Symbian was due to be shelved for sure, but teaming up with Microsoft and going with WP was obviously a horrible choice. Meego wouldn't have bankrupted them. The Meego phones they made are still so popular that people still pay for them even though the OS is pretty much unsupported. Jolla seems to be doing fine with Sailfish, obviously it's a bit early to say, but why do you think Nokia couldn't have done what Jolla is doing now? The Jolla workers are even the same people who were in Nokia at the time, so it's not a question of expertise, nor resources. There's really no good reason why Nokia couldn't have succeeded with Meego.
Come on, you don't believe that yourself. Elop did several mind-numbingly fuckwitted things that single-handedly caused a huge collapse in Nokia's revenue and worth. Burning platforms?There was no good decision to make; that the company is in such dire straits (and to be honest, I'm surprised it's not worse) is a reflection of the company between 2006-2010, rather than anything in the Elop era.
Ah, that's not a testament of Nokia's marketing genius, it's rather of the sorry state of Microsoft's mobile OS. No one knows or remembers any other windows phones other than the Lumias. And when it comes to the Lumias, they're mainly notorious for being crappy phones and breaking all the time.At least in the UK, Nokia's marketing has been successful enough that (despite the still rather low marketshare), people tend to refer to Windows Phone devices generically as 'Lumias'. There's definitely still an identity there for them, though whether they can ever rise again, I don't know.
Two years before Elop, Nokia was still the biggest phonemaker. Nokia had the best carrier relations, and they were doing great everywhere except the US market, which has always been difficult to conquer for Nokia.http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=NOK&...=14&f=2013&g=m tells you about all you need to know about Nokia: two years before Elop, the market had already decided the company more or less had no future. And it had a point.
Outside of the serious enthusiast press, the N9 received very little attention, and even then a great deal of it was lavished on the industrial design - which was certainly best in class. Unfortunately the hardware was a couple of years out of date and the software just wasn't good enough. (Ever actually tried to use the keyboard? Or deal with Tracker's famed 'just out of time' indexing, where it finishes pegging your CPU shortly after you'd given up on actually being able to listen to music? Or how about syncing your phone with anything? The Twitter app? Email?)
And this is the phone which would've saved the company.
Also, look at other events which have happened since then: Android maturing, and attacking all market segments, from Samsung's high-priced flagship-every-six-months to random Chinese OEMs white-anting S40's marketshare with €50 smartishphones (remind me again too, what was MeeGo's low-cost strategy?); Apple becoming the most valuable company on the planet by not only shipping boatloads of iPhones, but getting the halo effect from the iPad; the similar demise of RIM/Blackberry, for which people seem to see a totally broken company and corporate culture on every level rather than just blaming one person; 'app' has become one of the most-used words, forcing Android to completely change every element of its deployment strategy to even compete at all in an area where neither Symbian nor MeeGo have ever, ever been relevant.
Ten years before Elop, Nokia had amazing tech in its research labs which they still haven't managed to productise. It was (and still is) great at the logistics of shipping very cheap and simple phones, squeezing every cent out of the margins. The Lumia series is the first really viable phone series I've seen them ship and execute on since the N95, and even then they found a way to screw the pooch: after publicly announcing that they'd receive major upgrades, they claimed that WP7 phones couldn't get upgrades as WP8 supported SMP and NFC, and tried to keep the early adopters happy with a tiny incremental upgrade that let you change the size of tiles. Proof that as an organisation, they're still totally incapable of growing and supporting an ecosystem. And that's not new, or any one person's fault.
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famously told them to go Android. But this advice was rejected and Elop was hired to make Windows phones.
Btw. there is a very interesting recent Interview with Mr. Gassée where he talks about mobile and Apple mostly. Don't mind the interviewer though.
Actually Nokia started counting Asha phones as smartphones now, so their self-proclaimed share will be higher than 5%.
I'm really looking forward to testing it.