Nokia Not Dead
Board: Nokia Corp.
Back in April we had a grim 9 post 'Outlook' thread with only one positive post here. On that thread Windows Phone was declared "non-viable" by one long time New Nokia Bear and it was also declared that "the platform is a failure." -- two decidedly non-Foolish but decidedly foolish statements of non-factual off the wall opinions in my considered opinion.
In the interim Nokia held 2 important media events in May that were not mentioned here -- the 1st in New Delhi where the new evolved 'Nokia Asha' OS platform and SDK was launched along with the 1st full-touch Asha 'smartphone' (the 501 Asha) running the evolved OS (with its new UI and new services).
A week later after announcing the release of the Verizon Lumia 928 worldphone a few days earlier. and after the Lumia 521 was released on T-Mobile USA, Nokia held a 2nd media event in London. At this event Nokia launched the Lumia 925, a slimmed down aluminum and polycarbonate Lumia 920, with AMOLED CBD PureMotion HD display, an improved PureView camera with OIS, 6 element Carl Zeis optics and accompanying improved imaging software which will be released in all major global markets on a non-exclusive basis. The 925 overcomes a perceived (or real shortcoming of the 920 (i.e. its thickness and weight) and improves the camera and display, and 1st party applications. This will undoubtedly be the single highest volume selling high end Lumia to date.
The 925 will be on shelves on several networks in Germany and Great Britain -- two EU5 markets where Lumia's are already starting to gain significant traction -- this week, and a China Mobile TD-SCDMA variant will be released shortly while China Unicom will also sell the GSM/WCDMA/HSPA version.
The most recent Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports tracking Windows Phone 'sales' (a 3 month moving average that is a rough equivalent of sell-out) in 9 of the 12 markets they track and the combined EU5 for the 3 month period ending April show good Windows Phone progress against competitive OSs:
Q2 2013 marks the 1st quarter that a full range of Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices, competitive at all price points has been shipping. Windows Store is well on its way to being available in 190 markets (by year end) with steadily increasing and platform leading language support.
Here in the States we'll soon see a new AT&T exclusive Lumia PureView Pro flagship that will rock the smartphone imaging world as the Symbian Belle Nokia 808 did before it.
This board may be dead but the New Nokia headed by Stephen Elop is not and neither is the Windows Phone OS platform, which is a viable alternative to iOS and Android across a full range of price points.
Best to all,
- Eric L. -