Finnish phone maker Nokia and its CEO, Stephen Elop are being blamed by its investors of not doing enough to ensure long term sustainability, especially in comparison to the rising clout of rivals. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop had to field some tough questions about his decisions regarding the company, since he took over the top post two years ago.
Stephen had decided to ditch the decades-old Smartphone OS of Choice for Nokia; Symbian for Microsoft’s iteration Windows Phone OS. Coincidentally, the CEO was an ex-employee of the Redmond based tech giant. After a detailed analysis about the decision, it was estimated that the transition from Symbian to Windows Phone will take about 2 years to complete.
That time period is now over. Though Nokia’s flagship phones from the Lumia Series have shown some promising sales figures, they are nowhere in the league of the ones made by Samsung & Apple Inc. Interestingly though, in the feature phone segment, Nokia’s Asha Series has been doing reasonably well.
What’s Nokia Planning? At one point Nokia was developing a worthy successor to Symbian; MeeGo. But it abruptly decided to infuse the hardware with Windows Phone OS. Though the efficacy of the decision has yet to be felt profoundly, the power of the abandoned OS could soon be experienced as Jolla had adopted the OS & is working hard to build a finalised & refined edition called Sailfish.
Stephen has made it clear the company has no plan to abandon Windows Phone OS, “We make adjustments as we go. But it’s very clear to us that in today’s war of ecosystems; we’ve made a very clear decision to focus on Windows Phone with our Lumia product line. And it is with that that we will compete with competitors like Samsung and (Google’s operating system) Android” he emphasised. Will this decision be honoured by the consumers or will Nokia have to relent & think of something else?
Source | NDTV Gadgets