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Nokia CEO Promises High-end Smartphone Fight Back

Gordon Kelly


Nokia Exec Promises High-end Smartphone Fight Back

You know things are serious when CEOs start penning open letters. Steve Jobs is the most famed for mouthing off about topics he feels passionately about (usually a 50/50 mix of passion and crazy) and now Nokia Executive VP of Mobile Solutions Anssi Vanjoki is at it...

Speaking on the company's 'Nokia Conversations' blog, Vanjoki has penned a piece entitled 'The fightback starts now' (yes, I believe 'fight back' is two words as well) and the long and short of it is he feels the Finns are finally ready for a comeback - possibly with good reason.

"I am committed, perhaps even obsessed, with getting Nokia back to being number one in high-end devices," he explained while talking up Symbian^3 (now too late, if ask me) and - more credibly - MeeGo (pictured below).

"The current phase of MeeGo development is looking awesome," he continued. "We believe it will power the computers of the future. And the computers of the future will not be tied to a desk or even a lap – they will fit in your pocket... There is no denying, that as a challenger now, we have a fight on our hands. The first battle is to bring you products and services you will want to own and use, to inspire you to create and do new things in this ever changing digital world. I’m ready to take this challenge on, and so is the entire Nokia team."

Yes it is indeed fightin' talk and - while it is possible to pick holes in Vanjoki's arguments and make accusations as to why by far the world's largest phone maker found itself in this jam in the first place, I'm glad that is his tone.

Besides whereas Moblin and Maemo had potential, combining the two via the unlikely Nokia Intel partnership actually looks to be bearing fruit. Perhaps the most exciting point though is if Nokia can finally get its software right we all know the hardware and the price tag will take care of itself...

Source: Nokia Conversations: 'The fightback begins now'

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