Susan, I would buy a good Nokia phone notwithstanding the operating system behind it. Why are we allowing these companies to get us into a twist over the operating system behind a device. It shouldn't matter. We just want the device to work as advertised. I have a Samsung Galaxy phone and I don't care that it has Android. I just like the phone. I actually don't have to punch numbers; I can just pinch and swipe and the words appear.
Apple made a big hoopla about its iOS and as it turns out the "eco-system" as a competitive advantage doesn't really matter. The apps and the look and feel of the device matter more.
Your point is valid, nonetheless. The customer may not care about the operating system behind a device but they still want it to be a smooth and easy to use system. If Windows OS isn't delivering, why should customers buy a device that has the operating system? That's what's happening. Today, a news item came out that LG, the Korean telecommunication equipment company, said it won't be using Windows OS in future mobile phones. Demand for it isn't as good as demand for Android, according to the company. Which brings up the question: Why is Nokia not providing alternatives to its customers and let them choose? Why has it locked itself into a less attractive Windows operating system?
What Nokia needs is to create something Nokia, not to try to copycat Apple.
Susan, that's just the genesis of Nokia market woes. I can't see reason why Nokia top management echelon for taken pre-emptive of smartphone market. Well if Nokia had remained Symbian operated smartphone, the market pendulum would have probably swung to its side. I only knew of this according to their success in world market years back (1) Nokia/Symbian (2) iPhone/iOS and others. Today - (1) iPhone/iOS, (2) Samsung/Android, and others...
Do you add value to yourself by throwing away your identity and/or originality?
Ariella, that's my thoughts too. It will take more than a product to turn a company around. In the case of Nokia for example, Lumia smartphone isn't sufficient to propel its market leadership position.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.