Summary: Another nail is squeezed into Nokia’s coffin, again by Microsoft’s sheer incompetence
Ryan (DaemonFC) from our IRC channels made us aware that “Apple is thrashing around having its lawyers clean up the effects of their poorly designed software” and he gave this link to support his claim. We mentioned this briefly the last time we wrote about Apple's defects that help Linux. But watch what Nokia/Microsoft are facing.
Nokia has found a software bug in its Lumia 900 smartphone, its answer to Apple’s iPhone, and is effectively giving the model away until it is fixed, blunting its bid to turn around its fortunes in the United States.
Nokia’s first 4G phone, which it markets with the strapline “an amazingly fast way to connect”, can occasionally lose its data connection as a result of the bug, Nokia said.
Though still the world’s biggest volume maker of cellphones, Nokia lost the top spot in the lucrative smartphone market last year to Apple and Google, in part due to its weak performance in the United States, where its smartphones have slipped to less than a 1 percent market share.
This is so bad that “Nokia drops Lumia 900 price to $0 in response to bug outrage” (still too expensive). Nokia’s shares fall further.
Nokia used to have a strong market share in China, but right now Android dominates there. Why did the Microsoft mole not go with Android? It’s obvious why. A former Microsoft employee emits the article “Windows Phone’s many problems: Should Microsoft give up?”
Well, duh. As my co-host put it:
Microsoft’s WP7 can be summarized by giving the example of a star collapsing in on itself – its dragging everything near it, in with it. Nokia who to be fair have been suffering of late seem now to be in the death throes since their “arrangement” with Microsoft.
Microsoft entryism is expensive. Parts of Nokia are now fleeing back to Linux, but is it too late? █