Nokia has been the largest producer of smartphones in the world since 1996. However, a recent Reuters article says that is going to change very soon, as Samsung is poised to supplant the Finnish powerhouse by the end of the quarter. And if that news wasn't alarming enough for Nokia, projections by Nomura analysts point to Apple becoming #2 on the list as soon as Quarter 4, and HTC landing in a virtual tie at third sometime in 2012.
This signals what analysts say is a shift to Asian manufacturers gaining more and more ground. Nokia will remain the largest overall cellphone maker through all of this, but it is clear that smartphones is where the industry is heading, with the exception of emerging countries. If they continue to decline in the smartphone market, they may not be long for this world.
It is no secret that Nokia is putting all its eggs in the WP7 basket, which it hopes will arrive in Quarter 4. The company has been steadily losing marketshare, but has really been fighting to tread water since partnering with Microsoft, seeing it's stock prices dwindle amongst other things.
Nokia has always had Samsung beat in terms of build quality, but the software has always suffered. Now that they will both run WP7 (among other things), Nokia's strengths and Microsofts strengths together will make for a really great product. This really can't happen soon enough... Neither can Mango.
This should not be a surprise, with Symbian being fazed out and not in favour among consumers Nokia was always going to struggle till they produce their WP7 portfolio and even then will be effectively building from scratch. Seems like a story geared to put Nokia in as bad a light as possible because of their decision to use WP7.
Oh god yes, original Transformers.Freaking nostalgia bomb.
I really hope WP7 is enough to send Nokia back to the top (and vice versa). Nokia is one of the few hardware manufactures that makes fantastic hardware. Samsung can be hit or miss sometimes. Also doesn't help that Samsung is saving their best for Android.
Nokia is slowly dying... there were rumours about a microsoft purchase earlier this year, it'd be a great move in order to improve wp7 presence!
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