Wow, what a slow week. This is the point where I usually rant on about a particular news item from the past seven days, but… pfft. Talk about slim pickings.
There’s not even anything I can use to vaguely justify going off on a huge tangent about something else. Nothing. Gimme something to work with here, mobile industry.
I guess the biggest news is all the Nokia stuff. A whopping 4,000 jobs cut, and a further 3,000 employees moved – presumably reluctantly – to the outsource company Accenture.
Ooh, I could go off on a tangent about the evils of outsourcing, but I actually helped to outsource some UK-based work to India a couple of years ago, so that’d make me a bit of a hypocrite. Don’t judge me; they put me up in a 5-star hotel.
Anyway, is it just me, or is this “transitional period” for Nokia a bit depressing? The first Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset might arrive in Q4 this year, but we’re not getting any promises from Elop & Co till they’re fairly certain they can deliver. That’s fair enough, but still… it’s freakin’ ages away, man.
Even then, the Finns reckon it’ll be 2013 before the transition to Windows Phone 7 is complete. By which time it’ll probably be Windows Phone 9 or something.
And it sounds as though a Nokia tablet is on the cards, but that’ll presumably have a 2012 ETA.
So, in the meantime, the Finnish manufacturer promises they’ve got a healthy supply of Symbian stuff for us to play with. But, as if struggling with a terminal illness wasn’t bad enough, the ailing operating system is now synonymous with outsourcing. Bleurgh.
I miss the days when Nokia was great. Pretty much everyone I knew had a 3210 or similar, and idle minutes were spent playing Snake. Truly glorious times.
Nokia will have a tough time simultaneously restoring consumers’ faith and convincing us that Windows Phone 7 is the one true path, but anything has to be better than this lull.
Hurry up, dudes. Give it your best shot.