Nokia seeks to retake China market share with Windows phones
Reuters - Wed, 28th Mar 2012 09:52 AM
BEIJING/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia will start to sell a new range of smartphones using Microsoft software in China from April, seeking to claw back market share it has seen gobbled up by Apple and Samsung in the past year.
China has become one of the hottest growing markets for smartphone makers, with Apple Chief Executive Cook also visiting Beijing at the same time for talks with government officials amid problems for the firm ranging from labour issues to a contested iPad trademark.
Nokia's move will also be an important test for the Windows Phone, which has so far had limited appeal although Nokia, the world's largest cellphone maker by volume, has put all its eggs in the Microsoft basket, dumping its own smartphone software platforms last year.
Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop unveiled two models based on the Lumia 610 and Lumia 800 cellphones but designed for Chinese networks, which will go on sale through China Telecom , the nation's third largest carrier.
"This is an encouraging step into the burgeoning China market," said Geoff Blaber, analyst at CCS Insight in London.
Nokia said it would take its whole line-up of Windows phones to the Chinese market during the second quarter. Sales chief Colin Giles said Nokia planned to eventually sell its Windows phones through all of China's telecom carriers.
"Quite a lot will happen in China already in the second quarter," said Sami Sarkamies, analyst with Nordea in Helsinki.
Shares in Nokia rose 3.6 percent to 4.14 euros, also boosted after Sweden's Swedbank lifted its rating on the stock to "buy" from "neutral".
Nokia's share of the Chinese smartphone market - the largest market globally - fell to 30 percent last year from 70 percent in 2010 as it lost ground to Apple, Samsung and local players, according to researcher Strategy Analytics.
Microsoft has the full backing of Nokia for its Windows Phones, but is struggling to get equal support from other handset makers, such as Samsung, which are clearly focused on their Android offerings.
Microsoft's share of the smartphone market fell to just 2 percent last quarter, from 3 percent a year ago and 13 percent four years earlier, Strategy Analytics said.
(Reporting by Terril Jones; and Tarmo
Need some help guys! Really confused about buyin my next phone! Its either gonna be nokia n8, 603, 701, sony neoV, samsung galaxy S or maybe iphone(long shot), drop in your suggestions! Not new to moddin, almost been a developer for symbian since 2 years, using a 5233 at the moment, priorities are good camera, good apps, gaming(rare, but yeah!), modding, tv-out..suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks:)
Andy, 27 Mar 2012it is so late and you cannot trust nokia as they were releasing belle in October, 2011, but re... moreNokia may take time to release updates but there are alternatives...delight belle...and yes, you can downgrade to Anna...
Excuse me,frankly speaking with my N8......very sorry,it's rather difficult to do operational particularly with touch screen,etc
Anonymous, 27 Mar 2012I updated my Nokia N8 with belle and I have had nothing but issues. The phone is not working a... morehmm..maybe something went wrong during installation...u should re install the software via nokia suite...i can asure you that Nokia Belle is awesome....
Anonymous, 27 Mar 2012I updated my Nokia N8 with belle and I have had nothing but issues. The phone is not working a... moreI think you dont have an N8.Perhaps you are just a fandroid a jealous one.N8 is the most voted and that justifies that it is No. 1 right now.So have a break cheers to nokia N8
AnonD-44925, 26 Mar 2012hi there! so, i need some information. many people are saying that after the belle update, som... moreI updated my Nokia N8 with belle and I have had nothing but issues. The phone is not working as it used to be. It is slower, it freezes up and restarts frequently. I used to love my N8, but I hate it after the updrage to belle.
kindly suggestion this mobile purchase to me?..
any advanced mobile after relese,,,
i need 5 mp & more and then flash...
front camera also...
( if not choose this mobile,which complained tell me?...)
how can I make video call on wifi,
or there is any possibility to make video call on skype?
did anybody notice dat n8 can't play flv files after belle update? or dis is happenin 2 me alone.
Dear Dr. Gaz,
Is there need of Dongle to install phoenix and delight belle?
n8, 27 Mar 2012As They Told That Nokia 701 N other New Device Will Get fp1 in One Or Two Week. N Ya Our N8 N ... moreit is so late and you cannot trust nokia as they were releasing belle in October, 2011, but released on 7 Febuary, 2012. Now why we should buy a paper weight (nokia's stuff, which does have operating software). I thinking to sell this phone asap and switch to iphone or samsung stuff. Go to hell nokia. Who will wait upto june and you never no they will say again december. I want to know why they released belle for n8, when it is not complete. I was watching movies through this phone to tv, when I was having anna. But the day 8 February I upgraded to belle, tv out (av) is not working and I can not watch any movie. I went to nokia care centre, they said you can not revert to anna. This bloody nokia doing shit on the road.
andy, 26 Mar 2012give the link of developer's site, is there any date mentioned for release of belle fp1. Of co... moreAs They Told That Nokia 701 N other New Device Will Get fp1 in One Or Two Week. N Ya Our N8 N Other 1st Generation S^3 Devices Will Get Update in Last Week Of June.
I Will Give The Link Of It Tonight At 12:00Am....
By the way, Nokia 701 is clocked at 1Ghz and it is using the same processor as N8 (ARM11).
Hi guys, I hope this post will be useful to tech geeks out there. I just found out that the ARM11 of N8 was under clocked. Or I should say, clocked at power efficient. It can actually run at speeds more than 1ghz. Here's the link to that PDF file.
Go directly to page 3 and you will see graphical representation. Further down at page 9, you will see comparisons from other processors
The trade off for more speed is power consumption. ARM11 cores consume more power at greater speeds.
SO, the question is, WHY DID NOKIA CLOCKED N8 AT 680MHZ WHEN IT CAN BE CLOCKED MORE THAN THAT? FOR POWER EFFICIENCY?
I hope someone can answer my question. Good day to all.
emo, 25 Mar 2012Hi, i also want to install Delight belle 5.1 on my phone. can you tell me how i can i update m... moreFirst of all you type *#0000# then software version updates.afterthat go option and click on check for update.and update phone to belle
Have been using this phone 1 year + Awesome phone and getting better after the Anna Upgrade followed by Belle. Drop the phone many times (hardcore usage) it's still working perfectly. love the metallic body and amoled screen. scratch resist screen and i did not use any screen protector from day 1 and the screen still looks great. For longer battery usage without any power available i suggest to switch to Power Saver Mode. It last u much more longer even with lots of 3G connection. Lots of Apps and widget at Nokia Store. Great Phone to have. i call this an under dog phone.