Conspiracy theorists have long pointed at the transplant of Microsoft's Stephen Elop into Nokia as part of the software giant's plan to swallow up the leading phone maker. Claims from industry insiders are also fanning the flame, especially with a recent tweet from Eldar Murtazin that suggests Microsoft and Nokia may indeed begin talks next week about an acquisition.
Nokia's tablet plans have rumbled along for some time now, with no sign of any hardware - at least that's been revealed to us mere consumers - and it looks like we shouldn't expect an iPad rival any time soon, either. In an interview with YLE, CEO Stephen Elop has reiterated the stance first taken at the Nokia Windows Phone announcement, that the company's engineers are looking at all the possible options from Microsoft's software line-up, along with "other software assets" that likely includes MeeGo.
Nokia has sold the Qt commercial licensing and services business to Digia, further distancing itself from the development framework. According to the terms of the deal - expected to be closed by the end of this month - Digia will gain "around 3,500 desktop and embedded customer companies from various industries"; Nokia has said it will continue to invest in Qt.
Another year, another Mobile World Congress, and the unstoppable juggernaut that is the smartphone industry continues apace. SlashGear took its biggest team to MWC 2011 to-date, and still found more than enough to keep us busy in Barcelona. After the cut, the stand-out products, the key mobile themes of 2011, and how tablets are muscling in on smart mobility.
Nokia's decision to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone 7 might not have been met with glee from many developers, but the company looks to be addressing its coding community in a decent way. SlashGear has been passed details of an email sent to Nokia Launchpad program members, in which they're promised a free Nokia E7 together with "one free Nokia WP7 device, as soon as it becomes available."
One of the biggest surprises to be unveiled so far this year was the announcement by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop that Nokia would be moving from Symbian to the Windows Phone OS. Notice I didn’t say Windows Phone 7. Apparently, the current Windows Phone 7 won’t be used and the move to the Microsoft mobile OS will be pushed until at least October 2011 to wait for the next update.
In an open letter from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer published today, the two chief executives promise to "disrupt" other mobile ecosystems, "overcome" challenges and "be swift" in their implementation of Windows Phone 7 on Nokia hardware. "Together," the letter claims, "we see the opportunity, and we have the will, the resources and the drive to succeed."
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has insisted that the decision over the company's future platform strategy must enable long-term viability and partnership opportunities, rather than simply a short-term rescue to the company's finances in 2011. "It's not just differentiation but sustainable differentiation" the new chief-exec told AllThingsD in an interview last week, running through the pros and cons of MeeGo, Android and Windows Phone 7 as the potential suitors for Nokia's well-esteemed hardware.
The full text of the Nokia "Standing on a burning platform" memo distributed internally by CEO Stephen Elop has apparently leaked, and even in the face of the continuing platform rumors, it's perhaps the biggest indicator that the Finnish company is about to undergo a significant change. Engadget scored a copy of what's believed to be the full text in which Elop blames a lack of "accountability and leadership" along with "a series of misses" against Apple who "owns the high-end range," Android, which "came in at the high-end ... are now winning the mid-range, and quickly are going downstream," and cut price Shenzhen devices for emerging markets. "We haven't been delivering innovation fast enough" he chides, "we're not collaborating internally."
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is reportedly preparing to significantly shake up the company's top management, axing big names such as executive VP of phones Mary MacDowell and executive VP of markets Niklas Savander. According to German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche, around half of the Nokia executive board will be replaced, including executive VP of services and mobile solutions Tero Ojanperä, and chief development officer Kai Öistämö.