what’s going on will absolutely not say that.
Yes, Nokia is being sold to Microsoft and stop right there if you are going to say it’s only a part of it because I have to tell you that it is actually more than that since we said Elop is just a CEO and is going to go soon. He stayed, basically sold Nokia and now he’s going back to be a manager in the department of Trojans.
Nokia was the company that everyone used to love and there wasn’t so many people saying the strategy is wrong, till the iPhone came along and all of a sudden Nokia went wrong! although they still had their fans but many of them went to iPhone although for instance a Nokia N95 had a much better hardware specs than the first 2G capable iPhone except for the touch screen part which has changed the whole definition of smartphones since then but despite that, I felt quite “meh” about it.
Nokia struggled and tried to make Symbian as up-to-date as possible but there was no use because apparently they wanted to keep the concept of the UI, but make it touch compatible as which didn’t actually work that well, See the N8 or E7 before getting the Belle update. So they saw that they have their N900 which has the best UI of all Nokia phones (despite being landscape only which almost was no problem for the end users who bought it) with Maemo 5 and since they had the plan to bring an update called Maemo 6 around with a new phone that everyone guessed it’s going to be named N9 they set off and started to get this Maemo 6 thingy more seriously. Meanwhile intel came along with their Moblin OS which was basically a fail at that time with it’s partial UI and decided to merge it with Maemo from Nokia to make a brand new perfect OS called MeeGo Harmattan (Harmattan was meant to be the UI name for Maemo 6 before Intel came along). And they set off working on this merge but the clock was ticking and more loss were damaging Nokia.
MeeGo was partially ready and almost completely usable, N9’s design features were on the table ready to be produced. Elop was new around so he said okay let’s produce the N9 so at least we can get some profit back from all the loss we gave away during this time. N9 came out with its brother the N950 in the time that Android wasn’t even Gingerbread yet. It was quite a domination of the market till few days after the announcement of that magnificent UI concept, Elop announced that N9 will be the first and the last mass produced MeeGo phone.
He showed his dark side, he came from Microsoft and convinced the share holders about moving to WP, why? I believe because
- WP has been around more than MeeGo. (Elop claims it means WP is better)
- Microsoft was about to pay them a load of cash in exchange of the contract.
- He was sent to do this.
- He acted so clever with a great timing (Right when the money was reaching its bottom!)
They were convinced after several meetings and analyzes.
The first Nokia WP came out named Lumia 800 with the almost exact same design of N9 alongside with another budget version which didn’t look so good and it is now forgotten (Lumia 710). They were around for quite some time till the Lumia 900 (Another forgotten contender) came but till then, N9 sold more in only few countries more than L800 and L710 worldwide (According to some unofficial sources which claimed their info is legit). That aside, Nokia had to rethink the strategy since the #SwitchToLumia wasn’t working so well and there went a lot of investments on the marketing side of the story.
With that said, WP8 was almost ready and it showed up with the most basic things that people needed like support of a multi-core processor or some SD cards and HD resolution. People weren’t as cheered up as they should be because Microsoft were holding their horses back really tight and I still don’t know why they didn’t give the user more openness.
Anyhow, the time came and after all those engineerings done by Nokia in terms of hardware design plus the whole “Smartphone devision” was sold to Microsoft, today according to this little note on Nokia’s press release for $7.1 billion (Yes, less than Skype corporation bought by the same so called Microsoft for $8.5 billion).
Thankfully the NSN (Nokia Siemens Networks) is still being managed independently by Nokia but the smartphone devision with 32,000 employees is now being a part of Microsoft.
There could be many things happening now, although it’s all a whole lot of mess at this moment and nothing can be said about their next plans.
But the important point is that the true Nokians are now building a truly amazing device in a small boat called Jolla. They simply saw the ship sinking and sailed away with their little rescue boat called Jolla!And today’s news made (Or will make) Jolla Finland’s number one smartphone maker. So for us Jolla fans wasn’t that bad./
— Marc Dillon (@MarcDillonDotFi) September 3, 2013
Sepehr Noori (James)