Whilst not directly Nokia related, the story of BlackBerry as a once dominant platform mimics Nokia’s journey in some ways. Both dominant in the past but one ditching their base OS platform for something new and another holding on to it for all it was worth. Now many love to reminisce at Nokia’s OSes (I love to do that for Maemo) and dream of a Nokia that could have been. Once BB10 was released, many wished Nokia could have held onto its own platform and be a strong comeback kid like BlackBerry seemed to be.
But as TheVerge says, the new OS hasn’t stopped BB bleeding marketshare, “both the dominant Android and the growing Windows Phone platforms are chipping away at what’s left of BlackBerry’s base.” Whilst the aim oF Nokia/MS wasn’t high initially, it was something attainable – getting to third position with the relatively unknown WP/Lumia. They’ve done that
A few weeks ago, Janne wrote an interesting piece.
Better the devil you know.
Here’s the Press Release that details the committee that’s looking to explore BB’s options.
Who should buy BlackBerry? HP? We do love what they did to WebOS
Samsung? What’s happening to Tizen? Apparently Sammy wants to distance themselves from Android despite the strong position there. And I read somewhere of Sammy getting a BBM app.
Microsoft? Just to stop someone else getting BB. They already have Nokia to do what they need hardware wise.
Google already has Motorola.
Nokia? Some say they should merge with BB but why. Nokia’s also just been on a spending spree with NSN. Though it would be somewhat nice to see those swipe things going back to Nokia.
From JoyOfTech (via TheVerge comments)
Nokia’s position of growth maybe ‘mediocre’ (favourite word by some of our commenters) but at least it’s there. Nokia’s getting love and praise for their Lumia devices, most recently the camera in the 1020 is killing it out there. All we’re waiting for now is for Nokia to unleash the potential of WP. Easier said than done. But it’s still a possibility.
Cheers Alvester for the tip!