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Nokia’s pre-emptive iPhone alternative axed in 2004 claims frustrated ex-manager

Nokia’s pre-emptive iPhone alternative axed in 2004 claims frustrated ex-manager

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but there'll still be red faces all round in Helsinki after it's revealed that Nokia could've pre-empted the iPhone - at least in terms of hardware - several years before the Apple smartphone hit the market.  Ex-Nokia manager Ari Hakkarainen has been talking to the NYTimes, and claims the company demonstrated a big-display, full-touchscreen smartphone to business customers back in 2004, but that development was axed over fears of the project's cost.  Meanwhile, Nokia execs supposedly rejected proposals for an App Store like online software marketplace in the same year.

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Nokia eyeing Windows Phone 7 as third OS strategy?

Nokia eyeing Windows Phone 7 as third OS strategy?

With both Nokia fans and analysts crying out for the Finnish company to ditch Symbian, we've usually heard Android put forward as the obvious choice for its replacement.  However, according to VentureBeat's "trusted source", we should actually be looking to Microsoft instead.  They've heard that Nokia is "likely to use Windows Phone 7 as an additional platform," along with that the company's board has given new CEO Stephen Elop broad-ranging powers to change previously set-in-stone OS decisions.

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A Week with the Nokia N8: Can Symbian Survive?

A Week with the Nokia N8: Can Symbian Survive?

I'm in London this week at Nokia World and it's a defining moment for Nokia. Last week Nokia announced their CEO's departure, and new CEO (and Microsoft alum) Stephen Elop. Nokia phones once defined state of the art and the S60 platform defined the modern smartphone era in 2002. Today, in a world dominated by news of the latest Android and iOS devices, Nokia looks to drive forward their relevance and innovation.

Among the plethora of news, one of the highlights is Nokia officially unveiling the N8, their flagship device for the Symbian^3 platform. I've been using one for the last week or so and I can safely say it's the best Symbian phone I've ever used. The question remains, though: is that good enough in today's competitive market?

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Nokia Board Chair Jorma Ollila reveals plans to step down in 2012

Nokia Board Chair Jorma Ollila reveals plans to step down in 2012

Nokia's high-profile shedding of top-level execs continues, with the company confirming that board chairman Jorma Ollila is considering stepping down sometime in 2012.  The news follows Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo's firing late last week from the position of CEO at Nokia - a position Ollila previously held, and was instrumental in elevating Kallasvuo to - together with smartphone lead Anssi Vanjoki's resignation announced this morning.

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Nokia smartphone chief Anssi Vanjoki quits on eve of Nokia World 2010

Nokia smartphone chief Anssi Vanjoki quits on eve of Nokia World 2010

Nokia World 2010 was meant to mark the Finnish company's return to form, but it's in serious danger of being overshadowed by reshuffling - forced and otherwise - of their top execs.  Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia EVP and current head of the firm's Mobile Solutions unit (responsible for smartphones and mobile computing devices) has resigned, stating that he feels "the time has come to seek new opportunities."

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Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo ousted as ex-Microsoft Stephen Elop steps in

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo ousted as ex-Microsoft Stephen Elop steps in

With Nokia World 2010 just days away, the Finnish company has announced that CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has been replaced by ex-Microsoft Business head Stephen Elop.  The change - which will take place on September 21st - will also see Kallasvuo cede his position on the Nokia Board, though he will have his non-executive chair of the Nokia Siemens Networks board and a €4.6m severance package to cheer him up.

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