Nokia Windows Phones won’t hit U.S. shores until early 2012

By on October 27, 2011 at 7:25 AM.

Nokia Windows Phones won’t hit U.S. shores until early 2012

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop took the stage at Nokia World on Tuesday and unveiled the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, the company’s first Windows Phone devices. Unfortunately, however, the Finnish phone maker said neither phone will land in the United States this year. Instead, U.S. residents will have to wait until “early 2012″ for Nokia to introduce a “portfolio of products” for the U.S. The comments don’t completely rule out the possibility that we’ll see a version of the Lumia 800 device for the U.S., but it is a bit disappointing to learn Nokia won’t have a Windows Phone option here in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, Elop confirmed Nokia will launch CDMA and LTE devices for “specific local market requirements.” An LTE Nokia Windows Phone? Perhaps that justifies the wait after all. More →

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An exec recounts the moment Nokia’s burning platform scorched MeeGo

By on June 2, 2011 at 7:53 PM.

An exec recounts the moment Nokia’s burning platform scorched MeeGo

Bloomberg’s new cover story, titled “Stephen Elop’s Nokia Adventure,” takes an in depth look at Nokia, its CEO and its “epic fail.” Peppered with great moments, one in particular caught our attention: following the elimination of Symbian, Nokia was left with MeeGo as its smartphone platform of the future. Chief Development Officer Kai Oistämö had concerns about the platform, and after voicing them to Elop, the pair decided to reevaluate the company’s path. Elop mapped out several things on a whiteboard — products in development, projected launch dates, OS bugs and so on. After stepping back and realizing that the company might only launch three new MeeGo devices before 2014, Elop and Oistämö had the chat that would change Nokia forever. “It was truly an oh-s–t moment—and really, really painful to realize where we were,” Oistämö told Bloomberg. “MeeGo had been the collective hope of the company, and we’d come to the conclusion that the emperor had no clothes. It’s not a nice thing.” More →

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Nokia courted RIM before jumping into bed with Microsoft, report claims

By on February 15, 2011 at 4:37 PM.

Nokia courted RIM before jumping into bed with Microsoft, report claims

According to an unconfirmed report from TechCrunch Europe, Nokia explored a possible partnership with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion before announcing its decision to adopt Windows Phone 7. It had been widely reported that Nokia was deciding between Google’s Android platform and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS when considering its future, but RIM’s BlackBerry platform was apparently also in the running to become Nokia’s potential savior. Citing “well-placed sources,” the blog claims that RIM wasn’t interested in a partnership and so the decision came down to two options. The report goes on to suggest that Google’s refusal to let Nokia make certain changes to the Android platform also played a big role in the Finnish giant’s final decision. Nokia, for example, wanted to replace Google Maps with Ovi Maps and change the way Android handles various PIM data, and Google said no. Nokia could have foregone Google’s blessing and done whatever it wanted with the open source platform, of course, but then it would just end up back where it started. In the end, Microsoft and its Windows Phone 7 operating system won — possibly by default — and the rest is history… or “future,” as it were. More →

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An interview with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop

By on February 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM.

An interview with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop

Earlier this morning at Mobile World Congress, we got a chance to conduct a small group interview with Nokia’s freshly minted CEO, Stephen Elop. With Nokia’s big announcement this past Friday now in the rear view mirror, there was plenty to talk about, of course — and Elop, who has a reputation for being very candid, did not disappoint. “Our competition isn’t other Windows Phone manufacturers, it’s Android,” said the CEO. What will Nokia do to combat the little green alien and regain a foothold in the U.S.? Hit the jump for the full audio from the interview to find out. More →

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NYT: Nokia suffers from 'stifling bureaucratic culture'

By on September 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM.

NYT: Nokia suffers from 'stifling bureaucratic culture'

The New York Times has an interesting piece up about the hardships Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, is about to face. Insiders and former employees describe the inner-workings of Nokia as a “stifling bureaucratic culture.” Citing the 2002 cancellation of a 3D user interface for Symbian handsets and the 2004 scrapping of a full-touchscreen prototype device and online mobile applications store, the Times details just what kind of corporate environment Mr. Elop is stepping into. “Proposals were often rejected because their payoffs were seen as too small,” said Ari Hakkarainen, a Nokia manager from 1999 to 2007. Kai Nyman, Nokia’s former chief architect for enterprise domain strategy, described the scrapping of a 3D interface his team had created in 2002; management rejected the idea as it added $2.05 in production costs to each handset. Samsung release the first 3D interface 7-years later in 2009. Nokia is still set to sell a mind-boggling 70 million smartphones this year — not to mention account for 1.6% of Finland’s GDP — let’s hope Mr. Elop can turn the corporate culture around. More →

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Nokia taps Microsoft executive Stephen Elop as new CEO

By on September 10, 2010 at 7:05 AM.

Nokia taps Microsoft executive Stephen Elop as new CEO

Just four days before the start of the Nokia World global conference, Nokia Corp. has announced they will replace their current CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, with Microsoft executive Stephen Elop. Mr. Elop was the head of Microsoft’s business division and his resume includes high-ranking positions at Juniper Networks, Adobe Systems, Macromedia, and Boston Chicken (yes, Boston Chicken). Nokia indicated that Elop would assume his newly appointed position on September 21. “The time is right to accelerate the company’s renewal — to bring in new executive leadership with different skills and strengths in order to drive company success,” said Nokia’s chairman of the board Jorma Ollila. Nokia’s stock jumped 5% when the news was made public. More →

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