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Comment: Re:We'll see... (Score 1, Insightful) 420

by ecki (#44782745) Attached to: Nokia Insider On Why It Failed and Why Apple Could Be Next

A classic case of innovator's dilemma I'm afraid.

When something cut off at the knees by the CEO is outselling his pet project five to one you know that the CEO is not working for the company that he's supposed to be running.

Which is very close to what Apple did with the iPad and Mac. Sometimes you have to be able to move past a dead end by drastic measures.

PS: Symbian (or to be precise, S60) was crap. Crap to use, crap to develop, and crap to develop for (I did all three). Good riddance.

Comment: Re:Fail (Score 1) 420

by ecki (#44782725) Attached to: Nokia Insider On Why It Failed and Why Apple Could Be Next

However, in 2009 and in 2010, Nokia was growing its sales...

Not true for the smartphone segment (which is what the burning platform memo addresses): (based on Garner data, similar graphs which go back far enough are easily found)

The decline started already in 2007, and Android started surpassing Symbian during 2010. The burning platform memo was from early 2011.

Comment: Re:no way (Score 2) 218

by ecki (#42560189) Attached to: Symbian Sells Millions, Despite Nokia Pushing Windows Phone

... of which none did deliver or were stillborn. The cross platformness of Qt was compromised from the start with two competing UI frameworks libdui for Harmattan and Orbit for Symbian. This is a good article about that mess. And from what we know about Meltemi, it would have been a third, incompatible framework.

Nokia did achieve only the minimum target for Symbian, and that is to retrofit Qt 4.8 to Symbian 9.2/^3.

Before anybody blames Elop for this, 90% of it happened before his time.

Comment: Re:The Qualcomm question (Score 1) 179

by ecki (#41176415) Attached to: Samsung Unveils Windows Phone 8 Device and Android-Based Camera

I'm glad to see your comment already at +5 - it's spot on, couldn't have written it better. Qualcomm is the achilles heel for Nokia, and making a change to any other chipset vendor will be really hard. The ramp down of Nokia's production of own chipsets produced by TI is by the way another severely limiting factor for Nokia to continue to deliver any Symbian based devices (not that there would be a big market for them now).

Nokia's failed chipset strategy during the last five years is monumental, and deadly when combined with the Qualcomm lawsuit outcome.

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