They once ruled the mobile phone market industry and most of them would have their first mobile phone from Nokia (at least for people India to receive can forget the 3310 and 1100 series Nokia phones) and for the professional people who have to receive emails on the go the Blackberry devices with secured email client and a full qwerty keyboard was the only choice.
While Nokia and Blackberry wasn’t the only mobile handset companies that are in the red zone, the companies that co-existed during that era the likes of Sony Ericsson, Motorola (now owned by Google) just went slipping away from the market leaders.
FROM THE PRESS :
Mobile phone maker Nokia Oyi on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter net loss of 1.07 billion euros (US$1.38 billion) as sales slumped 21 percent even as the company’s first smartphones running Microsoft Corp’s Windows hit markets in Europe and Asia.
The loss, widened by a 1 billion euro loss booked on Nokia’s navigation systems unit, compares with a profit of 745 million euros in the same period a year earlier.
Nokia said net revenue — including both its mobile phones and its network divisions — fell from 12.6 billion euros in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 10 billion euros, with smartphone sales plunging 23 percent
NEW YORK (AFP) – Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the co-chief executives of Research In Motion, have resigned following months of investor pressure for a change at the helm of the struggling BlackBerry maker.Chief operating officer Thorsten Heins was named president and CEO of the Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM, which has been steadily losing market share to Apple’s iPhone and handsets powered by Google’s Android software.RIM saw its share of US smartphone subscribers fall to 16.6 percent at the end of November from 19.7 percent at the end of August, according to comScore.
“”An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator. An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator…. these are NOT three separate devices!” “And we are calling it iPhone!”(that was exactly Jan 2007 when Steve Jobs and his men revolutionized the way smartphones shaped in now with the help of iPhone (incidentally Bill gates wrongly predicted Apple won’t be able to sell mobile phones).Google’s Android, Samsung, Light owes so much to Apple for shaping the smartphones as we see it today.
So what went wrong with Nokia and Blackberry?
Nokia still produces very good hardware on it mobiles it’s the software that has been a letdown the Symbian, Ovi platforms neither was able to cope up with the multitasking, user friendly and the multi touch gestures of the iOS and Android’s. Though Nokia has taken a partnership with Windows mobile platform.
The selling point for Blackberry‘s was accessing email on the go with its highly secured email servers. After speaking to a few people in Dubai I was surprised to know people still believe that Blackberry is the only device you can access emails on the go Phew!.The QWERTY keyboard which once cools to show of with is now actually a bulky feature to use with compared to touch screens.You might be surprised that blackberry which launched its tablet series under the brand name Playbook came without even a email client in its platform for tablets. No wonder Playbook is going for a sale in Dubai under the “BUY ONE GET ONE FREE “scheme during the Gitex and Dubai shopping festival sale.
Can Nokia and blackberry stage a comeback ? comments please…