Nokia: Looking Ahead
Nokia made an official press release to aid in defending the N8 leak and predict a positive future, especially in the area of the smartphone.
A summary of the press release has Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo saying, “In 2010, we will drive user experience improvements, and the progress we make will take the Symbian user interface to a new level—like no other platform." Perhaps, but with the N8 delays will that new level interface even come in 2010?
The press release also offers that by year-end of 2011, their smartphones will be cheaper than the iPhone or Android smartphones. With the fall of the Palm Pre and Android hot on iPhone’s tail, price wars with Nokia may just give them the upper hand in the smartphone market, that is if they can get the price where consumers want it to be.
Nokia also predicts smartphone market shares up by 10% by 2011 in the US and in Europe they expect to have “300 million active users." Looking even further ahead by 2014, Nokia says they will “re-engineer the Symbian user interface," that is if they can see how the Nokia N8 is working out, especially with real users. They also expect to increase the “proportion of touch and/or QWERTY devices in the smartphone portfolio."
If the stock market keeps seeing Nokia shares fall and with the issue of the Nokia N8 leaked, along with all the other blog posts and bad prototype reviews all over the web, it’s anyone’s guess what the release of the N8 will bring. Do expect, however, Android and the iPhone will stay tops for now and the N8 price tag may not help its case.