Nokia will use the Linux MeeGo operating system in its flagship N-series platform in a bid to remain competitive against the iPhone and Android smartphones. However, the company will continue to use its Symbian operating system for its lower-end smartphones.
Nokia’s N8 is finally here, after being pre-announced by the company months ago, coming with the competition-crushing feature of a 12 megapixel camera and real xenon flash, alongside a host of other features that help Nokia “catch up” to the competition, but will it be a massive sales success or just another post N95, N-series placeholder until MeeGo powered Nokias take the limelight?
Market analysts IDC says that Apple's iPhone is now outselling Nokia to take the lead in the smartphone market. Australian smartphone shipments have risen 67% year-on-year in Q3 2010 with over 60% of new mobiles now being smartphones, according to the results of their Q3 mobile device tracker.
Nokia today filed its 20-F financial report for the last fiscal year, in which it reiterated its projections for the next year ahead on device sales and margins for both devices and services, as well as for its Nokia Siemens Networks division.
Faced with ever increasing competition from the likes of Apple, and the Google backed Android platform, Nokia and Yahoo! have formed a global alliance that will see Nokia become the exclusive, global provider of Yahoo!'s maps and navigation services and Yahoo! the exclusive, global provider of Nokia's Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat services
While Nokia continues to work on clawing back some of the once-market-leading smartphone business it has lost in the last few years to Apple and Android handset makers like Samsung, it has also slowly been building out a business based around its mapping and navigation division, rebranded as HERE earlier this year.