AppAnnie just published its November statistics about global app sales and the results indicate that the Finnish surge in the app market continues. Supercell’s Clash of Clans and Hay Day were the top two iOS games in revenue generation during the month of November. Rovio grabbed the #7 slot with Angry Birds Star Wars and #10 with Angry Birds Star Wars HD. This is fairly fascinating, because it demonstrates that the $3 iPad version of Angry Birds is generating nearly as much revenue as the $1 iPhone version. More →
Nokia on Thursday announced that it will cut as many as 1,000 jobs at its plant in Salo, Finland. The company’s layoffs will happen gradually through 2012, with most cuts happening by the end of June, Reuters reported. The Salo plant is the last large cell phone manufacturing plant in Western Europe, as most businesses have moved their manufacturing to Asia. Last month, Nokia shed 2,300 workers from a plant in Komarom, Hungary and 700 others in Reynosa, Mexico as it too shifted much of its manufacturing to China. This new round of layoffs comes as part of a larger effort to cut costs following the €1 billion loss the company reported last quarter. More →
Nokia Siemens Networks recently announced that it will cut as many as 1,200 jobs in Finland and lay off another 2,900 workers in Germany as it begins to restructure the company. Both Nokia and Siemens originally tried to sell the joint venture, which has struggled to report a profit, but gave up those plans this past summer. The move is expected to save €1 billion per year, Reuters said Tuesday. Nokia Siemens Networks is the second larger maker of phone network equipment in the world behind Ericsson, and the joint venture was originally created to help both Siemens and Nokia better compete on a global scale. Nokia Siemens Networks originally said that it plans to cut as many as 17,000 jobs by 2013. More →
A report filed by Bloomberg paints a grim picture for Nokia Oyj workers the world over. With an announced and looming restructuring in the works, the publication writes that “a reduction in research and development activities is set to be announced by the end of the month” and that “as many as 6,000 jobs” could be cut. Back in February — just days before Mobile World Congress — the company’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, announced that Nokia would adopt Microsoft’s recently released Windows Phone operating system on future smartphones. The announcement also noted that the company would begin to sunset development, support, and research activities centered around the Symbian and MeeGo operating systems — the two mobile operating systems currently utilized by Nokia phones. This reduction in activity translates into a surplus of unneeded, full-time job positions. At the close of 2010, Nokia employed 58,642 people in its handset organisation — 16,134 work in research and development. The company has over 16,000 workers located in Finland, and accounts for just north of 2% of that country’s total gross domestic product.
A Nokia spokesperson confirmed on Thursday that Nokia will cut fewer jobs in an upcoming round of layoffs than it initially announced. Speaking with Bloomberg Businessweek, Nokia spokeswoman Paeivyt Tallqvist confirmed that Nokia’s upcoming workforce reductions would trim 500 workers from various locations in Finland. The cell phone maker said last month that 800 employees would be let go. According to the revised agreement with unions, Nokia will cut 120 jobs from its headquarters in Espoo, 198 from its Tampere location, 103 from Oulu and and 82 from its manufacturing plant in Salo. More →
Nokia confirmed Tuesday that it plans to cut approximately 800 jobs in its home country of Finland. The newly confirmed work force reductions are in addition to the 1,800 jobs Nokia announced it would have to cut this past October. Nokia said it has concluded negotiations with employee representatives, and it will give affected workers between five and 15 months salary as severance. Nokia stated that the new round of layoffs will begin in January 2011, and it hopes some of the laid off employees will be relocated elsewhere in the company. More →
Fresh off the wire, Apple is reminding everyone that their flagship product, the iPhone 4, will go on sale in 17 additional countries beginning July 30th. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland to be exact. Hit the bounce for the full release. More →
Thanks to a new law that comes into effect today, every single citizen of Finland now has a legal right to a wired broadband connection with a minimum speed of 1Mbps. According to communication minister Suvi Linden, the reason for the law is due to the fact that “internet services are no longer just for entertainment” and that it is a necessary to have to live in their “information society.” In Finland, all but 4% of households currently have broadband connections. This, says the government, equates to about 4,000 households, all of which should be compliant with the new law in short order. And just in case you’re curious, no, the Finnish government isn’t going to go totally ape if people who benefit from this law get into piracy. According to Linden, the most the Finnish government will do if someone is illegally downloading copyrighted material is send them letters. More →
With Apple and BlackBerry nipping at Nokia’s heels, the Finnish company is planning on making some major changes in 2010. Nokia made some pretty big announcements at its Capital Markets Day yesterday with forecasts for 2010 as well as a demo of a significantly improved Symbian UI. We’ve made a lot of jabs against Symbian looking pretty dated and being in need of a major overhaul, and it looks like Nokia might be finally answering the call. Nokia CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo says:
In 2010, we will drive user experience improvements, and the progress we make will take the Symbian user interface to a new level. As an operating system, Symbian has reach and flexibility like no other platform, and we have measures in place to push smartphones down to new price points globally, while growing margins. I see great opportunity for Nokia to capture new growth in our industry, by creating what we expect to be the world’s biggest platform for services on the mobile.
A better user experience and pushing down price points will definitely help Nokia retain its global lead, but that experience and those new prices are going to have to be really competitive. Interestingly, while Nokia predicts that mobile device volumes will be up 10% in the next year, it sees its own volume market share to be flat in 2010. Whatever Nokia has planned, it’s in it for the long haul. More →